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Decent PSU for mild OC + midrange GFX. This one?

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This will be my set up

am2 3800+ x2 mild overclock hopefully

Asus M2n-E SLI
OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 Platinum
x800gto unlocked to x850xt+
3 or 4 sata/ide drives

I have a tall case so i need one with a longer motherboard power thingy (my last system i had to lay a psu on the floor of the case)

Im looking at the silverstone range, but not sure if that has what i need (the longer motherboard power)
The one im um'ing and ar'ing is the "Silverstone Element ST50EF-Plus ATX12V 500W Power"

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817256008

Would this be suitable for my needs? Thanks.
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post #2 of 13
First, the PSU is a good choice from a power perspective.

Here is the same one, but cheaper, and the vendor is reputable (used often by members of jonnyguru.com, which is a known PSU review site):
http://deadeyedata.com/index.php?mai...products_id=93

You also see the specs on that website, and you note the length of the cables is given:
1 x 20+4pin motherboard connector (550mm)
1 x 4+4pin ATX12V connector (550mm)
2 x 6-pin PCI-E (380mm)
2 x SATA power connectors (500mm + 250mm + 250mm)
6 x 4-pin IDE power connector (500mm + 250mm + 150mm)
1 x 4-pin floppy power connector
(500mm + 250mm + 150mm +150mm)

Now, measure the cables of your old PSU, and estimate how 'short' they are. Then you get an idea if this PSU will work. For example, the 24+4 pin power connector on this PSU is 550mm (about 21.5 inches). Say that the cable of your current PSU is 17.5 inches. If it is about 2 inches short from the connector, you know the Silverstone will be fine... if not, then... well, look for another one
    
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post #3 of 13
Its funny, I am running my rig in my sig w/ a 380W PSU.

My CPU is OCed and My Graphics are OCed 10K in 3Dmark06!

Wattage means nothing.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nirvania View Post
Its funny, I am running my rig in my sig w/ a 380W PSU.

My CPU is OCed and My Graphics are OCed 10K in 3Dmark06!

Wattage means nothing.
I know this - I just need one suitable for my case.
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post #5 of 13
Whats your budget? If you have the money, go w/ Seasonic
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post #6 of 13
IT's not that wattage means nothing. Yes, amps on the 12V rails are also important (Note... your PSU does NOT deliver 34A.... that would exceed the total Wattage of that unit).

You're running fine now... but I am pretty sure it won't last long
what are your voltages right now (under full load, including 3D graphics), and how hot does that unit get?

PS: did you see my post with the cable lengths?

Sorry, I now notice you're in New Zealand... so the price difference doesn't matter to you

And I dare say that those Silverstones (except Strider) give Seasonic a good challenge
    
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post #7 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chozart
what are your voltages right now (under full load, including 3D graphics), and how hot does that unit get?
I have Everest, how do i check?
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post #8 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by nirvania View Post
I have Everest, how do i check?
Everest should report them...right? To put a 3D load on the card without leaving the desktop, I'd get ATITool and let the 'fuzzy cube' run. Then also put a load on the CPU (Orthos), and check what the voltages do.
    
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post #9 of 13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chozart View Post
IT's not that wattage means nothing. Yes, amps on the 12V rails are also important (Note... your PSU does NOT deliver 34A.... that would exceed the total Wattage of that unit).

You're running fine now... but I am pretty sure it won't last long
what are your voltages right now (under full load, including 3D graphics), and how hot does that unit get?

PS: did you see my post with the cable lengths?

Sorry, I now notice you're in New Zealand... so the price difference doesn't matter to you

And I dare say that those Silverstones (except Strider) give Seasonic a good challenge
Hey yes i did notice your post, remember you helped me choose that my motherboard a few hours ago (I thank you again) I haven't booted up the pc yet as im still need to get hold of my ram off my friend (i will in a hour or 2) the psu im use before the upgrade ran fine with an overclocked 3000+ and my x800xt But i want to move it to my girlfriends new pc. If your remember i don't have much of a choice as i have only one store i can visit atm but they have a nice range of silverstone psu's.
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post #10 of 13
Load

+12V=11.97
+3.3=3.23
+5=4.78
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1x80GB + 1x200GB Pioneer DVD Burner Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Samsung 940BW 19" Widescreen 
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