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Because I will be building a new computer in Q1 of next year I want to get an idea if anything has changed for parts and their quality up to and including Power Supplies.

Also, consider some brands have excellent re-badged PSU's.

From what I remember and know the following seem to be the best at the time and may still be:
  1. Corsair<Model Dependent>
  2. Antec
  3. Silverstone
  4. Power PC and Cooling
  5. Seasonic
  6. Enermax <expensive>
  7. Cougar
  8. Kingwin <expensive>
  9. XFX

Any particular that I missed? Are there any that are standout or great price to performance ratio? Keep in mind high efficiency is a great thing to have.
Edited by RoddimusPrime - 12/23/10 at 10:03am
post #2 of 38
You should probably forget about PC Power and Cooling as well as Cougar. Cougar has OK products but they're not exactly top tier. And you can't always trust just a brand, as all brands have products that are better than others.
Why don't you put together your computer, and once you've got a list of components in mind, come back here for PSU advice?
post #3 of 38
Just look for the 80+ Gold certification.

Seasonic is arguably the highest quality OEM PSU maker, where Corsair (and I believe Antec did, too, though they might be using Delta now) gets theirs from. Most likely the priciest PSU's, too.

Corsair makes high quality units, make sure you get the latest series, though. Less expensive than Seasonic, same quality.

Antec also makes high quality units, especially in the higher wattage department. Hit or miss with more or less expensive than Corsair; usually less expensive.

Thermaltake should be on that list as well as they have some quality PSU's. I don't recall how much they usually are.

Silverstone has a few 80+ Gold certified power supplies, so there's a good looking. A lot of people use their 1500W PSU's when they are quad-SLI'ing GTX 480's on an SR-2, so that should say something. Usually a bit expensive, moreover than others.

Enermax I believe has an 80+ Gold PSU, though they're typically a less-known brand nowadays. Can't say for sure about them. I would still typically avoid them.

Hope this helps!
Edited by Detroitsoldier - 12/23/10 at 9:05am
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post #4 of 38
The Godly Antec Truepower New 750!!! lol
But seriously.. amazing price/performance ratio.
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Surprisingly enough, XFX, the company known for its GPUs, is becoming known for it's excellent 850w PSU. JohnnyGuru's entire review talked about how awesome it was, and so far it hasn't failed me!
I don't know as much about their other PSUs (I believe their 750w one has good reviews as well), but considering it is pretty cheap at $150, if you need 850w, look at the XFX!
post #6 of 38
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Just look for the 80+ Gold certification.
No.




Antec, Corsair, XFX, and SeaSonic are the brands that consistently offer the best performance and performance for the money at the moment. But Corsair has been going downhill recently; their new top tier AX series is more of a step sideways, and they're revising old units and series like TX and CX to make them cheaper.

Enermax and Silverstone are also top tier, but not always the best value (though the Silverstone Strider Plus series are among the best value).

PC Power & Cooling is now a husk, owned by OCZ. The Silencer Mk. II units are a bird flipped to the community; skip 'em. The Silencer 760W and 910W units are solid SeaSonic S12D units though.

Cougar, Kingwin, Rosewill are all grab bags, a mix of very good and mediocre units. The Rosewill Green series are an excellent value. And the Kingwin Lazer Gold units are great performers as well.
post #7 of 38
Seasonic/Corsair imo
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Originally Posted by Detroitsoldier View Post
Just look for the 80+ Gold certification.

Seasonic is arguably the highest quality OEM PSU maker, where Corsair (and I believe Antec did, too, though they might be using Delta now) gets theirs from. Most likely the priciest PSU's, too.

Corsair makes high quality units, make sure you get the latest series, though. Less expensive than Seasonic, same quality.

Antec also makes high quality units, especially in the higher wattage department. Hit or miss with more or less expensive than Corsair; usually less expensive.

Thermaltake should be on that list as well as they have some quality PSU's. I don't recall how much they usually are.

Silverstone has a few 80+ Gold certified power supplies, so there's a good looking. A lot of people use their 1500W PSU's when they are quad-SLI'ing GTX 480's on an SR-2, so that should say something. Usually a bit expensive, moreover than others.

Enermax I believe has an 80+ Gold PSU, though they're typically a less-known brand nowadays. Can't say for sure about them. I would still typically avoid them.

Hope this helps!
- A 80 Plus rating is not a sign of quality.
- SeaSonic units are usually cheaper or at least the same price as SeaSonic-made, Corsair-branded units. In some cases (AX750 and 850 notably) Corsair offers a longer warranty but that's about it.
- Antec still uses SeaSonic and also uses Delta. And Enhance. And even FSP in some of their older, lower end units still found on the market.
- ThermalTake only has a very small number of good units, and they tend to be overpriced for what they are.
- Enermax is an awesome brand and there's no reason to avoid it, although they tend to be expensive.
post #9 of 38
Stick with corsair. 7 year warranty and the components to back up that warranty.
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post #10 of 38
corsair rarely fails.
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