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Antec EarthWatts 430W or OCZ StealthXStream 500W?

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April 30, 2008 12:14:24 AM

Tight budget but want a PSU that can be used to overclock my E8400 and also support my 8800GT vid card. Here is what Im looking at:

Antec Earthwatts 430W Power Supply ATX12V V2.0 20/24PIN Active PFC 80PLUS 80MM Fan $58
Only 430 watts.. is this enough because its an energy efficient unit? Its stats are surprisingly good and I heard another person say they used this on their gaming rig. "The Earthwatts has 34 Amps on the 12V rails" is that good?
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=24128

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OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS ATX12V / EPS12V 500W Power Supply 100 - 240 V $50
Is this reliable enough of a PSU? 500w enough? New egg says I need only 438W.. and 2 sata connectors worries me.]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341012&Tpk=OCZ500SXS

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April 30, 2008 12:55:20 PM

Of the two options you listed I'd go with the Antec 430. Should be plenty of power for what you listed.
I saw a different price on NCIX $72.89. If that's the price you're looking at maybe the Corsair 450VX $70 after $15 mail in rebate is another good option.
I think the OCZ would be an OK choice if your budget is really tight. You can get around the 2 Sata connector problem using some molex to sata adapaters.
It's not so pretty but works good and they're cheap.
April 30, 2008 5:26:12 PM

new egg exagerate the power usage quite alot, but the 8800gt is quite a drinker.

would go with the OCZ unit. altough i would want to run your unit on less than 500 but ideally 600w to allow for future upgrade and the fact that it will raely peak.
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April 30, 2008 5:26:22 PM

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April 30, 2008 5:27:42 PM

Thank you for the input. I just placed my order with the OCZ before I read your reply tho ; )

I think the OCZ should do the work though. I kinda wish I went with the earthwatts cause it sounds very reliable but is it enough power?
April 30, 2008 5:41:31 PM

You are not "settling" with the OCZ unit. I have the 600 watt, and it is excellent. See the tiered listing: http://www.tomswiki.com/page/Tiered+PSU+Listings?t=anon

Note that the StealthExtreme is a less featured version of the GameExtreme.

There are some pretty glowing reviews of the StealthExtreme power supplies--so be confident in your decision...
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/451/10
http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews.php?/power_supply/oc...
April 30, 2008 6:58:30 PM

husky mctarflash said:
You are not "settling" with the OCZ unit. I have the 600 watt, and it is excellent. See the tiered listing: http://www.tomswiki.com/page/Tiered+PSU+Listings?t=anon

Note that the StealthExtreme is a less featured version of the GameExtreme.

There are some pretty glowing reviews of the StealthExtreme power supplies--so be confident in your decision...
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/451/10
http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews.php?/power_supply/oc...



THANK YOU SO MUCH HUSKY! I was really thinking about calling NCIX and trying to change my order (which isnt easy once placed). Thank you for taking the time to find those reviews too!
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