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Old 09-11-2006, 04:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was looking through some power supplys on newegg and since I have no idea what makes a power supply good or not so I just went through and picked some out that looked good. If not any of these, what is a reccomended power supply?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817812002
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817128006
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817189012
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817104018
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151024
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817194001
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817128006
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817189012
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817104018

all help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-11-2006, 04:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well I would go with the Enermax, but part of the question is how much watage do you need?
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I guess around 400-500 or a little over watts would be sufficient for an E6600, 7900 GT, Audigy 2 ZS, whatever Hard Drive, 2 DVD burners, and some fans
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yea, but your graphics card will be one of the biggets factor, i know my friend requires a 550 watt one.
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what gfx card does your friend have?

for the one I'm looking into newegg says, "Power supply of 400 watt(550W is recommended for SLI mode) is highly recommended for system stability."

It's an MSI 7900 GT

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127218
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Dont worry about the wattage as much as you should on the Rails.


Check the 12V rails.


Most now are dual, so have at least 26 on each if its dual, and Quad, 18 is acceptable.
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out of all those, the FSP fortons, enermax, and seasonic are the most reliable and good quality. Take a look at a OCZ Gamexstream too, awsome PSU. Dont forgot about Antec either, they make good reliable PSUs for pretty cheap.
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Ok then. I've pretty much narrowed it down to

The Enermax All in One Noisetaker
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817194001

The SeaSonic S12-500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151024

And the OCZ GameXStream
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341001

which is the best out of those? Because the only major differences are in wattage that I can see, and I have no understanding of how the whole "amps thing" works.
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Well, the enermax and seasonic both have 2 +12V rails while the OCZ has 4 +12V rails. For the money, i think the OCZ would be the best bang for your buck. And also, if for some odd reason 600W isnt enough, OCZ makes a 700W gamexstream version thats the same price as the enermax and seasonic if not cheaper, but go for the 600W one.

for the amps, heres a little chart/layout/thingy
OCZ: 4 +12V rails, 18A each
Seasonic: 2 +12V rails, 18A each
Enermax: 2 +12V rails, 18A each

So why pay more, for less total power? the OCZ has more watts, and +12V amps then both the seasonic and enermax and is cheaper.

I have the OCZ and its awsome. I kno i dont use all the wattage, but i like power .
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Thanks for clearing that up for me. I guess I'll go with the OCZ as it seems to have the most power and stability for less money. Even I can do the simple math that 600 watts and 4 12v rails at 18A each is plenty. At least I know that I'll be able to power almost anything i want. And it glows blue which fits the theme of my case.
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