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Old 05-22-2009, 06:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've got $125 to spend on a new PSU. My current one is junk and I have to unplug it from power when my computer is shut off if I want to turn it on.

I'm probably going to upgrade to i7 sometime but I don't know when, and I don't think SLI will be worth it down the road and I'll probably just buy a new video card when my 260 starts to get old rather then buying another 260 and running them in SLI.

I was thinking a 750TX or 650TX but I have a few questions...

Will the PSUs draw the same amount of power each or will the 750 draw more then the 650? I know the 750 is bigger but if my computer isn't running at full load will it always be drawing 750 watts?

And is there a good modular PSU that is reliable and is made by a good high quality brand for $125?
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the answer to your questions is no, the psu's will only use what power is need the 750 will not use more than the 650. i would get the 650tx that psu can handle an i7 and a your gpu easy.
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Newegg.com - SILVERSTONE ST60F 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.com - SILVERSTONE ST70F 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

Those are modular... also it won't suck up the total until its used
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Most of the decent psu's are over 80% efficient (what they call 80+), and after that most quality psus are pretty close efficiency wise. The 750tx would be a great choice or even 650tx and both will draw somewhat exactly the same power assuming they are approximately the same effciency. If you want modular (personally i prefer modular too) these are some good choices.

the OCZ modxstream, these are quite good psu, reviews show they are effcient as the corsairs
Newegg.com - OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Power Supplies

But like vernong rec. silvertstone are great, one of my personal favourites, great quality.
Newegg.com - SILVERSTONE ST70F 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies
get the great rebate on this or the 600w vern said, great psus.
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Thanks guys I'm ordering that 700 watt silverstone modular PSU.
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no problem, post back to tell us how good it is, i'd like to see how other view the silverstone expierence.
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no problem, post back to tell us how good it is, i'd like to see how other view the silverstone expierence.
It just came in today and I already love it. I've never had a modular power supply and it makes cable management a lot easier. I really like how quiet it is my other PSU was the thing in my computer that made all the noise I guess... Maybe now I can leave my computer on all night and have it fold 24/7 and still be able to sleep well .
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I went wtith a Silverstone DA700, they're nice... the sleeving could be better though.

Enjoy the nice psu.
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The striders are awesome i had one in my old rig, i love it how all of the cables are modular and not just the optionals. I have been eying off the silverstone RV01 case and would love to pair it with a nice modular silverstone in my next rig.
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