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What's the best ~$100 PSU in your folks estimation?

I'm currently looking at the Corsair TX750, has great reviews and seems like it provides all the power it is supposed to, but is there anything better for $100 or less?

I'm thinking about possibly picking up a cheapo geforce 260 and going SLI (crazy I know), and OCing my CPU > 1GHz, and I get the feeling my current Antec 500W earthwatts is hitting its max abilities right now.

My other option is to bite the bullet and sell my current 260 and get a 460 which actually uses less power, and hope that relieves t he antec enough to provide adequate OC power.

So whacha think? What's the better value / idea for the future, better PSU + old cards or better cards + old PSU?
Edited by ocpokey - 1/24/11 at 8:28pm
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post #2 of 18
You can look into mine... the Antec TPN750. It fits the bill, and it's semi-modular
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Originally Posted by ocpokey;12131753 
What's the best ~$100 PSU in your folks estimation?

I'm currently looking at the Corsair TX750, has great reviews and seems like it provides all the power it is supposed to, but is there anything better for $100 or less?

I'm thinking about possibly picking up a cheapo geforce 260 and going SLI (crazy I know), and OCing my CPU > 1GHz, and I get the feeling my current Antec 500W earthwatts is hitting its max abilities right now.

My other option is to bite the bullet and sell my current 260 and get a 460 which actually uses less power, and hope that relieves t he antec enough to provide adequate OC power.

So whacha think? What's the better value / idea for the future, better PSU + old cards or better cards + old PSU?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003&cm_re=XFX_750w-_-17-207-003-_-Product

$104 with rebate.

Great PSU, based on a seasonic unit.
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post #4 of 18
I would personally just get a GTX 460... but if you go for a PSU a M12II-620 or TPN-650 will suffice.
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post #5 of 18
The TX750 isn't worth bothering with. It performs similar to say, oh, the Antec EA750, but with a nicer finish. Not worth $30 more. Besides, all the reviews are of a completely different PSU than the current TX750, there was a major change to the design in the past 6 months. Different platform, PSHII instead of PSH. It isn't necessarily worse or anything, but a review for the earlier version won't tell you anything about the current one.
post #6 of 18
Check out the Antec Truepower New 750. It is a Seasonic built unit and has received very good reviews.


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post #7 of 18
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Thanks for the warning Phaedrus, that's why I like to ask people after I've read reviews. Always some little detail that's overlooked.

Well I've always been a big fan of Antec, so a slate of delicious high quality low cost offerings makes me smile.
The EA750 is nice because it's cheap as dirt, but the TrueNew looks all high fallutin and fancy.

So from one debate to another, ha. Right now I'm leaning towards the EA750 though because it looks like it's about $40 less than the TrueNew...
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post #8 of 18
The TruePower is significantly better than the Earthwatts in almost all respects. Plus Antec may be phasing them out soon now that they've introduced the High Current Gamer line of PSUs, which occupy the same market space as the TruePower New units. And the TruePower New are better than the HCG line.
post #9 of 18
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I suppose the premium might be worth it to no longer worry. I get some weird numbers with my current EA500, but then I don't know as much about PSUs as I should.

For example HWMonitor reports 3.25 (+- .02) for my +3V; 1.45V for my 1.45V (+- .02) set CPU; but 3V (+- .04V) for my 5V rail and 3.96V for my 12V rail.

This seems kind of worryingly offspec. I've never had a problem with it in the years I've had it, but there's no reason to possibly damage expensive components for no reason right?
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Xfx black edition or core edition

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207009

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003
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