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Confused onto which PSU to buy please help!!

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August 30, 2009 5:30:58 PM

Hi everybody, recently I just got my Arctic power 700watt PSU from ebuyer

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/124927

it looked really attractive when I was buying it and it was at a good price range as well.

However when I was building my computer I found out it only had 1x PCI express connector when my GPU needed 2. The website also says it comes with 6x 4pin molex connectors, however it only came with 3 which is a shame as if I use the PCIexpress adapters which came with the GPU vender it takes up 4 molex connections and then there is nothing left for the fan, optical drive etc.

I also wanted to ask if anybody could recommend me a good PSU my budget = 65 pounds MAX.

I have looked at and researched some PSU which I think are good.

Antec EarthWatts 650W PSU : http://www.ebuyer.com/product/141006
OCZ Stealth XStream 600W PSU : http://www.ebuyer.com/product/127861

What I am worried about is if I buy one of these 2 PSU preferabaly the OCZ one as it has sleved cables and its cheaper will it be enough to power my build. My hardware is:

ASUS P5QL/EPU iP43 Socket 775 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 Socket 775 2.66GHz 1333FSB 6MB Cache
Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 1066MHz/PC2-8500 HyperX Memory CL5 2.2V
Samsung EcoGreen F2 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 32MB Cache - OEM
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 260 896MB ( 216 core )

PLEASE HELP ME OUT!! I need to send back hdd anyway as I have ordered the wrong one its 5400 rpm instead of 7200 rpm :( 


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a c 144 ) Power supply
August 30, 2009 6:35:42 PM

Of the two choices, I would buy the Antec.
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August 30, 2009 7:40:43 PM

no to that, a 700w should have around 55A on the 12v rails where that one says it has 40A (which is probably not true)
August 30, 2009 7:44:42 PM

Don't get that, It's a crappy no-name PSU.
a c 246 ) Power supply
August 30, 2009 8:32:30 PM

You are only using a single graphic card with your system. I checked a few references. The card does not use much power. The rest of your system does not use much power either. The video card will use somewhere around 140 watts at load and the entire system including the video card will use well under 300 watts and less than 17 amps on the 12 volt rail(s) at load.

A high quality 500 to 550 watt power supply such as those made by Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, and Seasonic can easily handle your system without any problems.

If you are on a budget an alternative choice would be the Antec Earthwatts EA 500. It comes with two PCIe 6 pin connectors. Here is a link to a technical review of the EA 500:

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
a b ) Power supply
August 31, 2009 12:01:58 AM

^Agreed. If planing to upgrade, go EA650 (the Antec one).
August 31, 2009 10:29:32 AM

alright, but the antec PSU is quite expensive its the 650W I am ralking about and it only comes with 1 6pin PCI express. What do you guys think about the OCZ one, sleved cables and 2 PCI connetions. I really think I should go with 600W + as I want to be upgrade proff for some time in the future and buying neck to neck stuff is not god I beleive.
August 31, 2009 12:01:11 PM

See if you can get Corsair TX650. It's reliable and slightly cheaper than Earthwatts (or at least that's the case in Australia).
August 31, 2009 12:41:00 PM

man its really expensive here around 97 pounds, I might buy the OCZ one. Its a big name and comes with 3 year hot swap warrently aswell, so the product has to be good. I would buy the antec one but it only has 1 PCI express. Cn anybody else suggest me a better PSU which is around 60 pounds.

Thanks everyone
August 31, 2009 2:50:32 PM

Check out SilverStone's Strider's series. Both ST56F and ST60F are solid choices. You may even consider ST50F if your PC is not too power hungry.
June 24, 2011 12:12:26 AM

Corsair Builder Series v2 is very good (non modular) just got one its very quiet under load.