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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-23-2015, 08:06 AM - Thread Starter
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Hello everyone!

So I've been putting together a nice new build for my brother, with the following (desirable) specs:

-Fractal Design Define R5
-Asus Z170 Maximus Ranger VIII
-(overclocked) Intel i5-6600K
-Corsair Vengeance 2x4 GB DDR4 3000Mhz (CMK8GX4M2B3000C15R)
-Crucial BX100
-Scythe Mugen 4 PCGH edition
-Arctic MX-4 paste
-(overclocked) non-reference GTX 780.

There will be no need for Crossfire or SLI.

I still have a maximum of 100 euros exactly for the PSU.

I would like to be able to overclock this beast (say max. 1 ghz) and overclock the videocard as well. All based on air cooling, so I don't expect it to reach it's voltage limitations.

Based on a PSU tier list from Tomshardware (http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html), I made a lot of deductions and considerations based on budget, availability, size and functionality and these are the options I was left with:

-Cooler Master V650s (tier 2) (gold)
-XFX Pro Series 650W XXX Edition (tier 1) (bronze)

Now my question: which one of these has the best fan profile/sound production? I am asking this here because after a lot of searching on the internet I just couldn't really find a good article where this was discussed for the above products. Maybe you guys have some experience? Ideally, I'm going for less than 30 db(A) on idle and less than 40 db(A) on load. (1m away)

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-23-2015, 08:40 AM
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The XFX PSU you found is based on the Seasonic M12II a PSU famous or infamous for being super loud under load.
If you want a quiet PSU the M12II is not the one to pick.

And you dont even need a 650 watt PSU for that system a 550 watt is more then enough unless you are going to BIOS volt mod your video card.

The Cooler Master V is light years more quiet then the XFX.

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Thank you very much for your help! This takes away a lot of doubt!

About the wattage. I do know 550W should be enough for the system, it is constantly recommended for a one GPU setup, but I like the headroom specifically because of the fan profile. Also, the option of BIOS voltmodding might arise on later occasions, although I could understand if that would mean I actually need a tier 1 PSU. Nonetheless, I am under the impression that more headroom means more quietness since the fan profile is more stretched. (given that the fan is of good quality). Correct me if I'm wrong of course. smile.gif

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If you want something even more quiet you should look at the Corsair RMx or even the RMi (a bit overpriced but about as quiet as you can get)
The Be Quiet Dark Power Pro P11 are also really quiet but they dont have any hybrid fan mode so the fan on those will always be on.

Which Cooler Master V are you talking about the semi modular one or the new fully modular one?

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All right. I will go look at the RM550x (the only budget-comparable PSU) and see how it's quality compares to the Cooler Master. I have a 2010 AX850 Gold myself and am very content with it, although I have to admit I got it as a present because Corsair products are indeed quite overpriced.

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The RMx is more high end then the Cooler Master V which is more mid range.
And you did not answer my question from my last post?

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I'm talking about the older semi-modular one. The new ones are quite pricy as well.

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I just ordered the RM550x. So that happened. Thank you for your advice. smile.gif

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