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So I recently bought this PSU thinking it was quite a steal (35 after MIR), and honestly, it still is. It works tremendously well, and have had no problems with it performing as it's duties. However, it seems to perform a few other duties as well, namely making a high-pitched whine thats driving me and my dog up the wall. Thinking of keeping it as a back-up, but either way I still need a new PSU.

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WD Caviar Blue 500GB 7200RPM (WD5000AAKX)


Would like to stick around that same price range, so if you know of an awesome deal going on, please feel free to pass it my way. Thanks!
Edited by CallMeHal - 4/17/11 at 8:41pm
    
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Why not see if Corsair will crossship a new psu to you for RMA?
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Because the last few reviews I've read on NewEgg all seem to have the same issue. I would really not want to have to do the RMA process twice.
    
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Originally Posted by CallMeHal View Post
So I recently bought this PSU thinking it was quite a steal (35 after MIR), and honestly, it still is. It works tremendously well, and have had no problems with it performing as it's duties. However, it seems to perform a few other duties as well, namely making a high-pitched whine thats driving me and my dog up the wall. Thinking of keeping it as a back-up, but either way I still need a new PSU.

My rig:
i5-2500k (Stock Cooler)
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500*
MSI P67A-C43 (B3)
SilverStone PS05B
Radeon HD 4550
Patriot G Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333
WD Caviar Blue 500GB 7200RPM (WD5000AAKX)


Would like to stick around that same price range, so if you know of an awesome deal going on, please feel free to pass it my way. Thanks!

If you want to stick to the same price range you are making a mistake. That kind of money does not buy a good PSU.

If you don't plan to buy a more powerful GPU (well, not more powerful than a Radeon HD6850 or a GTX460), I suggest this 430w one from Seasonic.

It's one of the best brands around (makes some of Corsair's PSU's - not the one you have), high quality, and it's 80 Plus Bronze efficient. It will produce less heat and use less power from the grid than the one you have now. And as you can see, 5 star (94%) rating.
 
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post #5 of 15
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Thanks for the response. The CX5000 was 35 after a one day promo code, a GC and a MIR. It's normally 70 dollars (if not more). So I still feel like I got a pretty damn good product for a steal. So I would love to catch a similar break with another supply. Thanks for the recommendation, I'll keep it in mind and will probably go with it if I can't find something similar for a lower price.
    
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Originally Posted by CallMeHal View Post
Thanks for the response. The CX5000 was 35 after a one day promo code, a GC and a MIR. It's normally 70 dollars (if not more). So I still feel like I got a pretty damn good product for a steal. So I would love to catch a similar break with another supply. Thanks for the recommendation, I'll keep it in mind and will probably go with it if I can't find something similar for a lower price.

Phaedrus (the local PSU guru over here at OCN) analysed those PSU's from the Corsair Builder Series and the one you've got is actually overrated (and so are the other two - the 430w is more like 380w, and the 600w is more like 500w). It is in fact a 450w PSU. And as opposed to the product description, the fan does not have a ball bearing but a sleeve bearing, which means it won't last as long. The PSU is not bad, but Corsair is riding on it's fame with the release of the builder series. FYI, Corsair does not actually make PSU's - they are made by other brands, such as CWT, Seasonic, etc.

They objectively cheaped out on the Builder Series. They had a fantastic entry level PSU - the CX400w (made by Seasonic), which is 80 Plus certified, and has a 30A rating on the 12v rail. They discontinued that PSU, and replaced it with the entry level 430w Builder Series, which is not 80 Plus certified, and has a 28A on the 12 rail - so what apparently seems more, is actually less.
Edited by tpi2007 - 4/17/11 at 9:16pm
 
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Originally Posted by tpi2007 View Post
Phaedrus (the local PSU guru over here at OCN) analysed those PSU's from the Corsair Builder Series and the one you've got is actually overrated (and so are the other two - the 430w is more like 380w, and the 600w is more like 500w). It is in fact a 450w PSU. And as opposed to the product description, the fan does not have a ball bearing but a sleeve bearing, which means it won't last as long. The PSU is not bad, but Corsair is riding on it's fame with the release of the builder series. FYI, Corsair does not actually make PSU's - they are made by other brands, such as CWT, Seasonic, etc.

They objectively cheaped out on the Builder Series. They had a fantastic entry level PSU - the CX400w (made by Seasonic), which is 80 Plus certified, and has a 30A rating on the 12v rail. They discontinued that PSU, and replaced it with the entry level 430w Builder Series, which is not 80 Plus certified, and has a 28A on the 12 rail - so what apparently seems more, is actually less.
That info is out of date.

The CX430 is a 380W, but the CX500 and CX600 are reasonably rated, though on the short side of mid-range.
post #8 of 15
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Thanks for the info, +rep for that. I had no idea they didn't make their own PSU's. So for this replacement, I'll definitely be searching for one that is 80 Plus certified. Do you know of any especially quiet ones under 100 that you could recommend?
    
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post #9 of 15
If you don't mind voiding the warranty, you could always switch out the fan (assuming it's the fan in the psu that's making the high pitched sound). I did this with an OCZ 600w that was giving me problems and it worked like a charm after, and its really not that hard to do.
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My theory is. Spend heaps on money on the PSU. You will never want to upgrade it. You want clean power to your rig. Its like food for the human body. Bad food can lead to food poisoning and even worse food can lead to cancers. Fruit = Corsair ax 1200
Cheap ebay psu = Energy drinks. IMO
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