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Choosing a PSU, help please

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Hi guys, lots of great info on this board. Really usefull resource

I wondered if someone can help me out with the old "which PSU" question? I'm upgrading my current system and need to upgrade my PSU to compensate for the extra drain. I want to future proof to some extent for futher upgrades over time, the current setup is....

* Thermaltake LCS (just the cpu block at the mo) + the 5 standard fans
* Foxconn mobo with PentiumD 2x 3.4Gig processors
* 2x 1g DDR2 667mhz
* 2 Hard drives 80g and a 40g
* ATI Radeon 9250
* DVD r/w
* Old Soundblaster live card

I want to change or add...
* 500g hard drive to replace 40g possibly x2 over time, this will be purely media storage and playback for media centre application. May go for one of those external drives that can be used through the tv without the pc.
* All in one Graphics water cooler or expand current Thermaltake system.
* Graphics card, probably x1950XT (AGP)
* Decent sound card (poss with front bay)
* Drive bay LCD screen for media centre application
* UV strip lights x2 (cos i'm a tart )


I was looking at the purepower thermaltake series of power supplies but I heard the Tough power 750w was the only decent one they do. I worked out to the best of my ability that for what I wanted to add I would need around 600w to be safe, but I don't trust my Maths abilities one bit! Can you go overkill by using a PSU with too much power for your system? or is it just cost that dictates the variety of wattage on offer? I don't really care how much it costs but I initially looking at under £200 (UK Resident ) I would be happy to consider any brand so long as it's quiet. Noise is my main concern, I would prefer modular but that's negotiable. Also Single rail 12v seems to be the way to go by my reading but I don't know how important this really is for a system like this?

Finally not sure if it's imporatant but i'm running XP and use Photoshap CS2, dreamweaver, etc. Also this PC will be utilised as a media centre and I want to run Games like S.T.A.L.K.E.R etc with the high graphic modes enabled which may lead me on to some minor overclocking at some stage and possibly upgrading mobo for PCIe type to run a crossfire setup.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks
Yarodia
post #2 of 5
I advice you to get a SeaSonic S12 Energy Plus SS-650HT 650W or PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V. Both are less than £85 (I Guess!)

You can check this also: Power Supply Myths Exposed! -FYI Only-

Cheers
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Cheers, i'll take a look at them, and the link. Thank you
post #4 of 5
if you want a good psu go with seasonic i got one and it was the best i ever had ..

it has 2 fans 1x120mm 1x60mm the 60mm fan only comes on when required very silent .
    
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
6700k z 170 pro gameing GTX980 16 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
samsung ssd  SUPER WRITE MASTER. Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo win10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VW 199D g510 G7.. BitFenix Merc Beta Mid ATX Case 
MouseAudio
logitech m185 onbord. 
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post #5 of 5
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The Seasonic does look good. Can get it for just under £100 with free delivery, both looked good actually but since two people recommend the seasonic and its dimensions are almost identical to the Thermaltake PSU's I think i'll go for that one. Thank you very much for your advice on this much appreciated
Yarodia
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