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Alright there. Undoubtedly this site gets this alot but I'm really struggling to be decisive in purchasing a new PSU. Had my fair share of cheap and ultimately failing PSU's from the non brands and thought it would be best to now spend some decent money on one that will be reliable and last. I'm far from an expert but I know what makes a decent PSU after the experiences I've had with my last few, but you are the experts so I'd rather get the opinion of some of you guys before I make a purchase. So thanks for your help in advance.

I only have the basics in that I have a 150GB hard drive, a DVD RW etc but obviously the main things you'll want to know

Radeon HD 6950 2GB
AMD Phenom x 4 3.4Ghz
8GB DDR3

Now ideally, I don't really want to spend more than £65 and having looked around I'm finding the same three PSU's (GS600, CX600 and the ModXStreamPro) appealing to me. Would these be bad/average/good/excellent for the above set up or are there any alternatives that are cheaper, more efficient etc that you could give me? Just opinions would be helpful, been stuck without a decent PSU that can stick with my Card for a few months now. Currently have some cheap PSU in, and had to take my graphics card out for the time being just to avoid the system surging in order to use my computer. Killing me.

Like I say, cheers for any advice anyone can give me. It is much appreciated!
post #2 of 9
You are right. OCN does get this question A LOT. Check the sticky at the top of the forum, or use the search feature for those three PSU you want more information on.

Link to sticky: http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies

The Corsair PSU are usually strong contenders. I have a CX500M in one machine, an AX860 in another, and a AX1200i in this system, and happy with all three.

Greg
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Originally Posted by hammong View Post

You are right. OCN does get this question A LOT. Check the sticky at the top of the forum, or use the search feature for those three PSU you want more information on.

Link to sticky: http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies

The Corsair PSU are usually strong contenders. I have a CX500M in one machine, an AX860 in another, and a AX1200i in this system, and happy with all three.

Greg

Cheers man. Yeah I saw the sticky threads above but having trawled through alot on many different sites including this one, I just wanted to get the direct opinions from people that was all. Cheers though, I imagine replying to these sorts of threads gets fairly tedious.
post #4 of 9
You don't need 600W, and the three power supplies you're talking about are kind of... meh. Though (current, 2013 version) GS600 is pretty good, just not built as well as some others.

Recommended list is good, but it doesn't tell you what's better than something else on the list. Generally, in the UK you can get XFX Core Pro 550W or OCZ ZS 550W in the £50-60 range or so, and they're better than the CX and ModXStream Pro and use better capacitors than the GS. Those are solid enough and have more than enough wattage to handle that system.
post #5 of 9
OCZ ModXStream Pro is a huge no no

Corsair CX is a no unless you are broke and dont have money for anything better

Corsair GS is just meh about as average as you can get

At the end of the day i would not buy anything from Corsair they are overpriced and often you can find just as good or better for a lower price

Going by brand is meaningless anyway as almost every brand does not make their own units but buy from OEM´s
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OCZ ModXStream Pro is a huge no no

Corsair CX is a no unless you are broke and dont have money for anything better

Corsair GS is just meh about as average as you can get

At the end of the day i would not buy anything from Corsair they are overpriced and often you can find just as good or better for a lower price

Going by brand is meaningless anyway as almost every brand does not make their own units but buy from OEM´s

Pardon my ignroance, I have the OCZ modxstream pro 600 watt, why is that a huge no-no?
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Pardon my ignroance, I have the OCZ modxstream pro 600 watt, why is that a huge no-no?

This is why
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Build Quality

Externally the OCZ 700W ModXStream Pro is a fairly subdued semi-modular design that looks good. The unit has a nice finish, well sleeved cables, good quality modular cables, and a large overhead fan. However, once we open the unit we find that OCZ 700W ModXStream Pro looks very much like a cheap group regulated unit. This is further compounded by the fact that the unit has some questionable component selections in the mystery "Rec" capacitors. Good capacitors only add slightly to the total cost of a unit so why even something along the lines of Samxon or at the very least Teapo was excluded from this build is bewildering. Further, the unit only features a 3 year warranty and with questionable capacitors this is hardly reassuring. Also related here is the unit’s "documentation." The documentation that came with the unit is simply a waste of time. This fact is punctuated by the power distribution table at the back of the manual was never actually finished by whomever was annotating it. The only upside to all of this is most of the information about the unit is printed on the packaging, but still sans a correct power distribution table as these are genuinely useful. They are especially useful when units do not follow the ATX12v specification or EPS specification for 12v power distribution such as this unit.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2008/11/12/ocz_700w_modxstream_pro_power_supply/#.UfuuGm1roQg

Its a cheap not very well made unit

Have seen one here on OCN that cought fire a few weeks back

I call the OCZ ModXStream Pro crap sory but thats how it is
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post #8 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by shilka View Post

This is why
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Build Quality

Externally the OCZ 700W ModXStream Pro is a fairly subdued semi-modular design that looks good. The unit has a nice finish, well sleeved cables, good quality modular cables, and a large overhead fan. However, once we open the unit we find that OCZ 700W ModXStream Pro looks very much like a cheap group regulated unit. This is further compounded by the fact that the unit has some questionable component selections in the mystery "Rec" capacitors. Good capacitors only add slightly to the total cost of a unit so why even something along the lines of Samxon or at the very least Teapo was excluded from this build is bewildering. Further, the unit only features a 3 year warranty and with questionable capacitors this is hardly reassuring. Also related here is the unit’s "documentation." The documentation that came with the unit is simply a waste of time. This fact is punctuated by the power distribution table at the back of the manual was never actually finished by whomever was annotating it. The only upside to all of this is most of the information about the unit is printed on the packaging, but still sans a correct power distribution table as these are genuinely useful. They are especially useful when units do not follow the ATX12v specification or EPS specification for 12v power distribution such as this unit.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2008/11/12/ocz_700w_modxstream_pro_power_supply/#.UfuuGm1roQg

Its a cheap not very well made unit

Have seen one here on OCN that cought fire a few weeks back

I call the OCZ ModXStream Pro crap sory but thats how it is
no no, i asked because i was genuinely concerned.
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post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by cazanon View Post

no no, i asked because i was genuinely concerned.

Yes its not very good if thats what you wanted to know

I still recall that one that cought fire a few weeks back the owner even posted photos of it just cant find the thread again
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