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Old 07-24-2007, 10:44 AM   #1
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Ok, so my SECOND antec smart-power just died, and I'm switching to a different brand. I don't know which brands are well regarded. I'm thinking either Thermaltake or Ultra, but not so sure.

Any suggestions to which brand or specific model would be appreciated. My system specs are in my signature. I'm looking for something that is SLI compatible, modular cables (although not absolutley necessary), and max price of $100.

Thanks in advance for any input.
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The best way to find out whether a PSU is good or not, or any computer hardware really, is to go to http://www.newegg.com and just browse through PSUs and see the customer ratings, most of them will give you an idea of how it runs.
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naaa try going to PSUs and go to TOP SELLERS and theres useally some really good ones there
Im getting this one either today or tomorrow
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817190012
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enermax are good brands and very affordable
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Ok, so my SECOND antec smart-power just died, and I'm switching to a different brand. I don't know which brands are well regarded. I'm thinking either Thermaltake or Ultra, but not so sure.

Any suggestions to which brand or specific model would be appreciated. My system specs are in my signature. I'm looking for something that is SLI compatible, modular cables (although not absolutley necessary), and max price of $100.

Thanks in advance for any input.
Any reviews you read about a PSU should be done by an electrical engineer

After much research this is the PSU I have bought http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...y&promoid=1042

Electrically, it's one of the cleanest PSU's running, everything about this PSU electrical wise is perfect.

You can check out a few reviews
http://forum.ncix.com/forums/index.p...number=0&msgco
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=295&type=expert
And the most well written review of a PSU i've ever seen
http://jonnyguru.com/review_details.php?id=23
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Old 07-24-2007, 11:39 AM   #6
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Rosewill 550's are good.
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Old 07-24-2007, 11:41 AM   #7
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Silverstone is the best brand by far. Antec is also pretty good.

And definitely do not trust newegg reviews...
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Silverstone is the best brand by far. Antec is also pretty good.

And definitely do not trust newegg reviews...
I kinda agree with you on those reviews, but on some products, I wished I had, sigh
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http://www.jonnyguru.com/forums/showthread.php?t=103
That list is very good. It will tell you the good from the bad
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That list is very good. It will tell you the good from the bad
Yeah as mentioned great reviewer, but he mainly pays attention to PSU's far too powerful for just about anyone.

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Silverstone is the best brand by far. Antec is also pretty good.

And definitely do not trust newegg reviews...
Yeah, newegg sometimes deletes bad reviews, oh and for PSU's the non electrical engineer doesn't really know what their talking about

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That list is very good. It will tell you the good from the bad
To be perfectly honest, I thought that the guy came across as kind of pompous.

But maybe that's because I spent good money on a PSU that he placed in Tier 4?

Anyway, I can't see much use for anything beyond the 750 watts that I bought, yet all his top PSU's seem to be 800 or <.

And why are the Tier 4's Tier 4's? He gives bullet point specs on each without detailing why they're inferior. Then he refers to people that might "whine" about his rankings as "nimrods".

Jonny Guru? More like Jonny Jackass...
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Jonny Guru may be pompous, but his reviews are damned good. Very reliable and unbiased. I do agree that he does review rather high-end PSU's though. Then again PSUs aren't something to skimp out on, so if you're going to buy one, you should always get the best you can.
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http://www.custompc.co.uk/labs/category/psus

Fully comprehensive head to head labs test. Hope that helps.
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Jonny Guru may be pompous, but his reviews are damned good. Very reliable and unbiased. I do agree that he does review rather high-end PSU's though. Then again PSUs aren't something to skimp out on, so if you're going to buy one, you should always get the best you can.
Granted, I read several of his reviews and they are very detailed and informative. But frankly, my budget can't absorb a PSU that exceeds $150.

I understand the importance of the PSU, but bigger doesn't necessarily equal better. I shopped around, read reviews and got a good deal on a 750w Toughpower.

Ya know what? It works like a champ.
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double post, sorry
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To be perfectly honest, I thought that the guy came across as kind of pompous.

But maybe that's because I spent good money on a PSU that he placed in Tier 4?

Anyway, I can't see much use for anything beyond the 750 watts that I bought, yet all his top PSU's seem to be 800 or <.

And why are the Tier 4's Tier 4's? He gives bullet point specs on each without detailing why they're inferior. Then he refers to people that might "whine" about his rankings as "nimrods".

Jonny Guru? More like Jonny Jackass...
He's one out of 2 people I have seen that truly know what their talking about, he also reviews soem mid range PSU's on his website.

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http://www.custompc.co.uk/labs/category/psus

Fully comprehensive head to head labs test. Hope that helps.
Those reviews don't seem to touch the extremely important parts, however they are better than the rest

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Granted, I read several of his reviews and they are very detailed and informative. But frankly, my budget can't absorb a PSU that exceeds $150.

I understand the importance of the PSU, but bigger doesn't necessarily equal better. I shopped around, read reviews and got a good deal on a 750w Toughpower.

Ya know what? It works like a champ.
Bigger doesn't mean better, and he's reviewed some real nice 500 wattish psu's.
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Granted, I read several of his reviews and they are very detailed and informative. But frankly, my budget can't absorb a PSU that exceeds $150.

I understand the importance of the PSU, but bigger doesn't necessarily equal better. I shopped around, read reviews and got a good deal on a 750w Toughpower.

Ya know what? It works like a champ.
depastino, usually when the big brother of powersupplies, lets say the Toughpower 1kw, performes well, you can assume that its younger will perform almost exactly the same. And for those of you that can't afford psus >$150, there's a list for you too http://www.jonnyguru.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1460
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To be perfectly honest, I thought that the guy came across as kind of pompous.

But maybe that's because I spent good money on a PSU that he placed in Tier 4?

Anyway, I can't see much use for anything beyond the 750 watts that I bought, yet all his top PSU's seem to be 800 or <.

And why are the Tier 4's Tier 4's? He gives bullet point specs on each without detailing why they're inferior. Then he refers to people that might "whine" about his rankings as "nimrods".

Jonny Guru? More like Jonny Jackass...
Why? Its because some people stand by a certain brand no matter what. Some people refuse to buy anything but Corsair for RAM, or OCZ for powersupplies, or AMD for cpus. Why should people thread crap on his forum? IMO, he has all the right to call the fanboys nimrods. If you read the in depth reviews of each power supply, you will see that Enhance does very poorly above a certain wattage, regulation is horrible. And that some companies choose to skimp out on some things. Thats why they're tier 4 and not higher. If they can have tighter regulation, higher quality parts, better OEMs, then they can move up in the higher tiers.
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The 650 watt Silverstone Zeus is only $110 on newegg buddy...much cheaper and better than your 750 watt Thermaltake.
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Why? Its because some people stand by a certain brand no matter what. Some people refuse to buy anything but Corsair for RAM, or OCZ for powersupplies, or AMD for cpus. Why should people thread crap on his forum? IMO, he has all the right to call the fanboys nimrods. If you read the in depth reviews of each power supply, you will see that Enhance does very poorly above a certain wattage, regulation is horrible. And that some companies choose to skimp out on some things. Thats why they're tier 4 and not higher. If they can have tighter regulation, higher quality parts, better OEMs, then they can move up in the higher tiers.
All the tier 4 are great their, they just don't have as much power as the other tiers.
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