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Raidmax Smilodon is psu any good

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April 24, 2008 12:05:31 PM

it the gaming case with a 500 watt ps no name on it.case and ps both for $100.think it will handle 6400 and two 3850 cards. or should i buy better ps.



6400 @3300mhz
k9n neo v2/v3
3850
160-hd
7-fan
dvd
2-gid ram
will get new mb &1 more 3850
April 24, 2008 12:20:06 PM

Your PSU is the heart of your system. You should buy a case without a PSU and get a good brand PSU. A crappy PSU can destroy your entire investment:

Top Tier PSU:
http://www.tomswiki.com/page/Tiered+PSU+Listings?t=anon

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

http://www.jonnyguru.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1460

Silent PSUs
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article699-page1.html

AMD Certified PSUs (Single+Crossfire):
http://ati.amd.com/online/certifiedpsu/index.html

Certified SLI-Ready Power Supplies
http://www.slizone.com/object/slizone_build_psu.html
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April 24, 2008 12:57:24 PM

ausch30 said:
The PSU that comes with that case is the RS-500S, read the reviews.


Haha!

I've never seen anything with so many appalling reviews!
a c 105 ) Power supply
a b 4 Gaming
April 24, 2008 4:27:51 PM

I wouldn't trust it with any load, and certainly not a pair of HD3000-series graphics cards. Use evongugg's links.
June 21, 2008 11:50:19 PM

I've been looking at that same case for my first build and was wondering if the psu would handle a core 2 duo e7200 and 8600gt?

My plan:

E7200 w/ Arctic Cooling freezer 7 pro

Seagate 500gb hd

2gb ddr2 @1066

XFX 8600gt @ 680/1600

Asus dvd-rw

Gigabyte GA-P35-S3g mobo

Raidmax Smilodon case w/ 500w psu

Vista home premium 64-bit

All from newegg for under $700
June 22, 2008 3:45:35 AM

The case is good, has a decent layout for the most part for the price and it's fairly sturdy. And if you're not using a huge HSF the swing out and removable mobo side door/tray is quite handy. You can get the case without a PSU, which is what I recommend. Will cost more, but would be better to put a good quality PSU in the case. Only other thing I'd recommend is replacing the 120mm fans that come with the case, with some good quiet Noctua or S-Flex fans, or even some Yate Loons.
June 22, 2008 6:48:23 AM

I'm thinking of buying the Smilodon case too,
but I'm not sure of buying it ,
I'm still thinking over this case and the antec 900 .
June 22, 2008 11:30:52 PM

Thanks, but there's like no difference in price between w/ psu and w/o. I guess I'll get it w/ psu and won't be too p'd off if the psu dies. Just buy a new one. One last question, is the rear fan 80mm or 120mm? I've heard both.
June 22, 2008 11:36:20 PM

john6192 said:
Thanks, but there's like no difference in price between w/ psu and w/o. I guess I'll get it w/ psu and won't be too p'd off if the psu dies. Just buy a new one. One last question, is the rear fan 80mm or 120mm? I've heard both.

120mm fans don't fit on rear. Not enough surface area. They're only on the broad underside of psus as intake fans.
June 23, 2008 1:01:20 AM

There's another version of the smilodon with a 530w modular led psu, anyone have any info on that psu?
June 23, 2008 1:07:49 AM

john6192 said:
Thanks, but there's like no difference in price between w/ psu and w/o. I guess I'll get it w/ psu and won't be too p'd off if the psu dies. Just buy a new one. One last question, is the rear fan 80mm or 120mm? I've heard both.


There is a reason there isn't a difference in price. Just hope that when it goes it doesn't take anything else with it.
June 23, 2008 5:33:28 AM

john6192 said:
Thanks, but there's like no difference in price between w/ psu and w/o. I guess I'll get it w/ psu and won't be too p'd off if the psu dies. Just buy a new one. One last question, is the rear fan 80mm or 120mm? I've heard both.


The Extreme black version that I got without the PSU, has 1x 120mm intake fan, you'd have to remove the front bezel to change that one. And 1x 120mm rear exhaust fan, that one sits in a good location right behind the CPU/PWM area on most mainboards. By default it will also have an 80mm green LED fan on the side panel above the PWM of most mainboards, watch for cpu HSF clearance with this one, though my ZeroTherm Nirvana which is huge fits just barely, so most others shouldn't be an issue.. It will also have another 80mm fan that is in a bracket on the inside of that Dirktooth bar thing, that one can blow are on, or pull air off of the are where your video card would normally be, good for situations with single slot cooler video cards. Though if you don't like the looks of it, the bar thing can be removed. There is also a bracket on the mobo side of the case that can be used for a little extra intake of or exhaust near the front of the case. If you need me to, I can take a couple pics and show you what it looks like with hardware installed. If you go through newegg, even though it costs like $80 you might be able to catch a decent rebate on it, think I only paid like 40 for mine after rebate.

About the ONLY Raidmaxx PSU I'd recommend would be the RX-700-SS. And thats only because the one I have myself hasn't given me any problems, and powers the 9850be and HD3870 just fine. Could probably get away with a second 3870, or a 4850.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or this one, somehow managed to get 8800gts SLI certified, so gotta have something going for it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Otherwise i'd get a good quality PSU from Corsair or PCP&C.
June 23, 2008 6:18:46 AM

just get corsair
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