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My requirements:

QUIET. Currently my PSU is the loudest thing in my computer, by far. It would be practically silent without it I think.
2 or more 4-pin 12V rails.
2 or more SATA connectors.
Preferably at least one PCI-E 6-pin connector, currently I have two adaptors but they steal two 4-pin IDE connectors each. It works but
cable management isn't easy, esp. as on this PSU I need a splitter to create an extra IDE connector!
Enough wattage to supply power to my sig rig, and perhaps a bit extra if I wish to go SLI in the future (although I could live without that)
Currently my 520 PSU seems to be doing fine, athough I experience crashes occasionally but I don't know if that's anything to do with the PSU
(gtx manual specifies 550 watt or higher).
Lanky cables. Not sure exactly what I need but I think as I move up to a better computer case the main power connector
may not reach.
Heat dissipation/efficiency/build quality are all nice things but are secondary considerations.
Price--the cheapest that meets these requirements, even though none are probably cheap...
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Originally Posted by auricgoldfinger View Post
My requirements:

QUIET. Currently my PSU is the loudest thing in my computer, by far. It would be practically silent without it I think.
2 or more 4-pin 12V rails.
2 or more SATA connectors.
Preferably at least one PCI-E 6-pin connector, currently I have two adaptors but they steal two 4-pin IDE connectors each. It works but
cable management isn't easy, esp. as on this PSU I need a splitter to create an extra IDE connector!
Enough wattage to supply power to my sig rig, and perhaps a bit extra if I wish to go SLI in the future (although I could live without that)
Currently my 520 PSU seems to be doing fine, athough I experience crashes occasionally but I don't know if that's anything to do with the PSU
(gtx manual specifies 550 watt or higher).
Lanky cables. Not sure exactly what I need but I think as I move up to a better computer case the main power connector
may not reach.
Heat dissipation/efficiency/build quality are all nice things but are secondary considerations.
Price--the cheapest that meets these requirements, even though none are probably cheap...
But do you have a specific budget? If so, then what is it, and what currency is it?
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post #3 of 28
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I haven't set a budget for myself. Whatever I don't spend on PSUs I can potentially invest in something else. It's turning out to be that the top of the range items in any component are always expensive. I haven't shelled out for a case yet and want to see how I can balance it with the cost of a PSU. The currency is GBP. But surely the cheapest is the cheapest in any currency?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by auricgoldfinger View Post
I haven't set a budget for myself. Whatever I don't spend on PSUs I can potentially invest in something else. It's turning out to be that the top of the range items in any component are always expensive. I haven't shelled out for a case yet and want to see how I can balance it with the cost of a PSU. The currency is GBP. But surely the cheapest is the cheapest in any currency?
If you were thinking of going SLI,then I would go with either the HX650 or the HX750 from Corsair.Dead quiet (I have an HX850,same fans in the HX750 IIRC (Yate Loons) )

Very solid effiency(80+Bronze) and great amperage on the 12v rail,as well as great warranty (7 years)

Prices for the HX650 are around £100 IIRC,the HX750 im not sure
    
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post #5 of 28
I'd go with the Corsair TX750W. It's what I use, for sub $100 its a great PSU, has plenty of connections, and supports Crossfire-X or SLI should you ever go down that path. Cables are wrapped in mesh and hella' long. Picked one up for $89 for my rig.
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post #6 of 28
Thread Starter 
I'm a bit wet behind the ears when it comes to PSUs. I just need to know the basics. I was wondering what the implications are of having a "not good amperage" since you mention that as one of the strengths of the PSU you recommended.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by techmartinb View Post
I'd go with the Corsair TX750W. It's what I use, for sub $100 its a great PSU, has plenty of connections, and supports Crossfire-X or SLI should you ever go down that path. Cables are wrapped in mesh and hella' long. Picked one up for $89 for my rig.
x2.
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post #8 of 28
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And in regard to wattage, I've been told a computer seldom draws more than 200W of power, but I don't know if that's still true of a modern gaming rig. Am I getting anything extra by buying, say, the 750W corsair over the 650W? Would it choke on SLI? Or is it overdoing it?
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post #9 of 28
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These PSU's cost a bomb. I'm sure i could get away with something much cheaper. I don't doubt that the Corsair TX is a very good range, and you get what you pay for. But when my computer seems to run on a £20 PSU I wonder where the extra £80 is going to. People recommended the HAF 932 when I asked for a good case, but my nosing around online for a day or two I found something that met my needs that was less than half the price. I wouldn't be surprised if I get a similar result here.
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post #10 of 28
As an overclocker, it's important to look for a PSU that is known to handle extreme overclocking. These kind of PSUs are going to be recommended the most by people on this message board, and so if you go with a PSU that is the most commonly recommended, then you can't go wrong. But keep in mind that a higher wattage rating does not mean that it's a better PSU.

But for the way your rig is right now, a PSU like the Corsair HX520 or VX550 would power it very easily. To go with the GTX 260 in SLI, I would start at something like the Corsair TX650W, or the HX650W. But of course, it doesn't have to be a Corsair. However, Corsair's PSUs are the kind where you can get any of them and you will be fine (as long as it can power the rig. I mean, you wouldn't want to use their CX400W with this rig).

But out of all the components in a computer system, the most important one is the power supply. This is the component that should not be skimped on or overlooked - especially for overclocking. If you go with just any old PSU, you could end up with one that might not be able to handle the overclocking and gaming. If that happens, then the PSU could die (or a part of it could die) and then it could take one or more (or all) of your components with it. That would only end up costing you more money, so if you love your rig, then do not skimp on the PSU.
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