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Weekend Open Forum: How powerful is your PSU?

By Matthew ยท 83 replies
Sep 24, 2010
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  1. You know, power supplies don't get the attention they deserve. PSUs sit dutifully behind the curtain bringing the whole show to life while processors and graphics cards hog the spotlight. There's a simple reason they're so overlooked in the enthusiast community, and I think we all know what it is: they're boring. In fact, that's why we tend to avoid reviewing power supplies. That being the case, we think it's about time to pay our respects.

    In this edition of our Weekend Open Forum, we want to know what wattage your power supply is rated for. You can brag about your specific model in the comments if you want to, but we've embedded a poll after the jump with a number of options broken down by 100W increments. Feel free to say a few kind words about the unglamorous, yet faithful metal box that fuels your machine for weeks at a clip, or just bow your head in a moment of silence.

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  2. grvalderrama

    grvalderrama TS Addict Posts: 210   +19

    550w Cooler Master, as you can see in my specs. Salute you!
  3. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,073   +164

    my system has 3 psu's
    1 X Corsiar HX 650 @ 650w (MB and peripherals)
    2 x FSP Group X5 @ 500w each = 1000w (graphic cards 3x 5850's + GT 9800 PhysX)
    for a grand total of 1650w
  4. I run a Ultra X4 750 watt PSU, 52amps on single 12v rail. Rock solid PSU.
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,947   +3,993

    You talk about boring, have I got boring for you.

    Whatever it is, I pretty much slap an Antec "Earthwatts" EA-380 in it. This due to my habitual dependence on IGP "solutions". That said, ironically I have an Antec EA-430 in my Core i3-530 build. This would be the machine that needs the least power to run. Hey, it was laying around, and I got it on sale. :confused:
  6. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,124   +1,617

    I have an ABS SL1050 1050 watt. Modular cables, single 12V rail, 80 PLUS Silver certified. Runs my SLI rig with plenty of power to spare for add-ons.

    That's quite the setup you have red1776. Got any pics of your rig?
  7. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Posts: 399

    TX850w by corsair. :)
  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,073   +164

    @ Tom, this is what it will look like for about another hour, I am moving,modding etc to a different case as we speak.


  9. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 266

    Corsair 750TX. Solid, reliable and quiet. What more could I ask for.
  10. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 523   +15

    Corsair tx 850w
  11. How can I vote, mine is 1000W but there's no 1000W in the selection.

    "900-999W" you can't find 1000W in this range.

    "Over 1000W" is obviously not equal to 1000W.
  12. ruben1992

    ruben1992 TS Rookie Posts: 31

    650w Antec Earthwatts
  13. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,415   +145

    I got my Antec Earthwatts 380w for sale too, it runs my 9600gt.
    Then I have that corsair 400w, running an integrated. I was thinking that I'd switch them the next time I open up my computer, but just this morning I loaned my monitor out for a bit but ended up just dusting everything off...
  14. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 880   +20

    I have an Corsiar HX 850, i now its overkill for my system but for $120 on newegg it was a steal
  15. I have an antec 380W PSU powering:
    Phenom II x4 810 w/ stock cooler, 6GB RAM, 2 500GB HDDs, 1 Optical drive, Radeon XFX HD5770xxx Edition, five case fans with LEDs
  16. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,840   +1,268

    How powerful is your PSU?

    Not nearly powerful enough. When the graphics ramp to 3D clocks I notice that the neighbours house lights don't dim at all....clearly, the Corsair HX1000 and TX750 need some severe upgrading.
  17. ebolamonkey3

    ebolamonkey3 TS Rookie Posts: 57

    What case do you use?? How do you make it all fit?
  18. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,073   +164

    That picture is in a Sunbeam AC-9 acrylic...way too cramped, as we speak I am moving it (making some changes) and putting it in the ubiquitous Coolermaster HAF 932.
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,947   +3,993

    Easy! You just need to connect the room lights to the same 15 amp line as the PSU. If that isn't enough, connect a dummy load, such as a small space heater also. Then you install your slow pop breaker, kick back and watch the intimidation happen. OK, who says that an evening of game play and intimidation can't be in an intimate setting.

    Sadly this only works at your location. You'd have to work out a dimming conspiracy with your neighbors. Yeah right, I know, dealing with neighbors is way, way more trouble than it's worth.

    Need a boost of the psych factor? loosen the bolts on the PSU transformer, that should add an eerie humm to the mix.
  20. Davidoff

    Davidoff TS Member Posts: 46

    Cooler Master 500W PSU
  21. Silverstone is my favour....next might want to have a Seasonic PSU. Cheaper...but still provide the juice.
  22. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,400   +627

    The last 5 PCs I built for myself have had either a Silverstone OP850 850W (3 PCs) or a Corsair TX850 850W PSU (2 PCs).
  23. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,146   +142

    I just upgraded my modular OCZ Fatal1ty 550w psu to a Kingwin LZ-1000 1000w modular for my gaming rig. The 550w psu was relocated to my htpc.
  24. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,146   +142

    So you decided on the 932 eh? Nice choice my friend. I can't wait to see it completed! By next week I'll throw some shots of my Cosmos S up as well.
  25. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,073   +164

    I told you, no more agreeing with me! :p:wave:
    I looked at the cosmos, that thing is a tank! maybe the roomiest case ever. they were out of it at Micro center the day I went, so I picked up the 932. Its a little 'military industrial' but it will work for the WC when I get to it.

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