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Old 02-07-2009, 07:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Will Newegg.com - Recertified: SeaSonic OB-S12 Energy Plus SS-550HT 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Open Box

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That is not the psu i have or am going to have, its just a step under the one i have, i just cant remember mine cause its in the shop, cause my comp is peice of ****.

Was wondering so i could know if i needed to buy a better PSU
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go with this one instead. it's much better.


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A 380 earth watts would also be a fine choice.
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IMO, those earthwatts psus are over rated. They are good quality and a great value but I have seen their capabilities greatly overstated on tech forums. If you plan on running a powerful video card then i would recommend the 550vx. I have one and I am running 2 4850's in crossfire and an overclock e7200 with no issues.
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IMO, those earthwatts psus are over rated. They are good quality and a great value but I have seen their capabilities greatly overstated on tech forums. If you plan on running a powerful video card then i would recommend the 550vx. I have one and I am running 2 4850's in crossfire and an overclock e7200 with no issues.
I agree there. Though an Earthwatts may be able to handle it, the power supply will be stressed a good amount of the time, and that's not a good idea. The 550vx is an excellent choice.
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Seasonic make great PSUs and the SS-550HT is one of Ste's picks.
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IMO, those earthwatts psus are over rated. They are good quality and a great value but I have seen their capabilities greatly overstated on tech forums. If you plan on running a powerful video card then i would recommend the 550vx. I have one and I am running 2 4850's in crossfire and an overclock e7200 with no issues.
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I agree there. Though an Earthwatts may be able to handle it, the power supply will be stressed a good amount of the time, and that's not a good idea. The 550vx is an excellent choice.
Well for one he is not running a higher end video card. Also it is not meant to be a future proof choice it is meant to be a cheap and quality psu that is capable of powering his system. Also i have seen several people power sli systems or higher end video cards with the 380 earth watts (including tech-forums RicanFlow)

It could easily power a single 9800gtx with out stressing the psu too much...it would be fine to run a system like that.
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Seasonic make great PSUs and the SS-550HT is one of Ste's picks.
They are good quality. But look at the specs on it. 4 12v rails. That will be obnoxious to setup. All of the load balancing. It really limits you in a way.

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Well for one he is not running a higher end video card. Also it is not meant to be a future proof choice it is meant to be a cheap and quality psu that is capable of powering his system. Also i have seen several people power sli systems or higher end video cards with the 380 earth watts (including tech-forums RicanFlow)
This is true but I was trying to keep future use in mind. I think its a good thing if we recommend him parts that he wont necessarily have to replace next time he builds.
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^well obviously if he is going to upgrade in the future, or use the psu for his next build he should think ahead and id probably go for a 520hx (i like modular a lot)...but other then that a 380 earth watts would be an ideal bang for buck.
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modular psu's are very polarizing, some like the features, but others think its a waste of money, you pay more for less power. I have never dealt with one but I don't see an outstanding need for a modular psu. You can take care of that with smart wire management. In general we don't recommend them here that often unless the OP explicitly says they want one.
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