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what kind of PowerSupply?

By silence911 ยท 6 replies
Jan 23, 2006
  1. Hi i currently have an Asus p4p800-e deluxe, 3ghz p4(overclocked to 3.6), a thermaltake bigwater cooler, 1gig rami forgot wat make, 256mb nvidia geforce 5500, 2 maxtor HD(40g and 160g), one sony DRu-810A,, couple of fans. what kind of power supply would you guys recomend me to use, how many watts? cuss i had a 650w Chiefmax power supply which blew up yesterday after i used it for only a couples of months. thank you in advance

    How many watts and what brand?
    is it because i OC it 2much, if so how much should i over clock it 2? tat is safe for my PSU
  2. iNoob

    iNoob TS Rookie Posts: 68

    Don't worry about overclocking too much. As long as your CPU runs nice and cool at that clock rate, you're fine. Now about the PSU, i'd say a minimum of 500W, maybe 550W. You should get one from Antec as they make some of the best PSUs around in terms of efficiency and reliability.
  3. hewybo

    hewybo TS Maniac Posts: 435

    read this

    Read this http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=792566. Than go for minimum 500W. :wave:
  4. LipsOfVenom

    LipsOfVenom TS Rookie Posts: 160

    it's not so much how much power you have, but the brand of PS you have. Your CPU and graphics cards will usually take up the most watts, but since you have a 5500, that doesn't take up much power. for your system 400 watts is good, but like the above post i suggest a good renowned brand...i.e. antec or the Ultra series
  5. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388


    Ultra's look nice, but apparantly aren't up to snuff on the inside. Maybe newer ones are better now...?
  6. hewybo

    hewybo TS Maniac Posts: 435


    I have an Ultra X-connect 500W PSU. I did have to RMA the first one after a month, but the replacement has been rock-solid steady for 8 months. The lifetime warranty is attractive, and it is modular, so just use the cables you need. One drawback- there is no sensor wire to the mobo. They now have models with dual 12v rails. Just a comment. not necessarily a recommendation.

    As an interesting aside, I recently read a test (can't remember where) that compared PSU quality as a function of weight! Turns out- in almost every test- the heavier, the better! :)
  7. Exscind

    Exscind TS Rookie Posts: 26

    Good brands in the PSU market include: Antec, OCZ, Enermax, Fortron, Tagan, and PC Power & Cooling. PC P&C is the most expensive, but #1 performer. OCZ is the second best, and their prices are very affordable (OCZ Powerstream 520W is darn stable, and about $120 or so). The third choice I'd pick in terms of balancing price and performance is the Enermax EG565P-VE FMA 535w. It is dual +12V (18A + 18A != 36A. It's 34A because Enermax is strange :p). It can be found at Monarch for $80, and it is rock solid.

    When shopping for psu's, don't take the wattage literally. That's the peak power, and most of the time a facade. With your system, which is bordering medium-high to high end system, I would avoid brands like ThermalTake and lesser-known brands.
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