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June 8, 2010 5:28:18 PM

Also here is the case I have selected, http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

give me any opinions, please that is why I am here, anything I am doing is up for change, trying to make a computer to play non-fps games, I play MMOs, RTS games, will do video and audio converting, nothing major though.
June 8, 2010 5:28:52 PM

XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W XXX Edition Modular Power Supply

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

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Thermaltake Toughpower XT 650-Watt ATX 2.3 Power Supply

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Now, just wondering what people's opinions are between these two. I am trying to set up a computer for $1000, either one will be fine for suppling the power, using a core i5 quad, XFX 5770, and a EVGA P55 mobo.

I've never had a modular power supply before and just wondering if it really is that helpful for cooling and organizational reasoning.
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June 8, 2010 6:05:14 PM

Either is much more power than you would need for those specs, plenty of room for upgrades.
With proper wire management , modular isn't really neccessary.

CWT ( Thermaltake ) has gotten much better, but I still prefer Seasonic ( XFX ).
Only problem for me is that the CAG9 is butt ugly, they do make a CAH9 that, to me, is more pleasant to the eye
http://www.amazon.com/Xfx-650-Watt-Xxx-Grey/dp/B003DAJT...
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June 8, 2010 6:57:38 PM

Here you have some good options from the same store:

Corsair TX750W 750W (by CWT)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


Silverstone Decathlon DA700 700W (by Impervio)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

The XFX Black edition 650W is not a bad unit, but it doesn't run quiet enough and the +5V rail has problems providing a stable voltage.

The Silverstone Decathlon DA700 would be my recommendation. It has a full modular cabling system, very good noise/ripple supression, good efficiency and excellent voltage stability. This power supply provides a single +12V output that is rated for up to 58A (696W). It also has four PCI-E 6-Pins connector and another one (6+2)-Pin PCI-E connector and it's CrossFire certified.

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June 8, 2010 6:59:07 PM

delluser1 said:
Either is much more power than you would need for those specs, plenty of room for upgrades.
With proper wire management , modular isn't really neccessary.

CWT ( Thermaltake ) has gotten much better, but I still prefer Seasonic ( XFX ).
Only problem for me is that the CAG9 is butt ugly, they do make a CAH9 that, to me, is more pleasant to the eye
http://www.amazon.com/Xfx-650-Watt-Xxx-Grey/dp/B003DAJT...

I do like the one you recommended because I already have a PC tool kit I got off tiger direct awhile back.
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June 8, 2010 7:06:38 PM

Quick question, because I have only owned power supplies with front or rear fans, how will I know if will line up correctly in my case that needs a bottom mounted power supply?
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June 8, 2010 7:11:00 PM

The XFX unit is a good one if you can get aside the odd looking fan.. However for a 650 watt requirement, i'd recommend the seasonic x-650..
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June 8, 2010 7:12:12 PM

silvernova0 said:
Quick question, because I have only owned power supplies with front or rear fans, how will I know if will line up correctly in my case that needs a bottom mounted power supply?

The mounting holes on the psu are configured the same as any other ATX psu.
Your case choice will allow you to mount the psu either fan up or down depending on your preference.
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June 8, 2010 7:18:07 PM

delluser1 said:
The mounting holes on the psu are configured the same as any other ATX psu.
Your case choice will allow you to mount the psu either fan up or down depending on your preference.


Thanks a ton, that is one thing that had me worrying a good bit.
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June 8, 2010 7:30:36 PM

So think 650 is too much overkill? I don't mind getting something smaller and cheaper, just would like to have room to run SLI/CrossfireX in the future.
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June 8, 2010 7:36:28 PM

silvernova0 said:
So think 650 is too much overkill? I don't mind getting something smaller and cheaper, just would like to have room to run SLI/CrossfireX in the future.

Stick with the 650w
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June 8, 2010 8:37:49 PM

Love your choice of case (HAF 922) - the HAF 932 is also a great case, but larger and heavier, and will accommodate eATX boards in addition to ATX and microATX.
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June 8, 2010 10:50:53 PM

Best answer selected by silvernova0.
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June 8, 2010 11:21:39 PM

650 watt power supplies. For comparison purposes , the list below contains performance ratings (10 scale) at jonnyguru.com / prices as per newegg on 02/26/2010 and ones w/ double asteris (**) made it onto silentpcreview.com's Editor's Choice List:

Note: Just because you see a brand name on this list, never make the assumption that their other lines are of matching quality. Silverstone for example has other models w/ 6.0 and 7.0 ratings.

Antec Signature 650W (10.0) OOS **
Seasonic X-650 650W (10.0) $160 **
Silverstone Olympia OP650 (10.0) NFS

Thermaltake Toughpower QFan 650W (9.5) NLA

Antec Earthwatts EA650 650W (9.0) $75

Antec True Power Trio 650W (7.5) NLA

XFX XPS 650W XXX Edition Power Supply (7.0) NFS

Antec NeoPower Blue 650W (6.5) NLA

BFG BFGR650PSU 650W (6.0) NLA

NorthQ Black Magic Flex 650W PSU (5.0) NFS

NFS - Not For Sale / NLA = No Longer Available / OOS - Out of Stock
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June 10, 2010 5:54:56 PM

Well...that should've been the best choice....I found the silverstone olympia on tigerdirect and it is the same price as the thermaltake toughpower x.x, but the toughpower requires a rebate to get to that price, wonder what the difference is between a 9.5 and a 10.
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