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Hello all. I am new to OC.net and new to the whole OC business. Check my build below in the sig.

I also wanted to know what YOU would do as far as OC-ing with the following power supplies:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817709027

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817379012

The 500 watt is 80+ certified, but the 680w is not. What would you go with? I already HAVE both, but a guy I know told me that the 80+ PSU was the way to go and that I had a good starter. Is this 'starter' capable of holding down a decent OC for a while?
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Hello all. I am new to Overclock.net and new to the whole OC business. Check my build below in the sig.

I also wanted to know what YOU would do as far as OC-ing with the following power supplies:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817709027

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817379012

The 500 watt is 80+ certified, but the 680w is not. What would you go with? I already HAVE both, but a guy I know told me that the 80+ PSU was the way to go and that I had a good starter. Is this 'starter' capable of holding down a decent OC for a while?
Both are quite poor quality. Not sure why you bought either of them. Give me a few. I'm looking up some reviews now.

Alright. I just looked up the Zalman and for the wattage that you will be using from your sig rig it will take whatever you can throw at it. It's efficiency doesn't begin to drop until it reaches full load (500 watts) but your rig will never get that high up.

As for the Sunbeam I can't seam to find a good review of it anywhere :/
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Both are quite poor quality. Not sure why you bought either of them. Give me a few. I'm looking up some reviews now.


i mean, i know they weren't GREAT, but i didn't think they were "poor" quality. Geez. Go easy on me. LOL!
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Zalman for sure but it would be replaced with a better quality PSU before I did anything else. I would OC the heck out of the setup but if you add another GPu I would upgrade it. You're fine for now with the Zalman.
    
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Can the Zalmann still be returned by any chance?
     
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Zalman for sure but it would be replaced with a better quality PSU before I did anything else. I would OC the heck out of the setup but if you add another GPu I would upgrade it. You're fine for now with the Zalman.
Yeah, that was my plan, to upgrade the PSU and get another videocard altogether. but I could just get the PSU first then down the road the 2nd GPU. Hey, I could possibly do it...tax season is here.
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Can the Zalmann still be returned by any chance?
Can both still be returned by any chance? But OP go with the Zalman if those are your only choices.
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Can the Zalmann still be returned by any chance?
Um......I don't think so. I'd have to call newegg and see what their policy is on returning a non defective unit. Why? what are you recommending?
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Um......I don't think so. I'd have to call newegg and see what their policy is on returning a non defective unit. Why? what are you recommending?
Nothing if it's that much trouble, the linked psu was deactivated on newegg so I was hoping you had bought it locally.
     
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Um......I don't think so. I'd have to call newegg and see what their policy is on returning a non defective unit. Why? what are you recommending?

Personally I would recommend a 650 watt if you want to SLI that 460s which I'm assuming you will want to.

Corsair HX650/TX650
XFX 650
Seasonic S12II / M12II 620
Seasonic X-650
Antec TruePower New 650

Out of those the SeaSonic X-650 is the best power supply but also the most expensive. I personally would recommend getting the XFX 650 watt (modular) for $89.99 ($59.99 after MIR). It is based off of the SeaSonic S12II platform and is modular. The SeaSonic M12II is a modular version of the S12II and runs you $89.99 just like the XFX unit but does not have the MIR.

There are a few other good power supplies such as the Antec TruePower New 650 watt and the SeaSonic S12II as they are both great power supplies. The Antec is actually semi modular but IMO your best bet is to stick with my other recommendations as they are about the same price or cheaper. The Corsair HX650 (modular) and TX650 (non-modular) are nice but they are quiet over priced compared to the competition.


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If you aren't planning on going SLI with that 460 just stick to what you have now. If you do go SLI then upgrade to a quality power supply.
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