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Originally Posted by Sonikku13 View Post

Could voltage regulation and ripple make the difference between say... a 24 multiplier, and a 24.5 multiplier? If it does, I know the route I'm going. And what about long-term viability of those power supplies? I can probably answer it myself, which is they're good long-term... I know warranties aren't the way to determine quality though.

I also read here that buying a PSU with lower ripple is a hedge against capacitor degradation. http://www.overclock.net/t/719397/on-ripple-and-its-effects-on-overclocking/0_100

It comes down to... am I willing to shell out $170 for the AX760i for it's excellent performance, or do I go cheaper for a little less performance. I won't be adding another video card to this system, I feel a 7970 will last me a long time. It's already been 16 months and I haven't found a game yet where I have to turn down the settings.

Oh, the software that comes with the AX760i? I won't be using it, so it doesn't matter to me whether it's buggy or not.

How about the Super Flower Golden King or one of its rebrands?
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I'm being nit-picky here, but there's no MOV. Yes, I know the MOV is only for protection against power surges, AFAIK. I plug in to a surge protector currently, but I dunno if I'll be plugging into one when I move out of my current house soon, probably this summer. So, to be safe, I need a MOV. Unless good surge protectors are relatively cheap, but then again, what if the surge protector fails? If I had the surge protector, then I'd have two points of protection if I had a power supply with a MOV. Like the AX760i. And I couldn't tell whether the Fractal Design R3 Newton 600W has a MOV or not.

So, yeah... no MOV. I gotta figure out the value of a PSU having a MOV, seeing as my PC, including all the upgrades, is getting close to $3,000.
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If you are using a "surge protector" that you got for $20 at the store, it's not going to provide any more protection than a regular power sstrip against a true lightning surge.

The truly great surge protectors (aka the ones that actually work) often have some integrated voltage regulation circuit. I have found that the TrippLite ISOBar4Ultra (also the 6/8/HT models) cut the ripple from any PSU I've plugged into them by about half. That, and I have have had a direct lightningstrike and I ddidn't lose a single thing plugged into any of these units I had, so now it's all I'll use. The "regular" surge protectors cost me quite a bit of money, and two years suing the company to pay for damages that they "warranty" (they tried to give me a $850 check for stuff @ 15x the cost)...
   
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If you are using a "surge protector" that you got for $20 at the store, it's not going to provide any more protection than a regular power sstrip against a true lightning surge.

The truly great surge protectors (aka the ones that actually work) often have some integrated voltage regulation circuit. I have found that the TrippLite ISOBar4Ultra (also the 6/8/HT models) cut the ripple from any PSU I've plugged into them by about half. That, and I have have had a direct lightningstrike and I ddidn't lose a single thing plugged into any of these units I had, so now it's all I'll use. The "regular" surge protectors cost me quite a bit of money, and two years suing the company to pay for damages that they "warranty" (they tried to give me a $850 check for stuff @ 15x the cost)...

Good to know. At least I'm moving out soon, so I'll only need one. I think if I'm getting a new PSU, I should also splurge a bit on a surge protector. And all the reviews I'm reading on it are positive. Unfortunately, I don't have the money to protect everything in my current home, but I want to protect everything that I've got my own money sunk into.
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