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Dumb Upgrade Question?

I currently have a 3770k based system and am moving to a 9900k. In looking at the manual for the motherboard I ordered (Gigabyte Aorus Ultra), I see an additional 12v ATX 2x2 connector that my current board doesn't have.

My current PSU is a Silverstone Strider ST-1000P, which has been good to me and I was planning to reuse. There isn't a dedicated 12v 2x2 connector on the PSU. However, I have an unused EPS / ATX 4x2 port on the PSU. I presume I can utilize this port and make a new cable that has the 4x2 connector on one side and the 2x2 connector on the other side to use here? I have pinouts for the new motherboard and PSU, so getting this straight should be pretty easy unless I'm missing something.

Side note - I don't see an ATX4P connection on the new motherboard. I'm guessing that these are unnecessary with the newer motherboard being able to provide sufficient power to the PCIe slots?

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First off your old PSU is 8 years old so its long out of warranty and second its not very good anymore and its way overkill as well so dont re-use it get something new
The 12v rail on your PSU is not all that bad but the 5v and 3,3v are not all that good and the voltage regulation is around 3% and has around 40mv ripple at full load where ATX max is 50mv

A good 650 watt is more than enough power if you are not messing around with volt mods or have more than one GPU
And last the second EPS is only for extreme overclocking and by extreme i mean OC you use LN2 and liquid helium for so you dont need to use it

Edit: your PSU also has pretty low efficiency so buying a even a gold rated 650 watt would be cheaper in electricity

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I did check out the efficiency calculators for PSU's and they showed that if I moved to a Platinum level PSU, I'd save about $20 per year. I'm not really inclined to spend $200 to save $20 per year since the recoup time on the investment is 10 years. As well, I made and sleeved all my own cables for my ST-1000-P, so going to a whole new PSU would likely mean making new cables, which is a time investment I'd rather avoid.

In regards to the EPS thing - the issue is that the new mobo has a 4x2 ATX 12v connection, which I have on my current system, but also has a 2x2 ATX 12v connection, which I don't currently use. I was planning to use the open EPS 12v 4x2 connection on the PSU to supply power to the 2x2 ATX 12v connection on the mobo.

AFAIK, 12v is 12v whether it's officially and ATX or EPS designated port, correct?

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One of those 8 pin EPS connectors should come apart into (2) 4 pin connectors. To answer your question though: your extra connector will work. One set of 4 pins will plug into the mobo as they are keyed.

Whether or not you are using liquid helium, it's good practice to connect that. More pins to carry the current means less heat and less stress on the 8 pin. It's not like those pins are only drawn from in certain conditions or something.

Your current PSU, while older as mentioned above, will work just fine for what you need to do.

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Thanks Renegade! I'll definitely make use of that open 12v port on the PSU then.

Update - Just to be 100% certain, I spoke to a really helpful guy at Silverstone - my plan to use that EPS port is no problem at all. As well, if I decide to upgrade to a newer Platinum level Strider series PSU, the cables used are all the same, so that removes any concerns about needing to do new cables.

Since I'm a little OCD on this stuff, I'll make a new cable from scratch to match the ones I made for the build initially:
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Sigh i look at your beautiful cable management and i think of my rats nets of cables
As for 500 watt range what would you guys recommend for a highly efficient power sup?

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Thanks Renegade! I'll definitely make use of that open 12v port on the PSU then.

Update - Just to be 100% certain, I spoke to a really helpful guy at Silverstone - my plan to use that EPS port is no problem at all. As well, if I decide to upgrade to a newer Platinum level Strider series PSU, the cables used are all the same, so that removes any concerns about needing to do new cables.

Since I'm a little OCD on this stuff, I'll make a new cable from scratch to match the ones I made for the build initially:
Not gonna lie, chubbed a little.

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Sigh i look at your beautiful cable management and i think of my rats nets of cables
As for 500 watt range what would you guys recommend for a highly efficient power sup?
This one actually has really, really good voltage regulation:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...-038-_-Product

Pricey for the size, but it can be relied on.

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Most SilverStone units are mediocre at best and crap at worst and many of the newer units are just as bad if not worse then your old PSU
Yes you could re-use the cables but if a new PSU that can use the old cables is worse you are making a downgrade not an upgrade

The lower models of the Strider Titanium just to name one are some of the worst PSU´s money can buy today
The 1100 watt and 1500 watt models are okey but the lower ones are junk

To be honest you are much better off with a Seasonic Focus Plus or a Prime Ultra if you are going to buy a new PSU
You can have custom cables made for those if you want that

Edit: as for that NZXT its a modified Seasonic Foucs or Prime (cant recall) with some digtal gimmick added and its overpriced

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