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post #1 of 12
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I am considering changing PSU, so that I can get a more efficient one.

Right now I am running a Antec TP Quattro 1000. It is 80+ Bronze I believe.

I haven't had any problems with it, but it would be nice to have something more modular. I have quite a few useless cables and it is somewhat annoying.

I want to stay around 1000w and I am looking for high quality at an affordable price (limit is about $200). Why high quality, high wattage, and high efficiency?

I want it to last me for long years. I had that in mind when I bought my current power supply, but I wasn't aware of excess cables and the sub-par power efficiency.

I am sitting online right now at 218 watts [wattage includes monitors and speakers] and it idles around 170w. It usually tops out around 350-450 range i believe.

I plan on also make slow upgrades, working towards an SLI config and a 2600k proc.

Sooo...I am looking for some input on what I should get (if it is even worth changing).

I have been looking at an OCZZ1000M, although from what I see in the pic of it...there "MAY" be unnecessary cables there as well. I can't really tell.

Input? Sorry if this post was totally confusing.
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post #2 of 12
Even with your planned upgrades, 1Kw is still miles too much. I'd go around the 750 - 850w. I've gone with the AX850 for an 570 SLi setup. 850w would be enough for SLi 580's tbh.

Also, AX850 is 100% modular.
post #3 of 12
U have two choices,
1>Corsair ax1200
2>Antec high current pro 1200
both of these are great psu.
Hope u like my suggestion
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post #4 of 12
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That AX850 does look rather nice.

Hmm...now I should find my rebate from when I bought my ram
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post #5 of 12
Look at PSUs based on the Superflower Golden Green platform.

NZXT Hale90
Kingwin Lazer Gold
Rosewill Lightning Gold
Xion 90+ Gold
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by Blast View Post
That AX850 does look rather nice.

Hmm...now I should find my rebate from when I bought my ram
I didn't find anything bad about the AX850 on the reviews I read. And I thought the casing looked pretty sleek which was another reason I got it.
post #7 of 12
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The Kingwin 850w looks nice, as does the Xion 90+

The 90+ is amazing simply because of the price! The only thing I question is the build quality and whether or not it would be a limiting factor later on in builds. I want to spend some cash now so I don't have to later.
Granted, the 90+ does have good reviews on newegg...I still question if 700 is enough.

[is 700 enough, yes...probably...but the greater the percentage of load, the decrease in efficiency]. 50% load is the sweet spot, correct?

I am really looking between the Kingwin and the AX850
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post #8 of 12
I think the Xion is out of stock at the moment anyway.

Read these two articles on efficiency:
http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...fficiency.html
http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...load-myth.html
post #9 of 12
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Good read. I completely and totally agree with your statement that most people thinking about upgrades don't actually do the upgrades.

What do you think would be the most worth while?
Kingwin, Xion, or Corsair?
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post #10 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blast View Post
Good read. I completely and totally agree with your statement that most people thinking about upgrades don't actually do the upgrades.

What do you think would be the most worth while?
Kingwin, Xion, or Corsair?
The Kingwin and Xion should have similar performance since they're based on the same design from the same manufacturer, but based on Xion's track record the Kingwin probably has better build quality (better capacitors, fan, etc.).

The Corsair is the better performer, but not by a lot, and you pay a heavy premium for it.
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