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Windows 7: New PSU needed


09 Apr 2013   #1
CJW

7 Pro. 64Bit w/SP1
 
 
New PSU needed

Looking to get a new PSU & would like some advice on these:

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500W - Model: RS500-PCARD3-US
Corsair Builder Series 500W - Model: CX500
Corsair CX Series 500W Modular - Model: CX500M
Thermaltake 500W Power Supply - Model: TR-500

I did calculations & 500W is more that enough concerning the hardware I have.
Light-to-medium game play (mostly puzzels, some older FPS's)
Light-to-medium photoshop work
Mostly documents writing/reading & web surfing

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09 Apr 2013   #2

 

The "best" one in the list is the CX500, but it's not all that good. It's overpriced for what you get (most of Corsair's PSUs are overpriced these days). It's essentially a cheaply-made Corsair PSU.

Do these PSUs represent what your budget is? Can you order from Newegg?

Also, is this for your rig? Does it still have just one 6670 in it? If so, then you could get SeaSonic's 360W G Series and still have extra power left over for lots of comfort.

Finally, will you always have one video card? If so, then will you ever be able to afford higher-end video cards that usually cost $300-$500? If you'll have two, then what two might you get?
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09 Apr 2013   #3

W7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I would stay away from the Thermaltakes.

I had three of them crap out on my customers in less than a year of use.

Whatever you buy, get one with an 80+ rating, and at least "bronze".
The psu is one item you don't want to get cheap on. And always, get one with at least 25%-30% more capacity than you need.
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09 Apr 2013   #4

 

Not every PSU that has a good 80+ rating is a good PSU.
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09 Apr 2013   #5

W7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

It is if it's Antec, Corsair, or Seasonic.
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09 Apr 2013   #6

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pscowboy View Post
It is if it's Antec, Corsair, or Seasonic.
Not necessarily, but we'll cross that bridge if we get to it.
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09 Apr 2013   #7
CJW

7 Pro. 64Bit w/SP1
 
 

These are the prices I've found on Newegg & TigerDirect

Newegg:
Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus CX500 - $44.99 + Free Shipping
Corsair Builder Series CX500 - $59.99 + Free Shipping
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Tiger Direct:
Thermaltake TR-500 - $39.99 + $6.83 Shipping
Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus CX500 - $47.99 + $5.92 Shipping
Corsair CX500 - $69.99 + $6.83 Shipping
Corsair CX500M - $69.99 + $6.51 Shipping

I was thinking of the 500s just for room in the future just in case something comes up.
I'd like to stay w/in these price ranges but may be able to squeeze a little more if needed.
Same specs except that I upgraded to the Kingston HyperX 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 (PC3-12800) Dual Channel Kit.
It's highly likely I'll stick w/the 6670 card I have now for some time, don't believe I'll ever buy a card over $200.00 & will not be getting 2 cards anytime in the future.
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09 Apr 2013   #8

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CJW View Post
These are the prices I've found on Newegg & TigerDirect

Newegg:
Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus CX500 - $44.99 + Free Shipping
Corsair Builder Series CX500 - $59.99 + Free Shipping
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Tiger Direct:
Thermaltake TR-500 - $39.99 + $6.83 Shipping
Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus CX500 - $47.99 + $5.92 Shipping
Corsair CX500 - $69.99 + $6.83 Shipping
Corsair CX500M - $69.99 + $6.51 Shipping

I was thinking of the 500s just for room in the future just in case something comes up.
I'd like to stay w/in these price ranges but may be able to squeeze a little more if needed.
Same specs except that I upgraded to the Kingston HyperX 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 (PC3-12800) Dual Channel Kit.
It's highly likely I'll stick w/the 6670 card I have now for some time, don't believe I'll ever buy a card over $200.00 & will not be getting 2 cards anytime in the future.
Oh then I recommend the 450W Pro Series Core Edition because it's better than the CX500 and it is $59.99 shipped as well, but $49.99 after the rebate card (well, once you spend it all):

XFX ProSeries P1-450S-X2B9 450W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Core Edition V2 Full Wired Power Supply - Newegg.com

This will last "forever" if you will never get any video cards that cost more than ~$200, especially since you'll always have one video card.

Not only that, but each new generation of GPUs and CPUs requires less power than the previous.
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09 Apr 2013   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
Not every PSU that has a good 80+ rating is a good PSU.
But I doubt you'd recommend something that DIDN'T have an 80+ rating or better...
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09 Apr 2013   #10

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
Not every PSU that has a good 80+ rating is a good PSU.
But I doubt you'd recommend something that DIDN'T have an 80+ rating or better...
I don't pay attention to the rating because it's just marketing hype.
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