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I would add this to the mix:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0334766
It's not quite as good a unit as the above two, but it's cheaper after the rebate, and it will do its job just fine. 420V/270uF/105C OST primary cap, Teapo secondaries, 60mV 12V ripple, at least +/-3% voltage regulation on all rails.
I have to agree with the OCZ StealthXtreme. It's my favorite brand.
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post #72 of 79
StealthXStreams are decent, the 400W being the best (CWT DSA 400W). The others are the older version of the FSP Epsilon platform. Only major criticism is that the 700W in particular has a much higher than average failure rate due to the +12V rectifier being in a slightly larger package than was intended for that PCB, meaning larger leads, so the solder joints for that component often go cold prematurely.
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http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...0276315#rebate

one of the better offers that my Micro Center (Fairfax Virginia) has on hand... does it pass the test, gurus?
post #74 of 79
Well like I said it's decent, but not great, and the platform is beginning to show its age. You would honestly be better off with the 400W version if they have it, as counter intuitive as that may seem.

The Corsair CX430 is basically a cheaper version of the StealthXStream 400W.
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StealthXStreams are decent, the 400W being the best (CWT DSA 400W). The others are the older version of the FSP Epsilon platform. Only major criticism is that the 700W in particular has a much higher than average failure rate due to the +12V rectifier being in a slightly larger package than was intended for that PCB, meaning larger leads, so the solder joints for that component often go cold prematurely.
Hey, Information Overload Man..

What do you think of my current PSU?

You better like it!
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post #76 of 79
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Well like I said it's decent, but not great, and the platform is beginning to show its age. You would honestly be better off with the 400W version if they have it, as counter intuitive as that may seem.

The Corsair CX430 is basically a cheaper version of the StealthXStream 400W.
Okay, I KNOW you're not this obtuse.

"Decent but not great". THIS ISN'T A BEAUTY CONTEST!

We're talking about a PSU for a secondary rig with a 4 year-old GPU.

Argh!
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post #77 of 79
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Hey, Information Overload Man..

What do you think of my current PSU?

You better like it!
I do in fact, especially if it's the Strider Plus. Enhance did a good job with those units.


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Okay, I KNOW you're not this obtuse.

"Decent but not great". THIS ISN'T A BEAUTY CONTEST!

We're talking about a PSU for a secondary rig with a 4 year-old GPU.

Argh!
And I'm telling him how to get a better deal. When you have a system pulling 200W it's better to get a high quality 380W then a moderate quality 500W, especially if the 380W is cheaper.
post #78 of 79
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ughh well i thank you for your input but this obsession with costly corsair/antec etc defeats the purpose of "budget"
Not really, a Corsair or Antec with a solid warranty and a good efficiency rating will ultimately prove much more useful. If you truly want a disposable computer, that's another story, but if you ever want to put trusted data on this computer or be able to rely on it for several years, a trusty PSU is the best place to invest. You can save your money and use a cardboard box for a case if the extra $20 is going to ding the wallet too much... Not to mention if you ever want to part it out or sell it, you'll be able to get money back out of it, whereas I doubt you'd be able to get anything for a cheapo, except maybe from Troll Track.
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why should i feel safe with a 400-430w when the min recommended by just the 8800GTX, let alone the rest of the hardware, is 450?
Again, it's amps, not watts that are the concern, and the NV specs are overblown, they're for a maximum power draw rig with that card. The 8800GTX, while power hungry, isn't going to pull more than 175W absolute max
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Okay, I KNOW you're not this obtuse.

"Decent but not great". THIS ISN'T A BEAUTY CONTEST!

We're talking about a PSU for a secondary rig with a 4 year-old GPU.

Argh!
Just for the record, I'm going to go with Phaedrus and his 1300+ rep over your 15... Sorry, I'm sure the army taught you well and all, but Phaedrus has tons of threads here with lots of helpful insights, including this one.
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thanks everyone.. lol
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