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January 22, 2008 11:31:44 AM

Hello, I am planning to upgrade my PC, (new mb, cpu ram and GFX once nvidia release next) and my 500W enermax PSU is not enough sometimes as my powes consumption peak time from time quite over 500W.
I want at least 700+W high proficiency PSU with low noise as it will run in my room 24/7 and price is on last place for me.
(modular system would be also great)

What will be in my system
  • mainboard (was decided for Asus P5E WS Professional but x38 chipset is problem :(  )
  • Quadcore CPU (still not decided on brand as x38 can cause my raid controler not boot due errata in x38 and older chipset don't meet my requirements)
  • 8GB DDR II
  • Analog/Digital capture card (not decided yet but it will wait few months)
  • 8800GTX
  • Adaptec 12 port SAS RAID controler
  • 2x 138GB SAS 15k rpm drives
  • 10x SATA hdd various sizes
  • SB X-FI Fatal1ty

    Thx for anny idea for what PSU i should get.

    PS: bold is what i need to get others i already have
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    January 25, 2008 11:43:53 AM

    Non-sense. X38 is the best overclocker out now. X48 is being delayed to who-knows-when.

    ASUS P5E for DDR2. Period.

    Go with Q6600. Yorkfield is being delayed.

    Go with good ram such as Ballistix, Firestix, G.Skill HZ, etc. if you want to overclock very high.

    As for PSU:

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=10...

    The rest are great.
    January 25, 2008 12:14:06 PM

    Best 700W+ PSU? Enermax Galaxy makes some fantastic ones, but I have personal experience with the PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 (see sig). It's a fantastic PSU w/ plenty of connections and it's completely silent in my case.

    Other comments:
    Quote:
    Non-sense. X38 is the best overclocker out now. X48 is being delayed to who-knows-when.

    ASUS P5E for DDR2. Period.

    Agreed, it sucks that the X48 is being delayed for the sole reason that they want to sell all the X38's. I wish they would have just dropped the X38 price instead. : /

    I would not go with 8GB of RAM. Unless you're hosting an SQL database and other server software for hundreds of users, you'll never make use of more than half of that.
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    January 25, 2008 12:25:13 PM

    PC Power 750 Quad. Cool, quiet powerful
    January 25, 2008 1:06:53 PM

    In order of cost, and Tier 2+:

    SILVERSTONE SST-ST75ZF
    OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI
    FSP Group FX700-GLN
    SILVERSTONE ST85ZF
    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX
    XCLIO GREATPOWER X14S4P4 700W
    SILVERSTONE OP700
    XCLIO GREATPOWER X14S4P4 750W
    OCZ EvoStream OCZ720EVOSLI
    SILVERSTONE ST75F
    SILVERSTONE DA700
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad
    SILVERSTONE OP800
    ENERMAX INFINITI 720W
    Silverstone M12 & S12 models
    January 25, 2008 1:19:58 PM

    cardio said:
    PC Power 750 Quad. Cool, quiet powerful

    From all I read, this is one of the best power supplies out there!
    January 25, 2008 2:21:39 PM

    I just got this guy 2 days ago and it is great:

    OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI

    Can't beat 100$ (after rebates)
    January 25, 2008 3:12:41 PM

    If you want a good power supply, go with the PC Power and Cooling. I've heard nothing but good things about it.

    If you're wanting something modular, I'm looking at the Thermaltake Toughpower 700W myself. It's $109 after rebate on Newegg right now.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    January 25, 2008 3:43:27 PM

    since someone mentioned modular, are the ultra modulars any good?
    January 25, 2008 3:55:22 PM

    Why 8 gig of ram?
    64 bit Windows Vista Ultimate?
    Even 8GB will not make Vista run any better.
    PCPower 750 Quad Silencer and the Q6600 is what I have.
    Runs XP Pro great and Vista OK
    January 25, 2008 4:07:18 PM

    I would recommend the Corsair TX750 or the PCP&C Silencer 750. I'd probably choose the Corsair but either way you will never have to upgrade for the rest of your system's life.
    January 25, 2008 4:20:46 PM

    homerdog said:
    I would recommend the Corsair TX750 or the PCP&C Silencer 750. I'd probably choose the Corsair but either way you will never have to upgrade for the rest of your system's life.


    The Corsair was on sale for $119 at BUY.com last I looked.
    January 25, 2008 5:29:42 PM

    I'm with chedrz on the Thermaltake Toughpower 700wt. After reading reviews of the PC P&C 750wt Silencer and the TT Toughpower 750wt at Jonnyguru, I chose the TT Toughower. I like the idea of a quieter fan and when it came to performance, Jonny rated the Toughpower a full point better. He downgraded the Toughpower on its looks, but since I don't ever look at a PSU unless I'm cleaning out the case, I could care less about its looks. This isn't to say that the PC P&C is bad, only that for my useage, I thought the Toughpower was better.

    And yes, now that I've used a modular PSU, I like the idea of only using the cables you need much better than having unused cables twisted up inside the case doing nothing but making a mess and possibly restricting airflow.
    January 25, 2008 6:12:47 PM

    Agreed, modular is nice. PC Power and Cooling will say otherwise, but in my opinion the pros outweigh the supposed cons.
    January 25, 2008 6:31:12 PM

    I recently bought the Thermaltake 700w modular, it has a nice big fan, which is barely audible in a quiet room.
    I had narrowed my choices to two PSU at the time, the SeaSonic, and the Thermaltake, and the Thermatake happened to be on sale at the time so i bought it, and it turned out to be a good decision i am very happy with it.
    I recommend it, two thumbs up:D 

    Also for the mobo go with the Asus p5e3 deluxe wifi@ap, and get just 4GB of OCZ Platinum DDR3 pc10666, Newegg is out of stock atm so goto atacom and get it, here is the link http://atacom.com/program/print_html_new.cgi?cart_id=8157958_70_249_229_241&Pagecode=SEARCH_ALL&Item_code=MED3_OCZT_A0_BP&USER_ID=www

    As far as the raid controller goes, dump it and buy two or three 1TB drives depending on what RAID mode you are using to replace the older drives, and use the onboard RAID, and sell your smaller SATA drives on ebay.

    Enjoy.
    January 25, 2008 7:12:22 PM

    Newegg has a sale on Corsair XMS2 DDR-800 2GB set for $24 USD and free shipping.
    They also have the PC Power & Cooling 610 (constant load rated 49Amps on 12Volt sngl rail) for $109 USD and free shipping.

    I also ran across an ATI HD 3870 on another site shipped for $232 USD.

    Fry's has walk in prices for Seagate 7200.11/WD/Maxtor 500GB HD's on sale each month for $89 USD.
    January 25, 2008 8:04:50 PM

    My opinion is you cant go wrong with either company. It's all a matter of preference. the only way you could go wrong is el'cheapo parts or buying from a shady reseller. My advice as always-go with newegg and you'll never be sorry.
    January 25, 2008 9:00:04 PM

    xrodney said:
    Hello, I am planning to upgrade my PC, (new mb, cpu ram and GFX once nvidia release next) and my 500W enermax PSU is not enough sometimes as my powes consumption peak time from time quite over 500W.
    I want at least 700+W high proficiency PSU with low noise as it will run in my room 24/7 and price is on last place for me.
    (modular system would be also great)

    What will be in my system
  • mainboard (was decided for Asus P5E WS Professional but x38 chipset is problem :(  )
  • Quadcore CPU (still not decided on brand as x38 can cause my raid controler not boot due errata in x38 and older chipset don't meet my requirements)
  • 8GB DDR II
  • Analog/Digital capture card (not decided yet but it will wait few months)
  • 8800GTX
  • Adaptec 12 port SAS RAID controler
  • 2x 138GB SAS 15k rpm drives
  • 10x SATA hdd various sizes
  • SB X-FI Fatal1ty

    Thx for anny idea for what PSU i should get.

    PS: bold is what i need to get others i already have


  • www.jonnyguru.com is a good PSU review site.
    January 25, 2008 11:41:15 PM

    sailer said:
    I read that review this morning and thought it was great. It turned the X48 from an extremely expensive idea with DDR3 to a reasonable one by using DDR2.

    That was a great review, but the feature that they focused on (MCH Read Delay) didn't really have anything to do with the fact that it was an X48 board. The tRD tweaking options that the board has could just as easily be available on any other non-X48 board.

    That being said, X48 is indeed another great chipset from Intel. It may only be a marginal improvement over X38, which is only slightly better than P35, but when P35 sets the bar so high it's hard to complain.
    January 26, 2008 12:00:40 AM

    Perhaps I should have specified that the great part was the idea of using DDR2 on this chipset. That one change makes the use of this board far cheaper in cost. Since I am venturing form using an AMD PCU to using an Intel One, a X48 with DDR2 makes sense to me. If I already had a P35, then the expense of upgrading wouldn't be as worthwhile, in my opinion.
    January 26, 2008 10:38:49 AM

    croc, did you read through my post? I said out now. X48 is not out now. Got it?

    I don't know if any of you know X48 is being delayed, thanks to maybe ASUS.
    January 26, 2008 3:13:37 PM

    sailer said:
    Perhaps I should have specified that the great part was the idea of using DDR2 on this chipset. That one change makes the use of this board far cheaper in cost. Since I am venturing form using an AMD PCU to using an Intel One, a X48 with DDR2 makes sense to me. If I already had a P35, then the expense of upgrading wouldn't be as worthwhile, in my opinion.

    I think I'll hold off until DDR3 is mainstream. I learned my lesson when I bought my 939 system a month before AM2 came out and killed my upgrade path. Granted, it'll be much more than a month until DDR3 is affordable, but I'm in no rush.

    Edit: But for someone looking to upgrade right now I agree that DDR2 is a far more practical choice.
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