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Hey All,

Based on what I've found out below, I'm looking for a 550w PSU - what I need is as follows:

8x (or more) SATA connectors (for 7x hard drive, 1x DVD+RW)
2x 6pin PCi-E connectors (for GPU)
2x (or more) Molex connectors (for case fans)
1 x 24-pin ATX and 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V (for motherboard)

Note: I know many current PSUs come with 6x SATA rather than the 8 I need, I could go with 3x Molex and use a 1x Molex to 2x SATA converter if it makes much difference.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to a good one to get?

Thanks for any help you can provide! I've never really been in the market for a decent PSU before.
Edited by BMT - 9/2/13 at 8:33am
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post #2 of 14
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Hey All,

After a few years it seems my 650w PSU is finally starting to give up; it's lasted much longer than I ever expected it to (got it back in April 2009!) - unfortunately the PSU fan seems to be having quite some trouble spinning now, so I think replacing it is likely overdue.

My current rig is as follows:

Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced (USB 3 Version) Case
Gigabyte X58A-UD3R (Rev 1.0) | Intel Core i7 930 (Stock) | 12GB DDR3 1600 Mhz (6x2GB)
MSI N460GTX Hawk 1GB
1x Samsung 830 (256GB) | 1x Samsung HD103UJ (1TB) 7200RPM | 1x DVD+RW
3x Samsung HD103SJ (1TB) 7200RPM | 1x Samsung HD204UI (2TB) 5400RPM (x7 SATA total)
1x External Bluray drive (USB 3)

The only thing I may end up replacing at some point is one or more of the 1TB drives with a 2+TB drive, everything else unless I pretty much plan to stick with until it dies, as it's more than powerful enough for what I use it for (the occasional bit of gaming or video editing, plus general internet browsing, watching HD films, etc.)

What I need from a PSU is:

8x (or more) SATA connectors | 2x 6pin PCi-E connectors (for GPU) | 2x (or more) Molex connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX | 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V (for motherboard)

Note: I know many current PSUs come with 6x SATA rather than the 8 I need, I could go with 3x Molex and use a 1x Molex to 2x SATA converter if it makes much difference.

Questions:

- Is 650w overkill or should I stick with it?
- What are people's current go-to brands in terms of PSUs? It's been quite some time since I last looked into this are Corsair and Cooler Master still good choices?
- Does anyone have any particular recommendation(s) as to what I should be buying? I'm looking for something that will last - but more towards the £70 than £100+ end of things if possible.

A couple I found:

Is something like the Cooler Master RS650-ACAAD3-UK any good?
Could I get away with a 630w PSU such as the ThermalTake SP-630PCWEU - and again, any good?

I appreciate this is quite wall of text-ish - thank you very much for reading and for any help/advice you can give!

You dont need more then 550 watts for your system more is just overkill

Also know that almost every PSU you can buy is not made by the brand that sells its

Your old PSU was not nor is the Cooler Master GX
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post #3 of 14
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You dont need more then 550 watts for your system more is just overkill
Also know that almost every PSU you can buy is not made by the brand that sells its

Thanks - I found http://www.extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine in another thread and it's saying Mimimum: 515 W, recommended 565 W - you still wouldn't go for more than 550w?

Do you have any specific recommendations as to what PSUs I should be looking at in that case? I'm a complete novice when it comes to buying PSUs, in the past I've just gone for price/required capabilities.
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post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by BMT View Post

Thanks - I found http://www.extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine in another thread and it's saying Mimimum: 515 W, recommended 565 W - you still wouldn't go for more than 550w?

Do you have any specific recommendations as to what PSUs I should be looking at in that case? I'm a complete novice when it comes to buying PSUs, in the past I've just gone for price/required capabilities.

Either you used the calculator the wrong way way or you used a bad one

Either way they will often tell you that you need more either to cover all the crappy units that cant do its rated wattage or to sell you a bigger one then you need

In this case all you need is 550 watts

Just watch this

I bet your system would not go above 400 watts load
Edited by shilka - 9/2/13 at 6:02am
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post #5 of 14
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Thank you, +rep'd for the useful information! I've looked at the site I normally get my computer components from and picked out a few that I thought seemed reasonable.

Cooler Master GX RS-550-ACAA-D3-UK 550W Power Supply
SS-550RM - 550W Seasonic G-550 (Currently out of stock)

Would I be fine with any of them? Or would you go for/avoid any of those in particular?
Edited by BMT - 9/2/13 at 6:11am
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post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by BMT View Post

Thank you, I've looked at the site I normally get my computer components from and picked out a few that I thought seemed reasonable.

Cooler Master GX RS-550-ACAA-D3-UK 550W Power Supply
550W ThermalTake SP-550M SMART 80 Plus Bronze PSU
SS-550RM - 550W Seasonic G-550 (Currently out of stock)

Would I be fine with any of them? Or would you go for/avoid any of those in particular?

The Cooler Master GX is just very average
The SMART is the same thing
The G is more of a mid range unit

But none of those are really high end

Nor is the GX or the SMART made by either Cooler Master or Thermaltake
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post #7 of 14
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How about the HALE90-550-M - 550W NZXT HALE90550S?
Or alternatively, 620W Seasonic M12II-620, Modular? - More powerful than I need, but in stock in the UK. Haven't been able to find their 550w range in stock.

Or if both of those are poor too, does anyone have any suggestions?
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Thanks - unfortunately I need 8 SATA connectors, that one only provides 3.
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post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by BMT View Post

How about the HALE90-550-M - 550W NZXT HALE90550S?
Or alternatively, 620W Seasonic M12II-620, Modular? - More powerful than I need, but in stock in the UK. Haven't been able to find their 550w range in stock.

Or if both of those are poor too, does anyone have any suggestions?

The NZXT HALE 90 V1 550 watts is a very good PSU but for some strange reason the 550 version is non modular

I had a 1000 watts myself and i have worked with the 650 watts version before

Overall i rather like it but its not really cheap

On the other hand it is in my mind the best Super Flower Golden Green you can buy

Its also 80 plus platinum despite it says 80 plus gold
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