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Windows 7: Power Unit upgrade


28 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
Power Unit upgrade

I'm upgrading my power unit this Friday when I head to Fry's Electronics and am looking for recommendations as to what I should look for. I already know I'm looking for 80+ certification so I won't have to worry about under-wattage killing my current one since it doesn't have under-wattage protection. I'm mostly looking at wattage and amperage (especially amperage), I also plan on upgrading to a 6-Core 1100T processor in the future and want the power unit ready to withstand that when it comes. I used the eXtreme Power Supply Calculator (eXtreme Power Supply Calculator) and it said 360W would do the trick so I'm thinking a 500W-600W PSU would do just fine, but I'd like the opinions of people with more experience.

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28 Dec 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PwnFrnzy View Post
... I won't have to worry about under-wattage killing my current one since it doesn't have under-wattage protection....
There is no such thing as "under-wattage protection". Maybe you mean undervoltage/overvoltage protection? If your current PSU is functioning properly, there is no benefit in replacing it. You only need to replace it when future upgrades require it. For now, save your money, your future plans might change.
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28 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Depending on what other future upgrades ie...gpu, cpu and so on, the wattage size can be as little as 500 watts or upwards to and past the 1200 watt range. That being said, and what size/type case you have I would suggest a modular PSU of a reputable brand.
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28 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Comp Cmndo View Post
There is no such thing as "under-wattage protection". Maybe you mean undervoltage/overvoltage protection? If your current PSU is functioning properly, there is no benefit in replacing it. You only need to replace it when future upgrades require it. For now, save your money, your future plans might change.
From what happened, I would believe my current unit to be unreliable since last time a circuit breaker tripped on my house the power unit died with it, I'm running in a replacement of the same model and I would believe it to die if another outage is to occur. Also I don't think it would provide adequate amperage for a Phenom II x6 to run at it's full potential.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
Depending on what other future upgrades ie...gpu, cpu and so on, the wattage size can be as little as 500 watts or upwards to and past the 1200 watt range. That being said, and what size/type case you have I would suggest a modular PSU of a reputable brand.
My case is a Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid-Tower case. And I was thinking of a modular unit as well, freeing up space and having no unused cables laying around the interior of the case. And reputable brands such as Cooler Master, SeaSonic, and Corsair, Antec are also what I will look for, but mostly the 80+ Certification.
As for future upgrades, no significant ones, I'm just looking to upgrade my CPU to the 6-core to remove the bottleneck on my games caused by my dual-core, I know my GPU is not the best but it is a great card.
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28 Dec 2011   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

On my new system I went with SeaSonic X650. It is last years model and they have the new series out. SeaSonic makes their own PSU and also makes them for other people like Corsair.

Welcome to Seasonic USA

These are fully modular and 80 PLUS Gold but are not cheap but are probably the top PSU design.

Jim
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28 Dec 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

SeaSonic USA is a great company and I hear they are just about the best maker of power units on the market, but the 80+ Gold are a bit pricey, so I think I'll stick with 80+ Bronze since those fit more snug into my price range.
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28 Dec 2011   #7

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

This system, with an AMD 1100T Black Edition processor

ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card (Catalyst 10.5 WHQL)
1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 hard disk
PC Power & Cooling 750W PSU
Asus P6TD Deluxe motherboard
Asus Crosshair IV Formula motherboard
Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H motherboard
4/6GB (3 x 2GB) Corsair 1,600MHz DDR3 memory (CL9)
Titan Fenrir TTC-NK85TZ CPU cooler

Uses 108 watts at idle and 207 watts under a load, according to this link:

Phenom II X6 1100T BE Power Consumption | bit-tech.net

The first two Seasonics at this link:

Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, Power Supplies, Power Supplies, SeaSonic USA, Yes

are Bronze certified, modular, and either 520 or 620 watts. They are about $90, including shipping, in the USA.

I think the Coolermaster 500 watt Extreme Power Plus is made by some outfit named "Acbel"---who I have never heard of. I'd guess it is of average quality at best.
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28 Dec 2011   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

I was lucky and got mine on sale for $100. They do make the M12II Models that are 80 PLUS Bronze for under $100.

Jim
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28 Dec 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

I now will be looking for SeaSonic USA units at Fry's Electronics when I head out there Friday, If I don't find one I'll get the ones I'm seeing here online.
I currently like this one: Newegg.com - SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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28 Dec 2011   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

That SeaSonic looks great and should handle the power needs for years, keep in mind that PSU's lose a percentage of there capacity as they age so over purchasing only allows for more upgrades and time to pass before failure.
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