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November 28, 2013 9:02:41 AM

NZXT H630 Case

Xeon E5-2687w (May upgrade down the line to the v2 iv-e version or the 2697 12 core)

Asus Rampage IV Black Edition

32gb 2400mhz CL10 Vengeance Ram (May expand to 64gb down the line)

Samsung 840 Pro 512gb (Will expand to a 1TB 840 Evo and 2 to 4 3TB Toshiba mechanical drives in raid)

FirePro W8000 (May expand to dual titans, will not exceed dual sli/crossfire down the line)

Noctua NH-U12dx i4 air cooler and fans throughout. (May expand to water cooling via EK matching rampage water block)

How much power do I need? Peak and continuous? I want a top of the line fully modular 80+ Platinum PSU that will support this and room to expand to what was stated. I'm aiming for top quality and best bang for the buck (just want it to be worth every penny) but price is no real object here as I value reliability and quality above all.

Thanks in advance!

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November 28, 2013 9:15:54 AM
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The White Knight said:
NZXT H630 Case

Xeon E5-2687w (May upgrade down the line to the v2 iv-e version or the 2697 12 core)

Asus Rampage IV Black Edition

32gb 2400mhz CL10 Vengeance Ram (May expand to 64gb down the line)

Samsung 840 Pro 512gb (Will expand to a 1TB 840 Evo and 2 to 4 3TB Toshiba mechanical drives in raid)

FirePro W8000 (May expand to dual titans, will not exceed dual sli/crossfire down the line)

Noctua NH-U12dx i4 air cooler and fans throughout. (May expand to water cooling via EK matching rampage water block)

How much power do I need? Peak and continuous? I want a top of the line fully modular 80+ Platinum PSU that will support this and room to expand to what was stated. I'm aiming for top quality and best bang for the buck (just want it to be worth every penny) but price is no real object here as I value reliability and quality above all.

Thanks in advance!


These will give you future proofing for those upgrades, i dont know you budget but say if these are too much/can spend more:
http://www.amazon.com/Fractal-Design-1000-Watt-Certifie...

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-SuperNOVA-1000G2-ATX12V-120-...

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-V1000-Modular-Certi...

And one i could not find on amazon the Corsair AX1200i is AMAZING
November 28, 2013 10:11:43 AM

Great recommendations! That evga one looks really cool, i'm a fan of Seasonic, Enermax and Corsair too and was looking at the AX1200i as well!

What is the baseline power I need for my system before considering expansion?

Is it bad to get too much power than I need, one time i killed a PSU in a short a mount of time maybe a month or two from ThermalTake i believe and they claimed it was because the PSU i had was more powerful than i needed but i thought regardless of power it would only produce what the system demanded?
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November 28, 2013 10:29:50 AM

The White Knight said:
Great recommendations! That evga one looks really cool, i'm a fan of Seasonic and Corsair too and was looking at the AX1200i as well!

What is the baseline power I need for my system before considering expansion?

Is it bad to get too much power than I need, one time i killed a PSU in a short a mount of time maybe a month or two from ThermalTake i believe and they claimed it was because the PSU i had was more powerful than i needed but i thought regardless of power it would only produce what the system demanded?


Well the baseline im not too sure but maybe about 7-800 watts but 1000w+ should be plenty.
If fact its better to get more power then the psu has to work less=less fan rpm= less noise= less heat= longer psu life.
The 1000+ psu's would give you more choice in terms of water cooling 3 SLI etc so maybe go with the corsair OR for overkill go with the EVGA 1500w. If you dont use the full 1500w which you probably wont it puts the psu under less load which is good but its a bit pricey.
November 28, 2013 10:45:02 AM

What brand 1500w EVGA is the best / did you have in mind?
November 28, 2013 2:16:02 PM

Sorry I meant model*, the reviews for the corsair aren't too inviting, even for the seasonics actually. The 1k watt EVGA looks great and for that price but I don't want to wait around for rebates. Is there a reason why you didn't recommend the platinum version?

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-SuperNOVA-Platinum-Certified...

The 1500w version is good too but for almost the price I can get one of these instead: ($50 newegg business discount):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 1350W (Is it compatible for my build?)

I really like EVGA's 10 year warranty but am leaning toward Enermax's proud support of the latest xeon processors. From what I can understand I would need about 1200 if i want to do the future upgrades i mentioned in the op and more than that will lend itself to additional durability. Knowing that i'm intentionally avoiding below 1000W and above 1500 but i'd like to hover around 12 and 1300 and since being in the price range i'll only consider 80+ Platinum and Gold options. Seasonic has nothing above 1k that is platinum.

I really like be quiet's DARK POWER PRO 10 | 1200W CM but i think newegg is the only distributor atm and they are out of it (shows discontinued for some reason).
November 28, 2013 5:32:47 PM

Ok it's down to the OCZ PPCMK3S1200 vs the Enermax Platimax EPM1350EWT. Are both compatible? Which is better and is there another model I should be considering?
November 29, 2013 8:10:34 AM

The White Knight said:
Ok it's down to the OCZ PPCMK3S1200 vs the Enermax Platimax EPM1350EWT. Are both compatible? Which is better and is there another model I should be considering?


Both those psu's are HORRIBLE bad quality and high failure rates. A good psu is VERY important get the EVGA 1200/1500w or the corsari AX1200i or the Fractal 1000w 80+ platinum i linked to.
November 29, 2013 5:04:11 PM

Really?? I'm surprised, based on customer reviews it seems like it's the exact opposite situation. Do you have any links to support how "HORRIBLE" the quality is on those 2? The fractal is only 1k Watts too which isn't sufficient for expansion.

I want to make this purchase once and do it right so I don't have to do it again so i'd like to hover around 12/1300w.
November 30, 2013 12:16:15 AM

The White Knight said:
Really?? I'm surprised, based on customer reviews it seems like it's the exact opposite situation. Do you have any links to support how "HORRIBLE" the quality is on those 2? The fractal is only 1k Watts too which isn't sufficient for expansion.

I want to make this purchase once and do it right so I don't have to do it again so i'd like to hover around 12/1300w.


They arent HORRIBLE in the sense that they will explode everything. They just dont have the longest life and for the price you can get better ones with 10 year warranty's and such so i usually avoid pcpowerandcooling.
The enermax would be a better choice but for that price get the corsair ax1200i or the EVGA SuperNova 1500w.
You would be surprised that 1200w is enough for most upgrades.
November 30, 2013 8:00:52 PM

The OCZ PC Power & Cooling one is even recommended by Jonny Guru and the reviews are excellent everywhere with the exception of a couple of duds and the fact that OCZ is filing for bankruptcy (Toshiba may be buying their assets). I went and re-researched the Enermax too and people love them, i'm just skeptical where you get your information from. Not that I wouldn't be surprised if you were right but do you have any links or information to support that they don't have the longest life or what PSU's do have the lowest failure rates?
December 1, 2013 2:47:46 AM

The White Knight said:
The OCZ PC Power & Cooling one is even recommended by Jonny Guru and the reviews are excellent everywhere with the exception of a couple of duds and the fact that OCZ is filing for bankruptcy (Toshiba may be buying their assets). I went and re-researched the Enermax too and people love them, i'm just skeptical where you get your information from. Not that I wouldn't be surprised if you were right but do you have any links or information to support that they don't have the longest life or what PSU's do have the lowest failure rates?


Ok, my bad i was thinking of another psu brand.
Just for the price you might as well get the 10 year warranty EVGA or the 7 year high quality Corsair AX1200i
December 3, 2013 7:48:01 AM

I really wanted the Enermax or Silencer but because of Corsair's AX1200i reputation (really hoping it isn't paid promotion from trusted sites) and because I got my local Microcenter to honor newegg's out of stock pricing i went with it and scored it for $249.99 after MIR! Now I get the ability to control fans etc remotely via the software and utilize the PWM functions of all my fans with Corsair Link which the other 2 PSU's can't do but I could have worked around it.

I wanted the OCZ Silencer for matching case color but Function>Form plus PSU color won't be noticed 95% of the time. Platimax woulda been lovely but i'll just use that in my next build. Going with the AX1200i also benefited me with corsair link fan controller because my H630 case only has 2 open slots on the front of the case so now i don't have to worry about how to get a fan controller in there since it uses a standard hard drive bay. I can use them for an optical drive and either a memory card reader package or the rampage iv black edition oc panel.

*Picks myself as solution.*
December 3, 2013 7:59:07 AM

The White Knight said:
I really wanted the Enermax or Silencer but because of Corsair's AX1200i reputation (really hoping it isn't paid promotion from trusted sites) and because I got my local Microcenter to honor newegg's out of stock pricing i went with it and scored it for $249.99 after MIR! Now I get the ability to control fans etc remotely via the software and utilize the PWM functions of all my fans with Corsair Link which the other 2 PSU's can't do but I could have worked around it.

I wanted the OCZ Silencer for matching case color but Function>Form plus PSU color won't be noticed 95% of the time. Platimax woulda been lovely but i'll just use that in my next build. Going with the AX1200i also benefited me with corsair link fan controller because my H630 case only has 2 open slots on the front of the case so now i don't have to worry about how to get a fan controller in there since it uses a standard hard drive bay. I can use them for an optical drive and either a memory card reader package or the rampage iv black edition oc panel.

*Picks myself as solution.*


So you ended up going for the corsair?
The enermax would have been ok but for that price that's pretty good for the AX1200i.
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