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    OK, I can't decide which PSU to get

    Let me fill you in on the situation.

    I have an Ultra X-Connect 500W which is in intermittent operation atm. I might be able to fix it, but I want to replace it anyway.

    Now, I was thinking Enermax 600W but then I've learned that it isn't necessarily all it's cracked up to be.

    Next choice was PC Power & Cooling 510 Express/SLI which are the canine's cuddle conkers of PSUs, but they are extremly expensive (OK with that) and have a noisy delta fan (not OK with that.)

    So, really I want a ~500W PSU that'll put up with a lot. I have a four disk RAID 5 solution, A8N SLI Deluxe, 6800GT with another going in eventually, also a 12V watercooling pump will be going in there too, not to mention the overclocking. What suggestions do people have? I'm interested to hear from people who have actually used their recommendations and have put them through hell (or as good as.)

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    i know 2 people with the enermax and both say its brilliant. Have you had a look at the OCZ selection ? Theyre supposed to be good aswell.

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    ive got the enermax and had no probs with it whatsoever.

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    What specs and overclocks do people with the Enermax PSUs get, are we talking the 600W model here?

    Also yes I have my eye on the powerstreams from OCZ, but I'm not decided yet.
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    with mine im running:

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    I've had loads of Enermax's and never had a problem with them. Very reliable in every sense.
    (Several systems have had 4 HDs, 2 optical drives, even DLT tape drives, so I do tend to ask a lot of the PSU.)
    Reading recent reviews, they aren't quite as good at regulating all the voltages as some others, e.g. some Tagans are better.
    But having said that, what's more important? Voltages that are bang on the nail, or a PC that runs reliably?
    If I was buying now I'd probably give a Tagan a go. But that might depend on what spec I needed. E.g. there are lots of ATX 12V Ver 2.x revisions. Some motherboards have odd needs like -5V. It's actually quite difficult to check you're getting what you need nowadays.
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    Hmmm, not a lightweight system, but not exactly anything that's gonna make the PSU work its ass off... not that model anyway.

    Thanks guys, keep the info coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rajagra
    I've had loads of Enermax's and never had a problem with them.
    I've had Enermax before too and agree they are good, but I've had a few suggestions that their latest are perhaps not quite what we've come to expect. Perhaps, however, these are isolated cases.
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    I had a PCP+C but it was just too noisy once I had got rid of my Mach II and was running on air....

    I have a ModStream 520w and now dead silent and really holds up well. I would suggest the 520w Powerstream as it has adjustable rails and pizzaboy at o-cuk had great results with one.

    If not the 600w one
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    OCZ is the best IMO, next is PC&P. Enermax.... ugh distant 3rd, and don't even think about the Ultra.

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    I'm now tempted by Tagan for price/features.

    Any opinions?
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    Perhaps HEXUS should do a power supply round up.

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    I was going to suggest the Tagan 480W. I havent got one myself (Ive got a Neopower)

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    OCZ is the one I'd get, the tagan is cheaper, but nowhere near as good imo
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    You don't say what CPU your using but the OCZ would be your best bet with that
    lot!
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    Got a Tagan 480W, brilliant PSU.
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