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which is the best power supply for my new build

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January 6, 2008 5:05:51 PM

ill be putting in a e6550, p35 ds3l, antec 900 case, 4 harddrives, and 2 optical drives

i cant decide between the

game x stream 600 w

corsair 520hx watt

enermax liberty 500 watt

their all tier 2 power supplies, but which one is the best, and do you think i need a modular designed one for my bottom mounting antec 900 case

thankyou for your help

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January 6, 2008 5:44:38 PM

Corsair HX520 is your best bet, it 40 amps combined on the +12v rails and is modular, which is very convenient for keeping cable mess down in your case.
January 6, 2008 6:46:38 PM

do you think ill need more then 520 watts with all that stuff hooked up?
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January 6, 2008 8:35:17 PM

For an Antec 900 a modular power supply is almost necessary. It is fairly cramped and you will have no where to put the extra wires.
January 6, 2008 9:03:19 PM

Well, what type graphics card do you have? Those suck tons of power. You should be fine with the corsair as long as you don't have a GTX or something like that for GFX
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January 6, 2008 9:15:56 PM

The Corsair 520 would be fine even with an 8800 GTX.
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January 6, 2008 9:33:24 PM

^Agreed. Its one of the best PSUs (Corsair 520HX)
January 6, 2008 9:42:48 PM

ill be using either a 8800gt or 8800gts g92 if the price is right
January 6, 2008 11:08:20 PM

The 520HX is great and all you'll need
January 7, 2008 12:28:48 AM

hmm well according to that thing i need 535 watts, you think a 520 will handle that? and maybe a future upgrade of a quad core will come once the price is right
January 7, 2008 12:31:00 AM

do powersupply prices ever really drop when new models or higher wattage ones come out, i mean the 620 hx is only 120, u think its worth it?
January 7, 2008 12:57:32 AM

Did you do it right. When I did your setup I got 345
January 7, 2008 1:08:41 AM

i got lots of add-on cards and controllers
January 7, 2008 1:10:36 AM

n fans and other powerconsuming crap
January 7, 2008 1:12:42 AM

illl try it again
January 7, 2008 1:25:54 AM

The power supply calculator in general goes over what you need. You should be fine with a 520W PSU, but if you think you might upgrade to something more power consuming in the future the HX620 would make sense.
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January 7, 2008 1:48:36 AM

I'd get the Silencer 610W from newegg. It's $127 including shipping and better than those 3.
January 7, 2008 2:13:29 AM

The PCP&C Silencer is manufactured by SeaSonic, same as the Corsair HX series power supplies are. The Silencers are not modular, which can be a pain trying to hide cables.
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January 7, 2008 2:36:18 AM

Very true. But the pain will pass once you're done hiding the cables, and you get more juice for lots of "powerconsuming crap". :) 

Edit: the 620HX gets great reviews too, but it's kind of expensive.

January 7, 2008 2:50:43 AM

The Silencer actually has LESS power on the +12v, only by one amp, so you really aren't getting more power. Considering the internals are SeaSonic based in both, the Silencer doesn't really offer more other then being a few dollars cheaper(once you take the Corsair's rebate into account).
January 7, 2008 5:59:07 AM

Always get more power than you require, because its better to have more power than you need than not to have enough power at all.
January 7, 2008 7:26:36 PM

well, ill be upgrading to a quad once the prices drop a lil so my consumption will go up and the hx620 is only 119 after rebate, not to bad if you ask me, plus its modular
January 7, 2008 7:37:28 PM

modular is great. It really helps in the Antec 900 with its limited space. I have 5 cables (CPU, 24 pin, PCI-E, SATA, molex) and theyre all hidden behind the case.

I could not imagine if you had all the cables coming out of it.

The HX's are great, and dead silent. If you can push the 620, why not. I got the 520 because it was $75 with rebate and too good to pass up.
January 7, 2008 9:47:07 PM

lol clubit has them for much less
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January 7, 2008 10:41:49 PM

monste4321 said:
lol clubit has them for much less

Add Clubit's $9 shipping charge and they are almost the same price, the 620 at actually end's up $1 cheaper.
January 7, 2008 10:45:24 PM

ill be ordering more then 1, building 2 identical comps, then you get cheaper shipping plus ill be ordering other stuff along with that
January 7, 2008 10:45:48 PM

they guarentee go stepping so im getting processors from them to
January 8, 2008 2:31:53 AM

does a 45 nm quad core use more or less wattage then a 65nm dual core? anyone know exactly how much the new ones use?
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January 8, 2008 11:36:31 AM

monste4321 said:
ill be ordering more then 1, building 2 identical comps, then you get cheaper shipping plus ill be ordering other stuff along with that

Then you'll save some money, but it won't be "much less".