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post #1701 of 5998
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FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU.



At least you can report in and tell us if it was worth it to upgrade from 570s.

Why the AX1200 though, just curious. Antec makes some nice units @ 1000w and 1200w.
Haha, I certainly will report my findings.

In terms of PSU choices, I did struggle for a few weeks (ever since I started the Step-Up) researching the best possible unit for my needs. I've looked at many different brands and reviews, including the Antec HCP-1200, which was my only other runner-up choice. As for why I chose the AX1200, there are a few reasons:

One of the main ones was that I have dealt with Corsair's customer service department on the phone, on forums, and through emails, and their service was always top-notch, which has made me a repeat customer. I had a few problems with DDR2 Dominators in my girlfriend's rig and it took a couple of tries, but Corsair acknowledged my angst and made it right. My previous HX-750 was taken out by a freak lightning storm last year - a total act of God. I explained it to Corsair, they said no problem, and promptly shipped me a brand new replacement! To be fair, I have heard Antec's service is pretty good too, but I'm the kind of person that sticks with what I know best.

Another is that I'm not impressed with the HX-1000's performance compared to today's modern power supplies, even though that is more in line with the range of power output that I should be looking at. The next step up for me is either an HX-850 or AX-850, but since I'll probably go Tri-SLI, I figured I might as well opt for the highest end unit now instead of purchasing another unit later on again.

Performance-wise, the AX-1200 trades blows with the Antec HCP-1200 (although the Antec is ever so slightly better). Price-wise, they're pretty similar. And call me vain, but I also really like the aesthetics of the AX1200 better as it fits nicely with the 800D and the overall Corsair theme, naturally.

But the coolest thing is that I can pick this up, locally, at Microcenter - especially with the 3.5% sales tax rate! Not waiting for shipping is awesome in and of itself (as you're well aware of )! I'll try to nudge them to see if they can price match Newegg for an extra $10 off, but I won't be sad either way.
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But the coolest thing is that I can pick this up, locally, at Microcenter - especially with the 3.5% sales tax rate! Not waiting for shipping is awesome in and of itself (as you're well aware of )! I'll try to nudge them to see if they can price match Newegg for an extra $10 off, but I won't be sad either way.
Last time I tried doing that the rep in the back told me that due to some new BS policy they were going to start factoring in shipping and 7% sales tax when pricematching Newegg. When I heard that I and walked out. Just make sure to bring a print out of the Newegg page if you want to give it a shot. That $10 off can offset the price of gas for the round trip since gas is getting pretty damn expensive.

Ended up taking my money to Amazon and getting it for cheaper than Newegg with the free Amazon Prime Student 2-day shipping.

I hope that rep was just too lazy to call the managers to get authorization, if not MC is going down the tubes. Pricematching the Egg was the best thing I've heard of in a while as not many places will match an online retailer.

Good choice with Corsair though. I myself will probably also go with them for my next PSU needs unless they seriously botch up their internal components. And I agree. Antec PSUs aren't very pretty. What's up with those racing stripes anyway? Lol.

I also ended up buying my 570 from Microcenter a few days after Christmas because at the time it was the same price as Newegg but had half the tax rate and no shipping.
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Haha, I certainly will report my findings.

In terms of PSU choices, I did struggle for a few weeks (ever since I started the Step-Up) researching the best possible unit for my needs. I've looked at many different brands and reviews, including the Antec HCP-1200, which was my only other runner-up choice. As for why I chose the AX1200, there are a few reasons:

One of the main ones was that I have dealt with Corsair's customer service department on the phone, on forums, and through emails, and their service was always top-notch, which has made me a repeat customer. I had a few problems with DDR2 Dominators in my girlfriend's rig and it took a couple of tries, but Corsair acknowledged my angst and made it right. My previous HX-750 was taken out by a freak lightning storm last year - a total act of God. I explained it to Corsair, they said no problem, and promptly shipped me a brand new replacement! To be fair, I have heard Antec's service is pretty good too, but I'm the kind of person that sticks with what I know best.

Another is that I'm not impressed with the HX-1000's performance compared to today's modern power supplies, even though that is more in line with the range of power output that I should be looking at. The next step up for me is either an HX-850 or AX-850, but since I'll probably go Tri-SLI, I figured I might as well opt for the highest end unit now instead of purchasing another unit later on again.

Performance-wise, the AX-1200 trades blows with the Antec HCP-1200 (although the Antec is ever so slightly better). Price-wise, they're pretty similar. And call me vain, but I also really like the aesthetics of the AX1200 better as it fits nicely with the 800D and the overall Corsair theme, naturally.

But the coolest thing is that I can pick this up, locally, at Microcenter - especially with the 3.5% sales tax rate! Not waiting for shipping is awesome in and of itself (as you're well aware of )! I'll try to nudge them to see if they can price match Newegg for an extra $10 off, but I won't be sad either way.
I've got the HX1000 and it has done well with both my GTX260 core 216 3Way-SLi setup and now my GTX580 SLi setup. When I order my 3rd GTX580 in a week or two I'm going to be upgrading my psu as well so I'm going to be looking at the 1200w psu's that you were talking about.

The HX1000 has been a trooper though, I'm going to put it in my backup rig unless a friend really needs the extra power, but they are not into big rigs like I am.
 
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I'm forced to go HCP1200, since that is the most powerful PSU what will fit in my FT03, and still allow the modular cables to fit (I tried the AX1200, too long, only leave about 1CM of clearance between one of the side panels and the PSU). At least most reviews point towards it being rather silent, so I should be allright.
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Please add me to the club: DimmyK, Asus GTX 580 Direct CU II, 920/2270 @ 1.113v.




Edited by DimmyK - 4/11/11 at 7:47pm
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I see a lot of guys running evga 560's at or around 1ghz.

Is this possible on refrence cooling and if so what type of temps are people getting.
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I see a lot of guys running evga 560's at or around 1ghz.

Is this possible on refrence cooling and if so what type of temps are people getting.
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Whats a good temp? Under 80?
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Whats a good temp? Under 80?
I would say for normal life time use, keep under 90c. These puppies are rugged on temps.

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I would say for normal life time use, keep under 90c. These puppies are rugged on temps.

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Yup, the GTX cards, for the most part can handle it. people like to throw in that the cards run too hot, maybe for an AMD, but the GTX cards can take it. Anything over 90C become proactive. How many 400 series cards do you hear burning up? And they run the hottest.
     
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