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January 8, 2009 3:07:43 PM

Hello, i have a question, i have this pc hardware: MoBo Asus P5KE-Wifi Ap, CPU Intel E6600 2.4, GPU Evga 8800 GTS 640MB, 2 gb OCZ Platinum edition Ram, case Xg Viper...

Have some problems with 2 power supplys, i think that the quality was not very good, a friend recommend me to write to you for advice... so here i am..

i got on my mind buy a Thermaltake Tr2 470 Watt W0090Ru, what do you think?

Please help... if you want to contact me my email is paz.javier@live.com, and excuse my english, im from venezuela.! THX for the help
January 8, 2009 4:39:38 PM

Any other brands available there? The Thermaltake 470 is probably not enough.
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January 8, 2009 5:17:52 PM

The Thermaltake is okay, but barely, you could do better in my opinion. Seasonic, Corsair, PC Power all have good reviews in general. Look for 80+ cert and a good 12volt rail/s ( 30+ amps total min), and between 450-650 watt range when picking out a powersupply for your current system. I would go with a 500 watt or more and 600 + if you are thinking about SLI in the future. Your 8800 GTS wants a powersupply with 26 amps min. That means the 29 amps on the Thermaltake you selected doesn't have much headroom there. I would like to see 35+ amps on the 12 volt rail at min to be safe.

Here are a few poweresupplies in the same price range:

PC Power & Cooling (12 volt 35 amps)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seasonic USA (12 volt 34 amps)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Memory Inc (12 volt 41 amps)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Oh, and by the way, your english is better than you think. Only minor things like have/had recommend/recommended
January 8, 2009 6:46:36 PM

Newegg probably out of the question: "im from venezuela." THats why I asked what he had available locally.
January 8, 2009 7:44:24 PM

I was using newegg for more of a source of easy information. Your are probably right about not having access for buying purposes.

Quote:
a friend recommend me to write to you for advice... so here i am..



The advice part is pretty open ended... that's why I mentioned several brands, and gave additional information on what to look for in a powersupply for his system.


January 8, 2009 8:13:15 PM

I've had good experiences with Antec. I have an Antec NeoPower 650 and in my other two PC's, I have Antec Truepower Trio 550's.

It's better to have more power than you actually need. Seasonic makes the NeoPower 650 and it's been reliable this past year. Here's the NeoPower 650 blue:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The blue version wasn't out when I built my PC, so I have the older non LED version. It might have been too much with the Antec Nine Hundred case anyways!

To the OP, there are few manufacturer's of power supplies but many brand names. Getting 80 plus is good as is trying to find out who makes the PSU you're actually buying.

I've gone to Jonny Guru for PSU information in the past:

http://www.jonnyguru.com/

Here's their review of my current PSU:

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

I bought mine based upon Anandtech's review, but though Jonny Guru only gave it a 7.5 out of 10, it's been a good model, built by Seasonic.

Just never open your PSU like they do. They know what they're doing. There are no user serviceable parts in a PSU.

My general question for the thread:

I'm considering upgrading to 750 or 850 watts just before upgrading to a Phenom II 920 or 940 (haven't decided which) and a 4850x2 or a 4870 1 gig (haven't decided which is best for 1920 x 1080 gaming on an Acer H213H 20.5 LCD)

I'll use the same motherboard as it has a bios that supports Phenom II

Here are my two choices at Newegg:

750 watt Corsair for $124 or 850 watt for $139

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


850 watt Antec TPQ bronze certified:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just not sure if bronze certified makes any difference. Does anyone think I don't need to upgrade the PSU? I'll play "musical PSU's" and move the 650 NeoPower to the next PC down and retire the oldest (by a year) 550 watt Truepower as an emergency backup if I do upgrade.
January 8, 2009 10:34:19 PM

yipsl, I think your Antec NeoPower 650 will do the job.
January 8, 2009 10:41:55 PM

yeah i know, but.... here the best you can get for the money is thermaltake, theres no good stores here in venezuela where you can find these stuff... but.. thx anyway guys...
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