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Originally Posted by Chozart View Post
Given that brands sometimes use different OEMs, the quality can vary within a brand... heck, even within a product line (older Antec Earthwatts are Seasonic units, while newer are from... well, I forgot. The older ones are quite good, while on the newer ones the jury is still out, but things seem to indicate that they're not as good as the older ones).
That would be Delta, performance should be close to the Seasonics (maybe a little worse, still no reviews ).

I'm sorry for going a little off topic earlier, I like talking about PSUs . If you are spending a nice chunk of change on a Q6600 and a gtx280 please don't skimp on the PSU. You really should consider upping your budget to accommodate for something like the Corsair TX650. Like Chozart said, the Corsairs are usually the best buy and their 5 year warranty is good around the world unlike some companies like Thermaltake that knock it down to 1 year outside of N.A.
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Fine. Budget is now £60: VX550 it is then?

P.S. how long will the VX550 last? (i'm just thinking of long term cost.. it makes me feel better. I.E. £60 makes me scream, but if it lasts 5 years, then £1 a month sounds good to me)

(i just wrote this in GFX card thread, here is my plan)

PLAN

1) Buy a PSU now. (Most definatley Corsair VX550)
2) mid/end of june see HOW MUCH better GTX 260 is (price and performence) against 9800GTX
3) See whether ATI 4870 & 4850 will really be the low prices sites they claim they will be.
4) Pick best value for money card.

Is there anything wrong with that? It may be a little on the low side, but 550w will power a 9800GTX, surely?
Edited by desertmonk - 6/5/08 at 2:36am
    
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This specific 550W sure will (41A on a single 12V rail... quite enough, and more than many 600W+ PSUs deliver).
    
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post #24 of 36
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Originally Posted by desertmonk View Post
P.S. how long will the VX550 last?
Ok, so quality and power-wise the VX550 is fine, But how long can i expect it to last?

Will sound stupid: Just to check, before i buy, there aren't going to be any major changes within the next 2 years that would make this PSU in-compatable with newer technology? (E.G. add another few pins to teh motherboard connecter, or scrap teh ATX size/dimensions)
    
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Originally Posted by shinji2k View Post
Please raise your budget for something like a Corsair TX650.
Ecuse my ignorance about PSUs, but HOW LONG WILL A TX/VX Corsair last? If it will last 5 years (and no major design changes within those 5 years. e.g. adding another 4 pins to MOBO) then i am happy to pay £70, BECAUSE to me a good PSU is an INVETSMENT as i can use it on the next 1 or even 2 builds.


P.S. there are TX650 for £62 inc P&P. Are TX series better than VX?
Edited by desertmonk - 6/5/08 at 4:07am
    
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post #26 of 36
keep an eye out at ebuyer cos one time they priced the TX650 cheaper than the VX550 by £1 which is a good buy £53.36 something for VX550 and £53 for TX650
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post #27 of 36
This week only offer on a decent PSU on OcUK:

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=CA-008-CS

And we can't really predict how long you'll need this PSU before you have to upgrade to a higher wattage. That PSU will last a good few years though.
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And we can't really predict how long you'll need this PSU before you have to upgrade to a higher wattage.

Thats OK, i don't expect you to be psycic, i just wondered about lifespan.
Delevivered to my Door:
VX550 £54
TX 650 (DABS) £62


What is the difference between the VX and the TX?


Thanks again for all your helpful replies much appreciated
    
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post #29 of 36
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Originally Posted by desertmonk View Post
Delevivered to my Door:
VX550 £54
TX 650 (DABS) £62


What is the difference between the VX and the TX?


Thanks again for all your helpful replies much appreciated
Oh lifespan.... I'd expect perhaps 5 - 10 years out of it? I don't know I'm really just guessing, but something like a Corsair unit is generally well built and has quality parts so should last a good deal of time.

Also for an explanation on vx, tx and hx just look at these links...
http://www.corsairmemory.com/products/vx.aspx
http://www.corsairmemory.com/products/hx.aspx
http://www.corsairmemory.com/products/tx.aspx
Edited by voice - 6/5/08 at 11:54am
post #30 of 36
If you want it to last as long as possible go for the highest wattage you can, as it will help it to keep up with newer hardware. I don't think nehalem (new intel arcitecture coming in early 2009) has any different power connectors so it should be fine for at least 4-5years but its hard to say for sure.
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