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October 21, 2009 3:45:31 PM

Hey,

I got Dual Core Processor and nVidia GeForce GTX 260 (just one, NO SLI)
and as PSU I want to buy FORTRON OEM BLACK POWER 550.

It has all connectors I need, I found that out, but what I want to ask you is, if this PSU is efficient and are Fortrons good PSU in general ???
Its gonna be efficient enough for my build wont it ?

Thanks for your answers =)

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a b ) Power supply
October 21, 2009 4:06:26 PM

fortron is part of fsp i believe, not a quality brand
a c 248 ) Power supply
October 21, 2009 4:17:46 PM

^5 +1 what obsidian86 said. Fortron isn't known for high quality power supplies.

The general rule of thumb is a high quality 500 to 550 watt power supply with sufficient current (amps) on the 12 volt rail(s) can easily power a system with any single video card made. A high quality 700 to 750 watt power supply with sufficient current (amps) on the 12 volt rail(s) can power a system with two video cards operating in dual mode. There are a few exceptions like the new ATI Radeon HD 5XXX series cards which use less power due to their energy efficiency.

Before purchasing a new psu you will need to decide whether you will eventually have a pc with one or two video cards.

Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, and Seasonic are some of the brands that have a reputation for high quality power supplies that consistently earn high marks in technical reviews. They are reliable, stable, and come with a 5 year warranty. Lately we've been seeing a few other brands offering some high quality units.
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October 21, 2009 4:23:22 PM

I will have only one Graphic card for sure ...
October 21, 2009 4:27:45 PM

The main thing we need to know .. is how many AMPS are available using that PSU? Depending on the AMP output of the power supply, you may or may not be able to run the 260.

They say you need at least 38 total AMPS to run the card. I think that's a conservative estimate but it would be a good idea to have at least a 40 AMP PSU. The WATTAGE is there, for sure. That's a non-issue. So look and see how many total AMPS it's putting out. Should be on a sticker on the side of the unit.
October 21, 2009 4:28:47 PM

And what about CORSAIR Power Supply HX520 ??

Is this one more efficient ?

(with only one graphic card)
October 21, 2009 4:48:42 PM

Maybe Im stupid or blind xD but its really hard for me to find those AMPs for these PSUs ...
but in one review I found that this CORSAIR Power Supply HX520 has 40A ...

so CORSAIR should be much better than that Fortron right ?

I red really good reviews on that Corsair that ended with words Great job, Corsair.

Here is the review:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article692-page1.html

So it cheered me up =D
a c 248 ) Power supply
October 21, 2009 4:56:25 PM

Corsair is an excellent choice. They have a reputation for high quality power supplies. As you already found found out they earn high marks in technical reviews. They also come with a 5 year warranty.

The HX520 can easily power your system.
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