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    need a power supply

    i have just bought this bundle but i need a new power supply u guys have any idea's?

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    Re: need a power supply

    You will do more than "good enough" with Corsair 520w.
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    Re: need a power supply

    I've just built my first rig and went for a Corsair HX520W in the end. Corsair have a good reputation at the moment and use other companies with very good reputations to make their PSUs. pretty competitive as well.

    (the VX series have all the cables attached, the HX series is modular so you only have to plug in the cables you actually need into the power supply)

    If you want to read up on it (more detail than you will probably want!), this site is the best I think:
    JonnyGURU.com - Power Supply Reviews and more! - News

    Others will probably be able to advise on how big a supply you'll need better than me, but you'd need to post a bit more about what else will be attached to it - graphics card if nothing else.

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    Re: need a power supply

    Hes got an SLI board, q6600 and 2Gb ram, the Corsair HX520 is SLI certified, modular, and shall have no problem with any other components either, even if you overclock. Still If you want to go for more, look at Corsair HX620.
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    Re: need a power supply

    what about seasonic?

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    Re: need a power supply

    Quote Originally Posted by j.o.s.h.1408 View Post
    what about seasonic?
    Seasonic make the Corsair 520 / 620 HX series.
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    Re: need a power supply

    ahh ok i diddnt know that. all i know is that seasonic is one of the best manufacturer for psu's

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    Re: need a power supply

    ...and the corsair ones are cheaper than the seasonic branded ones, and although I think Seasonic do make for other people as well (and those are not as good), the Corsair ones are supposed to be as good as a branded seasonic.

    I think the VX ones may be made by someone else, but still a good manufacturer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j.o.s.h.1408 View Post
    ahh ok i diddnt know that. all i know is that seasonic is one of the best manufacturer for psu's
    They are certainly a top draw manufacturer with an excellent reputation. I mainly stick to Seasonic in the builds I do, because I know them and know they deliver the goods, know they are reliable, and know they are whisper quiet. I wouldn't have too many qualms about using a Corsair HX as a standby option, I find them a bit louder, but in a half decent case it wouldn't make much difference and they are marginally cheaper.

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    I think the VX ones may be made by someone else.
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    Re: need a power supply

    ... depends on how many HDDs and optical drives you have to connect. I find the Enermax Liberty 620 an excellent PSU but am starting to have difficulties with the amount of HDDs it is able to support [simply cable-wise]. It might seem a bit OTT but the 1000W Enermax Galaxy will enable you to build your next 2 systems around it [without having to upgrade your PSU] and will enable you to connect insane amounts of storage [up to 23 HDDs!].

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    Re: need a power supply

    If its a 520W you are after then the 520 Corsair will do.

    Anything higher then the Enermax Inifiniti range is about as sweet as it gets.

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    Re: need a power supply

    Seasonic, Corsair, FSP - all good makes.
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    Re: need a power supply

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    Seasonic, Corsair, FSP - all good makes.
    FSP supplies are very hit and miss.
    Sometimes good...sometimes terrible.

    Enermax and Silverstone are very good.
    Some of the XCLIOS (if on a budget) are good also.

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    Re: need a power supply

    from what I have read by people who are "in the know" the HX series are actually higher specced than Seasonic builds themselves (M-12 series), what one must note that regardless of who makes it, the OEM still must use the design/materials/components that a customer (in this case Corsair) specifies. Obviously if the OEM can not meet up to the requirements they wouldn't be used.

    Also note, VX450/TX650/HX520/HX620 are Seasonic OEM, VX550/TX750/HX1000 are CWT OEM.

    Either way, they are all very good PSUs.
    I have a HX620 myself, top notch unit.

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    Re: need a power supply

    What sets the Corsair PSUs as being 'popular' is the price i think as the build quality is certainly nothing special.

    The price of a 520 Corsair for example vs the Liberty 500W is about £8 (Corsair being cheaper).
    That £8 sways alot of people.
    The 5 year warranty wiuth Corsair (3yr with the Liberty) also pushes people towards the Corsair. This one has really confused me.?????
    If you have a problem with your Corsair after 12 months where are you going to send it? Thats right America........its cheaper to bin it and buy another.

    So the Corsair is good but its flaws are definitely there.

    I own both and although the Corsair is slightly more powerful and ran my unit very well, it had a real 'el cheapo' feel to it compared with the Enermax.
    It was lighter and the cables/connections were poor quality compared to other modular PSU's.

    The Corsair is good, no doubt about it......but it couldve been so much better.

    Also note, VX450/TX650/HX520/HX620 are Seasonic OEM, VX550/TX750/HX1000 are CWT OEM
    They are yep. They are both very good manufacturers aswell.........but they still have a good % of failures on their production lines (i bet its at least 9%) and a good % of those will missed becasue of batch testing aswell.
    (Same with all electronics manufacturers to be fair)
    No matter how good they are, if you buy a Corsair PSU they have built, they still wont take it back, repair it, replace it for you.
    It will go back to an office on another continent........you will pay a fortune for that priviledge, and some weeks later a repair/replacement will find its way to you.

    What really does put me off buying Corsair in the future again is they are making hay over in Europe/UK but are doing very little evident to help the consumer back.

    Not sure i they still do, but in North America, they actually RMA cross ship so you are never without a PSU.
    The Corsair reps have been saying on the boards here that they are going 'European'.......thats was a year ago at least i should think.
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    Re: need a power supply

    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyNV View Post
    Also note, VX450/TX650/HX520/HX620 are Seasonic OEM, VX550/TX750/HX1000 are CWT OEM.
    I remember Yellowbeard confirming that in another time and place, and I still forget about the VX450 The only thing worthy of any note for me was the noise level of Corsair over Seasonic when everything's been stretched out on cardboard. And I'd agree with Blitzen about build quality too.
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