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post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by ocpokey;12136977 
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?

Software voltage monitoring is worthless. If you test with a cheap digital multimeter you should see everything within 3% of the nominal values.
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
So I don't mean to necro my own thread, but I figured it'd be better than starting a new one.

I'm still looking at possibly going up in power, but after reading more in this forum it seems like realistically the power requirements are a lot lower than a lot of external sites would have lead me to believe. So 750watts might be a bit excessive for my rather meager needs.

Right now I'm deciding between either getting a GeForce GTX 460 or a radeon HD6850, for gaming, with the concept being that when system begins to underperform in the future grabbing another (now cheaper) card to SLI or crossfire.

So... with that in mind, it looks like my PSU could possibly be up to the task, but would be under great strain. There is a deal on newegg going on for a TruePower 550 for $40 shipped, til well, tomorrow.

Would it be worthwhile to upgrade for only 50watts, albeit cleaner watts from what I understand? Or should I just hold off since for right now it won't really make any difference, until such time as power demands are actually higher and newer and/or cheaper sources could be found?
Edited by ocpokey - 1/31/11 at 11:04am
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post #13 of 18
The TP-550 would do 6850 Crossfire but might struggle with GTX460 SLI.
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Poor phaedrus every few days I come by with something different on my mind.

But being the penny conscious consumer I am demands it hehe. So I think I finally settled on what I want, pending OCN seal of approval.

Newegg is offering the XFX850 Black Edition for $100 shipped AR, and all the reviews say "damn this thing rocks", made by seasonic and whatnot, but as I have apparently been fooled by old reviews before, just wanted to make sure that this unit is still the sweet seasonic effiicient power beast it always was?

Looks like it will basically be able to handle just about everything in the works for years to come yea? I'm also feeling lately like I'm interested in clean/stable power, so how it performs there is also something

P.S. yeah I know it's a bit of an overkill device, but there are two things I want for my rig that I will not have to replace through my upgrades come rain or shine, and am willing to pay a tiny premium on, Case and PSU, and sadly when I stupidly skimped on PSU before about 2yrs ago, I put myself in the position today where I found myself having to upgrade again in some way anyway. Bleh.

Also to me it's ugly as crap, but I don't care, it's inside a case heh.
Edited by ocpokey - 2/3/11 at 12:10pm
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The XFX BE 850W is one of the best 850W PSUs available.
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I got it, great love it horray!


It's an amazing PSU
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Great! I finally feel like I'm making a beneficial upgrade, leaving myself lots of headroom over my current PSU with nice clean efficient power at a decent price.

(roll)... sold!

Thanks for hanging in there Phad, some more rep for you buddy, as though you need it.
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post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post
The TP-550 would do 6850 Crossfire but might struggle with GTX460 SLI.
GTX 460's don't consume that much, I'm pretty sure 550w is absolutely fine, same goes for 5850's.
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