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i am looking at gettin a new power supply and i wanted it to have modular cables, so it would be cleaner/neater inside for better airflow. i have been looking on newegg at the reviews to see which ones are better.
i am looking at the Aerocool zero dba 620w, coolmax cug 700b, or the enermax liberty 620w.

so my question is which of these would best suit my rig? or should i look at other options?

i also plan on upgrading my cpu, mobo and ram soon. probably one of the new intel procs in july and a p5n32 or something.
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post #2 of 27
Of the ones you mentioned, only the Enermax should be considered. The others are not worth the money.

Depending on what you plan to run inside that rig, these are the best picks imo:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139001http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139001 $129.99
Yes, 520W, but 40A on the 12V rails...

In comparison, the Coolmax delivers 41.67A (and isn't half as good in quality). The Aerocool is a total joke with only 36A on the 12V rails... The Enermax is good quality, but still can't match the Corsair, since it delivers 30A on the 12V rails.

For any rig with an 8800 series card, the 520W Corsair is plenty.
    
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Mushkin 550w

This one is supposed to be really decent for the price. check out the review here: SKYMTL thread

Check to see his method of testing, his scores are very legit.
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Yeah I really like my 620 Corsair really stable 12V rail on load....I would imagine the 520 is of the same quality...The 5 year warranty is nice to....
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sepheronx View Post
Mushkin 550w

This one is supposed to be really decent for the price. check out the review here: SKYMTL thread

Check to see his method of testing, his scores are very legit.
12V1 + 12V2 = 28A according to the label, as pictured in that review! Not exactly what we're looking for to power a rig with an 8800 series card in it

Check Jonnyguru also... they had a Mushkin failing quite miserably.
    
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Either Corsair will run rock solid with your current system; they can run over their rated watts and still be stable, which is a testament to quality (I believe CPU Magazine was able to run the HX620 at +180 watts over).

The Seasonic M12's are also great options in the modular category.
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I prefer a 750W Silverstone DA (Decathalon)

It's a bit expensive but 60A in single 12V line. Also made by quality. Also the PCP&C for a bit more is also good..

Also the 750 would really allow you to put basically anything in your rig.

If you are looking at a lower price range look at different Decathalon's

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...113790&name=No


Corsair HX620W

One of the best...
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I prefer a 750W Silverstone DA (Decathalon)

It's a bit expensive but 60A in single 12V line. Also made by quality. Also the PCP&C for a bit more is also good..

Also the 750 would really allow you to put basically anything in your rig.

If you are looking at a lower price range look at different Decathalon's

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...113790&name=No


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The silverstones are nice, but it puts him in a different price range (based on the units he listed.) Also, the 750W version is overkill for his rig.

There is a 650W Decathlon also, which is still more expensive though:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817256021

I stand with the 520W Corsair. Plenty power for his rig, and afforable.
    
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Chozart, once again, i have to disagree with your comment. Read the article and read SKYMTL's info on his rig. That rig is more then enough to run it. There is a total of 40 amps through the unit, divided by 2 to run through each rail. Once again, you need to look close at what you are talking about.

SKYMTL has spoke with Johnny Guru, and if you read through the review, you will see what SKYMTL uses to test, and the testing equipment is much more then a multimeter like you are thinking.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sepheronx View Post
Chozart, once again, i have to disagree with your comment. Read the article and read SKYMTL's info on his rig. That rig is more then enough to run it. There is a total of 40 amps through the unit, divided by 2 to run through each rail. Once again, you need to look close at what you are talking about.

SKYMTL has spoke with Johnny Guru, and if you read through the review, you will see what SKYMTL uses to test, and the testing equipment is much more then a multimeter like you are thinking.
This is the test rig:
Test Platform:
DFI Lanparty SLI-DR Expert
AMD X2 3800+ (at 2.6Ghz)
2GB Corsair PC4000 Ram (at 520Mhz)
EVGA 8800GTS (Stock, OC 650/1900, SLI)
1x Samsung Spinpoint 250GB SATA Hard drive
Antec Sonata Case
Pioneer DVD Writer

And a quote from his review:
Quote:
Originally Posted by SKYMTL
Here we are with another manufacturer that is not afraid to show the actual output of the rails. It looks like even though the rails are rated at 20A each, the combined output is actually 28A (336W) which is quite decent.
There isn't 40A available, as proven here by this comment and the image of the label right above it. In most cases, you CANNOT add the rails up... this is a fundamental issue with multi rail PSUs.

First, 28A is NOT decent in my opinion. Second, that test rig isn't that much of a power hog! It's also CPU bottleneck, never even demanding the full power of the 8800GTS's. And I miss tests of crossload, and ripple on the other rails (5V, 3.3V). It's an ok review, better than some others, but not to the level of Jonnyguru, who puts insane loads on PSUs, which is the way it's supposed to be when testing them.

Here is a review of a mushkin by jonny... granted, different model... I don't know if the differences are cosmetic, or that Mushkin actually changed the guts:
http://www.jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=31
    
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