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Old 08-30-2008, 02:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone,
I need to order a PSU ASAP because my build parts have arrived but.. I need to find a PSU now. soo.. would this PSU be a decent one?

Coolmax CX-550B Black 550-Watt ATX 120mm Fan SATA-Ready 2024-Pin Power Supply at

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RAM: ocz platinum revision 2- 2 gigs

Also, does thermal grease matter that much or will any brand work ?

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Old 08-30-2008, 03:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Corsair VX550W 550W ATX Power Supply - SLI-Ready, SATA-Ready CMPSU-550 at

is a little bit higher quality, and is a highly recommended psu brand on these forums.


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Old 08-30-2008, 04:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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some thermal compound are more effective than others
so overclockers prefer better ones to keep temperatures down to achieve higher overclock
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Coolmax is an avoid brand on our PSU recommendation list

Get a Corsair 550vx or 450vx
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or if your on a budget, rosewill is good.
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definitely get the corsair, budget or not u need consistent power

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