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Old 07-03-2008, 08:10 PM   #1
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Default Need opinion: PSU

I recently created many threads about upgrading my dell. I don't regret it, as it will help make me the best possible decision out there. Now, I want to get a double check on the PSU that I will be ordering. I won't do a check on the case because however many opinions I get, it's really something personal that can vary with each purchase.

Well when my upgrade is complete it will look something like this:

-CPU - OC'ed C2D/Dual-Core
-GPU - HD2600 PRO (maybe better)
-MOBO - Most likely a Intel G31 (Gigabyte)
-RAM - 2GB (I'll be running XP Home)
-80 GB HDD (Stock from Dell)
-DVD/CD Reader (Stock from Dell)
-4/5 80mm Fans (1 intake, 1 outtake, 2/3 managing the air inside)

So, I've heard good stuff about FSP, but I have no clue about PSUs. DJ Chris gave me a hand with this pick, but I want even more opinions.

...And I forgot the link. Here it is.

If it's no good, help me pick out a better one for the same price or lower.
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Old 07-03-2008, 08:29 PM   #2
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Default Re: Need opinion: PSU

FSP makes a very good power supply for the money. They are very reliable.

Right now, the best bang for your buck for an average system is the SILVERSTONE ST400 400W for $46.99. It has slightly less wattage, but it makes up for it with strong dual 12V rails supplying 18A each.

Another good choice would be an OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS 500W for $59.99 ($29.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate)

All three will be more than enough to power your system while supplying strong, reliable power. It just really boils down to how much you want to spend.
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Old 07-03-2008, 08:31 PM   #3
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I'm down wit that OCZ. Would you recommend it over the Silverstone? I mean, think of it as if it were your own PC, which one would you take?
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I would go with the OCZ 500W. Many of the newer ATI video cards need at least a 450W power supply.
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Wow! Just for them!?? That would mean I'd need like a 600W or something. But ok, I will go with that OCZ then.
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No, you wouldn't need a 600W PSU. It's just that the ATI video cards require at least a 450W PSU to operate properly along with the rest of the computer components.
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I see. Well. I'll go with that then. Let me update my cart and get my total. Maybe I can squeeze in some money. Although it will be more expensive. You think it would be ok for me to rely on the MIR? I heard of some cases where people didn't get theirs.
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OCZ is pretty good with their rebates. It may take a while, but you should get it.

Better act fast though, today is the last day to be eligible for the rebate. The rebate is good for purchases from 6/26/08 to 7/3/08.
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Oh shit! I better get it then.

edit: What time do they go by? It could be over already.

edit2: it will fit in this case fine right? I need to know so I can order.

edit3: All this trouble and my dad is not letting me buy...he wants me to wait more so I can get all pieces.
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edit: It goes by date, probably midnight tonight.

edit2: Yes, it will fit that case.

edit3: Bummer.

But it's still a good deal even without the rebate.
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