Originally Posted by Ste
Highly Recommended Single 12V Power Supplies ...
Cooler Master Silent Pro M 700
Ultra Enthusiast gaming, over clocking or server machines ...
Enthusiast gaming & over clocking machines ...
ABS Tagan (ITZ1300 & BZ800 )
BFG (LS1200, LS1000)
Cooler Master Silent Pro
Seventeam (Thundering 1000W, ST-650P-AF)
Brands to Avoid: There are a lot of poor quality power supplies out there ...
Thanks for the list. I've inter-lineated some of my experiences in red.
Cooler Master makes two lines of Silent Pro actually ...the Gold Series (overpriced and most w/ 120mm fans), and the M Series, which I really like. They're well-priced, bought a 700 watt for $119, they all have 135 mm fans and nice little silicon pads to silence contact surfaces. Especially nice are the selectable modular cables, plug in just what you need (no more floppy connector hanging there mocking me!). I guess modular is pretty common now, but it was new to me.
Honestly I cannot stand power supplies. For 15 years they were an afterthought at best, and now just in the past few years we're expected to intuit that we need nearly double the wattage recommended by every power calculator out there. For my new build a year ago - Q9400 Quad, 4 gb Reaper 800, 1 gig Geforce 9800GT - online calculators recommended 380-450 watts. So I buy a 600-watt Logisys, 80+ and SLI-certified.
It died on Day 2. Spent $18 to ship it back RMA, and the guy calls, "these never break, what did you do to this unit?" I used it sir, used it properly. "What system do you have?" I tell him, and he gets whiiney, "no no, this is not for a quad core and that video card." It's a middle-of-the-road card, sir, and more importantly it's just one card. nVidia gave you an SLI cert, meaning it should handle two cards. He finally sent me another, but it was loud and died a month or two later.
I do think we're going overkill on these. The high-end Silent Pro Golds have 90 amps, that's enough to start a small car. Whatever, I went with the Silent Pro M 700, couldn't be happier.