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    Need help choosing a new power supply.

    I need to get a new power supply as my last one blew up and would like to get some recommendations. Personal experience is very welcome here, so if you've got a power supply that has been working for you for a very long time I would love to hear about it.

    My last power supply was an Antec and it lasted four years (it also took out my hard drives when it went), so I am not too keen on purchasing an Antec again, but maybe I just got unlucky with it as I hear that Antec is a good brand. At the time it was an $80 or $90 power supply, and I wish that it would have lasted a bit longer than it did.

    I purchases an Ultra for my brother's computer which seems to be really nice. But it is only a couple of years old, so it hasn't stood the test of time yet.

    I'm looking for something 600+ Watts. Brands? Specific models?

    Edit: Also, I found a couple on Newegg.com that looked interesting and at a low price, but I don't know much about the brands.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817148041
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817822004

    I've heard of Diablotek.
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    Re: Need help choosing a new power supply.

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    Re: Need help choosing a new power supply.

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    Re: Need help choosing a new power supply.

    A PSU isn't something you want to skimp on. Faulty wiring or failing circuitry can destroy more than just the PSU. I've seen motherboards, graphics cards and RAM claimed by failing PSUs.

    The last half dozen PSUs I've bought (for myself or clients) have all been Corsair. Out of those, about half (the last half) have all been modular (and now I'll never go back to non-modular). They're high efficiency and high quality. I've not had a bad experience with one yet, and I definitely recommend them.

    Here's a 620w modular. If you're not a stickler for clean wiring, there's a 650w non-modular for somewhat less.

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    Re: Need help choosing a new power supply.

    Just stick with a good name that you can trust. BFG, Antec, Thermaltake, Corsair, etc. I'd be very comfortable buying a PSU from any of those companies.

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    Re: Need help choosing a new power supply.

    Dude, take it from someone who has had a cheap PSU go out on him. DO NOT SKIMP ON PSUs!!! Personally I would only go for the following PSU companies:

    Power & Cooling
    Corsair
    Thermaltake (higher end PSUs)
    BFG
    or Antec (higher end)

    But the best of the best out for those are Corsair and P&C

    I have this PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139005

    And it is a damn good one. Actually you can run my rig (Q6600 @ 4.0) and 2 GTX260s SLi and OC to hell and still be fine. Though you will be pulling over 750W, it just goes to show you the reliability and durability of Corsair. I have never heard a bad thing about Corsair the entire time I have been on Overclock.net (one of the biggest overclocking and custom computer sites out there). That says something. +100K members and not a single Corsair complain in the past 12 months.

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    Re: Need help choosing a new power supply.

    Quote Originally Posted by falconindy View Post
    The last half dozen PSUs I've bought (for myself or clients) have all been Corsair. Out of those, about half (the last half) have all been modular (and now I'll never go back to non-modular). They're high efficiency and high quality. I've not had a bad experience with one yet, and I definitely recommend them.

    Here's a 620w modular. If you're not a stickler for clean wiring, there's a 650w non-modular for somewhat less.
    Thanks, I am going to consider the non-modular one. The Antec that went out on me was modular, so price will be more of an issue for myself than that aspect. They both look like quality PSUs, and others are recommending Corsair as well.

    I also want to thank you for educating me. I had no idea what modular was, so I had to look it up .

    And oh yeah:
    Quote Originally Posted by OmegaAI View Post
    But the best of the best out for those are Corsair and P&C

    I have this PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139005
    Thanks Omega, two recommendations must mean it's a good PSU.

    Nobody has mentioned Ultra, I bought an Ultra PSU for my brother a year or two ago. Anybody have an opinion on that brand? And one more thing: What does "skimping out" on a PSU mean, less than $100 (I'm in U.S. and not familiar with other currency), less than $75? I did buy a PSU once for about $20 or $30, and I'll NEVER do that again.
    Last edited by dodle; October 26th, 2009 at 06:01 AM.

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    Re: Need help choosing a new power supply.

    +1 to the general 'dont skimp' opinion. As to what exactly skimping is, thats debatable, but IMO its price range, not price. E.g. I can get 825watts generic power supplies for a bit under $100 US, but they are (much) less than half the cost of one of the bigger name brands.

    Antec used to make some excellent power supplies, but they lost of lot of reputation a few years ago, at least on the forums I was viewing at the time. I still have a circa 2002 400watt Antec thats still running fine, but I dont know if I would buy one again.

    Thermaltake- I've never been impressed with TT. I've heard that the top end TT power supplies are pretty good, but meh...I'd buy a different brand myself.

    Power & Cooling is _Very_Good_ from the few examples I've seen, but out of my price range.

    Right now I'm running a Corsair HX520. Very happy with it. BTW, corsair does NOT make the power supplies. It just buys them from other people. Seasonic mainly, but nto always...sometimes they have different power supplies in the same range made by differernt companies-

    Interestingly, the TX650 is also made by Seasonic, but the VX550 and TX750 are both made by Channel Well. It's not clear why different suppliers were used for these various models.
    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article813-page1.html

    Seasonic is also worth looking at, very good power supplies.

    I'd probably go with one of falconindys suggestion, a Corsair TX-650.

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