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Yes Shilka

I do try to keep up with the reviews, many of those PSU's are incredibly expensive, and while I know I shouldn't scrimp on the power supply cost, I don't run more than 1 GPU and my first proper overclock will be my Haswell setup, so I am comfortable with the around £100 pricemark.
As i have said previously Johnny Guru site has taught me a heap load, and I pass this on to all my friends as we trudge through our PC hobby smile.gif

Odd thing is, I have been building PC's since 1995 (because before then I was SURE the Amiga would triumph smile.gif ), and I have to say that only in the last 5 years or so has the importance of PSU really hit home.
I dread to think how many system failures happened due to the little firework factories that come included with budget pc cases smile.gif

I am also hoping the OP of this thread has seen the light too, it may be a hard pill to swallow shelling out more on a decent power supply, but it will pay off in the end.
The logic is thus, are you going to trust something at £30 for £800 worth of components?
    
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Yes Shilka

I do try to keep up with the reviews, many of those PSU's are incredibly expensive, and while I know I shouldn't scrimp on the power supply cost, I don't run more than 1 GPU and my first proper overclock will be my Haswell setup, so I am comfortable with the around £100 pricemark.
As i have said previously Johnny Guru site has taught me a heap load, and I pass this on to all my friends as we trudge through our PC hobby smile.gif

Odd thing is, I have been building PC's since 1995 (because before then I was SURE the Amiga would triumph smile.gif ), and I have to say that only in the last 5 years or so has the importance of PSU really hit home.
I dread to think how many system failures happened due to the little firework factories that come included with budget pc cases smile.gif

I am also hoping the OP of this thread has seen the light too, it may be a hard pill to swallow shelling out more on a decent power supply, but it will pay off in the end.
The logic is thus, are you going to trust something at £30 for £800 worth of components?

I really dont like the Corsair CX that much as its just barely above being a fire hazard

But if you are low on cash and still need something thats a entry level choice

Next up is the Seasonic made bronze units the XFX Pro series is based on a Seasonic and those are pretty cheap as well
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I am really surprised at your distaste for the CX430. Sure, the 500, 600, and 750 units are pretty useless when compared on the enthusiast level, but the 430 is kinda a gem in its segment.

I have previously owned a CX400 which is now discontinued. Those were a Seasonic design and it was considered hands down one of the best PSU's in that size. There was alot of complaining around here when that PSU was no longer offered. IIRC I think I had no problem selling mine for $50 here on OCN. In fact, years ago when I posted a thread about what kind of GPU I could run on that CX400, most of the experienced hands around here had no problem telling me that it would probably run any GPU I could buy. Most reviews showed that unit to be well underrated anyway.

Of course, that was like 3 years ago and GPU's have grown a little hungrier now! But still.
    
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post #44 of 49
When it comes to over buying on a PSU I'm a great example, This 860w Platinum unit is over kill.. But keep in mind that I was planning on running two GTX 480's which are more than capable of pulling 250w each, and I really don't like the idea of running a PSU at over 70% capacity for extended periods.
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When it comes to over buying on a PSU I'm a great example, This 860w Platinum unit is over kill.. But keep in mind that I was planning on running two GTX 480's which are more than capable of pulling 250w each, and I really don't like the idea of running a PSU at over 70% capacity for extended periods.

For its time the Seasoinc Platinum was one of the best you could buy other then the ripple is not that good compare to the X series

Today the Seasonic Platinum is not the best anymore it has very heavy competition now
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post #46 of 49
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For its time the Seasoinc Platinum was one of the best you could buy other then the ripple is not that good compare to the X series

Today the Seasonic Platinum is not the best anymore it has very heavy competition now

Yeah but I have no buyers remorse. My only issue with it is the orientation of the SATA power connectors, with the fan facing the bottom of my case they're oriented in the wrong direction.
post #47 of 49
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My only issue with it is the orientation of the SATA power connectors, with the fan facing the bottom of my case they're oriented in the wrong direction.
It's easy to fix, remove the connector cap , pop the wires out and reverse the connector ( one connector at a time if it's something you've never done, so you make sure to keep the pinout correct )
post #48 of 49
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Thank you guys for great psu reviews .but does anyone know how to check if it's my mobo fault for burning psus.because even if codegen psu was a "cheap Chinese firecracker" it shouldn't have burned in a nanosecond
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post #49 of 49
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Thank you guys for great psu reviews .but does anyone know how to check if it's my mobo fault for burning psus.because even if codegen psu was a "cheap Chinese firecracker" it shouldn't have burned in a nanosecond

Testing a power supply is far easier than testing a motherboard, and I would think you'd need to be able to verify the PSU is supplying clean power before you could go about testing the motherboard itself. The voltages and ripple on the motherboard are all dependent on the what the PSU supplies. Something else to consider is the wiring in the house, all a surge protector does is prevent large spikes, if you have bad wiring or for a different reason are getting poor quality power from the wall that could also be the cause of this problem.

You can test a power supply with a multimeter, it simply requires jumping pins 15 and 16 on the 24 pin connector. The only caveat is that you won't be able to load test it , but it will allow you to verify that it's supplying the proper voltages. There are also application specific PSU testers available but the quality varies, they tend to be made by computer hardware vendors and not companies known for electrical diagnostic equipment.

Based on what you've described though, I'm leaning towards bad VRM's, or another voltage regulation related part on the motherboard being the most likely cause. This post on Badcaps explains how to test for bad VRM's.

http://www.badcaps.net/forum/showthread.php?t=600
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