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March 14, 2007 11:03:56 PM

I am beginning a new build and was driving past today and saw 3 power supplies that interested me.

CM Real Power Pro 850 $175
Tt Tough Power 750 $140
BFG 1000 $210

I got home and did some looking around and found that the CM and Tt were pretty bad but the reviews on the BFG were for the most part pretty good.

My question is if anyone has this PS and what they think of it.

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March 14, 2007 11:38:46 PM

Do not buy from compusa, and get a pcpower psu.
March 14, 2007 11:46:38 PM

I did some research and the system I want to build will use close to 1000w
so what do you think about this one

1100w
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March 15, 2007 12:34:09 AM

System specs? Are you going to be oc'ing?


To bad CompUSA is closing, thats the only place I can find Bawls mints...
March 15, 2007 12:44:44 AM

System Specs

COOLER MASTER Stacker RC-832
ASUS Striker Extreme
2x EVGA 768-P2-N835-AR GeForce 8800GTX
Tagan TG1100-U96 ATX12V / EPS12V 1100 Watts Power Supply
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Kentsfield 2.66GHz LGA 775
mushkin eXtreme Performance 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Koutech IO-RCM620 USB 2.0 Card Reader - OEM
4x Seagate Barracuda ES ST3500630NS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA
BenQ FP241W Black 24" 16ms (6ms GTG) DVI Widescreen HDMI
Creative SOUND BLASTER X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS 7.1 Channels PCI


and to your second question only moderatly 10-15%

so as you can see I need a lot of power
March 15, 2007 12:53:08 AM

Wow, thats one hell of a system. For a computer like that there are only two power supplies I would get.

1000w Enermax Galaxy
1000w PC P&C Turbo-Cool

Both are monsters, theres pretty much nothing they cant handle. The only thing better then these two would be a high quality self built unit.
March 15, 2007 1:01:17 AM

I'm going to buy it in pieces over the next couple of months, I mostly want to wait for Intel's price drops next month.

I know the PC Power and Cooling is good but the reviews for the 1100w I linked to were pretty impressive and it's about half the price. Also the Enermax is modular and I don't want the extra resistence.
March 15, 2007 1:35:23 AM

just about half of the stores are closing, the one where i live is closing too. link
March 15, 2007 2:33:39 AM

You have a lot of great information in your sig. I ran the PS calculator and it said 1068w. I realize that that's at 100% usage and might be a little high but I don't know if it's 300w high.

I also checked out the Tagan review that's in your sig. and it looks like a great product. The PC P&C 1000 is a great product as well but I find it hard to believe it's $240 better.
March 15, 2007 3:45:40 AM

Hey I just bought two more of those Seagate 500Gig drives for my READYNAS NV unit....now have 4 of them in there. I love the drives and they are quality Enterprise level hardware.

As for a 1100w PS Im not seeing it in your specs... 4 HD's is not really that big a drain...ny NAS unit uses roughly 48 watts or so to run 4 of those drives, and Dual 8800's shoud fit nicely with an 850w or if you must a 1kw supply.
March 15, 2007 5:34:11 AM

I agree the Seagate's are nice, a little on the pricey side but good solid quiet drives.

As far as the PS I think I am just prone to err on the side of too much power rather than risk not having enough and with all I've stated plus 7 fans and 5 HD ( I also have a 120gb Seagate that I will be installing) I'd like to ensure a little wiggle room.

Plus as my system starts to age I will have the extra power to OC and keep up to date.
March 15, 2007 10:04:50 AM

:)  5 fans? Noise must not be a factor for you ;) 

Im starting to get irritated by the noise of my BFG OC 7800 video card.....I finally put all ultra quite 17db fans in my Antec 900 case....but the freakin 7800 is lound enough to scare the dog :p 

So Im seriously considering watercooling even though my CPU never gets above 120 f even when Im overclocked by 15%
March 15, 2007 1:42:10 PM

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5 fans? Noise must not be a factor for you


9 fans plus the fans on the video cards. I bought the fans yesterday and their CM 120's 45cfm and 19db so they should be reasonble quiet if not I'll have to figure out something to silence them.
March 16, 2007 1:47:21 AM

19db is pretty good, though the CFM is low....guess thats why you have 9 of them :) 

Im using SilenX IXTREMA 120's 14db at 72cfm...but they really are expensive :( 

They take 1.92 watts a piece.
March 16, 2007 1:59:27 AM

mpilch knows his stuff and an 850watt PSU would run it well.

I do suggest the OCZ GameXstream 850 or if you really think you need a 1kw PSU then go for the OCZ. It is smaller than every other 1kw on the market and is a high quality unit. It is actually smaller than my Ultra X-Connect 500w that I have sitting around. My 700 GameXstream is the same size.
March 16, 2007 2:24:02 AM

apt403, Check www.xoxide.com for all your caffeine goodness. Not a bad price on some other cool stuff too. I have ordered many times from them without any problems.
March 16, 2007 3:26:04 AM

This doesn't have to do with what the OP was asking, but I managed to pick up an AeroCool ExtremEngine III mid-tower for 30% off at my local CompUSA due to their entire inventory being on clearance.

Too bad most of the stuff there is only 10% off or they might actually be worth buying some stuff from.
March 16, 2007 5:54:27 AM

I live near DC and the CompUSA stores here are incredibly mis-manged, every single time we went in to the store to buy something we found that there had been a bait and switch with the pricing. Managers would say oh it was just a mistake, a new stock person marked them wrong...but it would happen time and time again....eventually we quit going and do all our tech shopping online now....

Brick and Mortar Retailers who don't run quality businesses will soon go out of business.
March 16, 2007 5:57:55 AM

Along 355? Lots of things are hard to find over that way ;)  Im off 198 and 650
March 16, 2007 10:49:08 AM

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Brick and Mortar Retailers who don't run quality businesses will soon go out of business.


I think that has been true for as long as civilization has existed (and I am not talking about the game :)  ) Unless ofcourse they have a monopoly 8) .........
March 16, 2007 12:24:37 PM

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Wow, thats one hell of a system. For a computer like that there are only two power supplies I would get.


Seconded, sweet rig

w00t 100th post!!
March 16, 2007 1:43:27 PM

You're going to buy only piece by piece in the next 2 months? Why don't you hold off everything and wait to see how Kuma and Barcelona perform against conroes and kentsfield? Or how R600s do against G80? They are just around the corner.

Also, consider looking at the Razer Barrucuda sound card.

Consider looking at 2 Raptors in Raid 0 + 2 500GB Barracudas instead of the 4 500GB Barracudas you listed. What are you planning with 2TB of storage?! Rip Blu rays?! (RAID 10 maybe?) LOL. Jeesus doing a low level format with 2TB will take awhile, not to mention defragging it.

If you got $$$ get 1000W+ PSU.

I have the Stacker 832. Large case, side panels are somewhat flimsy and annoying to slide out and into. For some reason I can only fit two screws onto the PSU, but its pretty secure.

Otherwise, looks like a top of the line gaming rig.
March 16, 2007 1:50:14 PM

I wouldn't go raid 0. With the cost of storage nowadays (dirt cheap) it is better to go raid 1, 1+0 or 5 (the best). The space saved and slight performance gain with raid 0 is not worth the risks when it comes to data integrity.
March 16, 2007 6:20:44 PM

I am planning a raid 5 setup (striping and mirroring) to improve performance and to increase security in case of failure (I hate backing everything up).

As far as holding off for new products, my build isn't set in stone eventhough I just spent my first grand on it yesterday there are still some major components I need to buy and depending on what gets announced or released I will adjust accordingly.

I really want and need a new system but I've been waiting to see benches for the new AMD products before I buy I'm just getting a little impatient.

As far as the Stacker, they had a used slightly beat up 830 at my local CompUSA for 30% off, that discount wasn't enough for what I would have had to do to make it look good again and I wanted the 832 anyway (one of the things I ordered yesterday) but I looked at it and it seemed like a really solid case,and I love that it's tooless.
March 16, 2007 6:34:29 PM

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I do suggest the OCZ GameXstream 850 or if you really think you need a 1kw PSU then go for the OCZ


I will take a look at them as I am a huge fan of the band as well and anyone who likes Tool must know what he is talking about.

I've kind of decided against the Tagan and I know the PCP&C's are good I just think they are overpriced. Also Newegg is almost always the least expensive and I can't believe the PCP&C 1000 is $100 more expensive there than on PCP&C's site. Just goes to show even if you believe in a company (which I do with Newegg) you should still shop around.
March 16, 2007 7:13:56 PM

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SilenX IXTREMA 120's 14db at 72cfm


Those stats are insane I have to check those out. I bought 8 CM fans for $60 which is a good price but if my temps aren't where I want them I'll check those out. Thanks for the post.

(Edit) I just looked and they have a model rated 1db quieter with twice the airflow, wow. Anyone want some Cooler Master 120mm fans,lol.
March 16, 2007 7:59:46 PM

LOL you probably don't need to utilize all the fan slots on the CM Stacker. The side panel fan which sits on top of the CPU area probably will interfere with a large aftermarket HSF. I had to remove one of the 120mm fan for the 9700 Zalman. You'd want a fan on top and one or two on the bottom side panel for GPU as intake fans to draw in cool air. There's already one with HDD cage and back. Using all 4 side fans may interfere with air flow (Madshrimp or VR-zone had an article on this i believe).

It is a solid case. but I wish it had a better way to take off the sides and they don't feel so cheap.
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