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    Looking for advice on PSU choice..

    Looking for some advice on PSU choice for the following system:

    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS5 (iP45 Express)
    Intel E8500 - Looking to overclock this as much as I realistically can (Thermalright 120 eXtreme heatsink)
    BFG 1GB GTX280 OCX
    4GB OCZ PC2-8000 at 1000MHz
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    1xDVD/RW
    4x120mm 2000RPM Sharkoon fans
    7-8 USB devices, all of which rely on the computer for their power
    Probably a sound card at some point
    2.1 speakers

    The various PSU calculator tools i've tried have come out at about 400-500W, though the BFG tech website says the following about the graphics card:

    '575W PCI Express®-compliant system power supply with a combined 12V current rating of 42A or more (Minimum system power requirement based on a PC configured with an Intel Core®2 Extreme QX9650 processor)'


    I'd guess I'm looking at at least a 700W power supply. I've searched around, but opinions vary considerably as to the best PSU for this kind of setup.

    Will I be looking for a single 12V rail or multiple? A modular unit is vital for me as I don't have the biggest case.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/700W-...s80-Efficiency
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/800W-...s80-Efficiency
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/850W-...fficiency-RoHS
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/850W-...ire-X-Quad-SLi

    I've been looking at that lot...quite a variety of pricing there, and I'm no expert on PSU specs etc, so I'd appreciate some advice! Cheers..

    (edit: On the mobo subject, what's the difference between the 'P45' and 'iP45 Express' chipsets?)
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    Re: Looking for advice on PSU choice..

    Something like the corsair 520W HX or enermax modu82+ is more than enough for the system above.

    No difference between P45 and iP45 express as far as I am aware, just naming conventions I think.

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    Re: Looking for advice on PSU choice..

    Are you sure 520 is sufficient for all that? My old PC had a lesser C2D with an 8800GTS, and was powered by a 600W, and had freezing issues accompanied by voltage drops (issues the same across 2 motherboards, several sets of ram, 2 different GPUs), which I could only pin on the PSU.

    I'm looking for plenty of headroom for overclocking...of those that I linked to above, which would you say would be the best option?

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    Re: Looking for advice on PSU choice..

    But what '600w' psu was it?? if its an el-cheapo then it is not gonna output 600w, and it will spew all kinds of horrible voltages into your kit

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    Re: Looking for advice on PSU choice..

    Quote Originally Posted by strike-down View Post
    and it will spew all kinds of horrible voltages into your kit
    don't forget the ripples!

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    Re: Looking for advice on PSU choice..

    Quote Originally Posted by strike-down View Post
    But what '600w' psu was it?? if its an el-cheapo then it is not gonna output 600w, and it will spew all kinds of horrible voltages into your kit
    Sorry, I should have specified before:

    https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...roductId=27046

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    Re: Looking for advice on PSU choice..

    I don't hear good things about thermtake tbh.

    Around 500W good quality watts is more than enough for that system.

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    Re: Looking for advice on PSU choice..

    Fair enough...that being a multiple (4?) rail setup I guess..

    My only reservation is that I might end up with it freezing again and wonder 'does my PSU have enough grunt'. I trust what you're saying, though if you had to take a pick from the 700/800W PSUs I specified, which would be best?

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    Re: Looking for advice on PSU choice..

    Well if you must have more power then this
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/620W-...ty-NEW-VERSION!

    or the enermax modu82+ 625W then but honestly it isn't worth it you won't be pulling anywhere near that.

    If Blitzen comes along he will tell you that his 625W modu82 is running a more hungry system than yours (X38, q6600 i think and 2x HD4870's).

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    Re: Looking for advice on PSU choice..

    The HX520 would easily be enough for your system, but if you do want more power, go for the HX620
    I havent been on hexus that long, but from what I've seen, staffsmike is VERY good at speccing PCs for people, Id go with him on it if I were you

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    Re: Looking for advice on PSU choice..

    I'm just a bit confused at the fact that BFG gives a requirement for 575W for the GTX280 alone, and even a 625W PSU would leave very little extra for all the rest. I appreciate that the power requirements advertised by the manufacturers are not always spot on, though looking at the numbers, it doesn't seem to leave very much headroom so to speak.

    Most of those I posted are in the price bracked of that enermax, and while I'm sure it affords very stable power, are there any from my list that stand out to you as a particularly good option?

    (edit: sorry strike-down, you must have posted while I was typing; I'm not doubting staffsmike, I'm just a little confused as to the numbers)

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    Re: Looking for advice on PSU choice..

    the graphics card manufacturers always overstate the power requirements to cover their own bums
    And you must not forget, the QX9650 is a quad core, power hungry beast. And you are running a C2D

    EDIT: the corsair you posted isnt modular, so that would be knocked off your list anyway

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    Re: Looking for advice on PSU choice..

    Sorry as above really. 575W is for the people that buy a PSU in a brown box which says 750W on it and costs them £15.

    They have to account for the people that don't buy quality products.

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    Re: Looking for advice on PSU choice..

    Quote Originally Posted by strike-down View Post
    EDIT: the corsair you posted isnt modular, so that would be knocked off your list anyway
    whups my bad..I'll take that one out

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    Sorry as above really. 575W is for the people that buy a PSU in a brown box which as 750W and costs them £15.

    They have to account for the people that don't buy quality products.
    I see...that makes more sense. Looks like the enermax 625 is probably the best option for me then. Cheers folks

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    Re: Looking for advice on PSU choice..

    change that 6 for a 5 and it's the best option

    But if you want to be very very safe then the 625W is good

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    Re: Looking for advice on PSU choice..

    No problem dude, but i still agree with staffsmike, 625w is overkill imo

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