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April 7, 2010 12:34:22 AM

Looking for a sanity check here.

I'm planning a build for May-June, and I just bought a Thermaltake Spedo Advance as it's one of the few full towers with most of the features I'm interested in, and it recently went on sale for $180 - $25 MIR + free shipping.

XFX Black Edition 850 W 80+ Silver Active PFC is currently $150 + $6 shipping, which appears to be anywhere from $30-$50 off the usual price. Should I go ahead and buy it now? I do have another computer I can throw in the case just to make sure the XFX BE isn't DOA if I go ahead and buy the PSU.

Waiting isn't a big deal, and I'm also considering the Corsair 850 HX, the price on the XFX just looked super good.
April 7, 2010 1:02:52 AM

I see no issues with your reasoning. You have a way to verify it is good, which is your biggest concern with buying early. It is a good deal & a good PSU, so go for it :D 

Why will you need a 850w PSU? Planning on a highend dual GPU setup with OCing?
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April 7, 2010 1:03:03 AM

That PSU gets a grate review. Other then taking a 2 to 3 month hit on your warranty, i don't see why not. http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Some other good PSU

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

Corsair http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 7, 2010 1:29:21 AM

Total budget is somewhere in the neighborhood of $2k for what is primarily a gaming rig with some VM experimentation and some Photoshop etc., so the plan is 1366 and either 5870 or 5970 to start, with CrossFire in the future. Targeting 850 W to make sure I have the overhead for dual graphics cards when it comes time.
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April 7, 2010 1:43:05 AM

You are safe with a 850w, specially if you get a dual setup of 5970 with your build. Have you confirmed the 5970 (dual setup) will fit in the Spedo??
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April 7, 2010 2:57:15 AM

Conflicting information, but it sounds like it fits if you either remove the lower drive cage or the adjustable fan bar. I figure I'll measure once I get the case just to make sure. Not entirely certain I'm going with a 5970 yet anyway, but it's always nice to have the option.

Thanks for remembering to check for the small details like that. :) 
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April 7, 2010 2:59:02 AM

Niklas_13 said:
That PSU gets a grate review. Other then taking a 2 to 3 month hit on your warranty, i don't see why not. http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...


Yeah that review was one of the primary reasons I was considering it. Seems like a quality PSU, and to be honest, I kind of like the glaring neon green fan. ;) 
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April 7, 2010 3:24:32 AM

coldsleep said:
Yeah that review was one of the primary reasons I was considering it. Seems like a quality PSU, and to be honest, I kind of like the glaring neon green fan. ;) 


Yeah i like the green also :) 

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April 14, 2010 3:15:21 AM

Best answer selected by coldsleep.
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April 14, 2010 3:17:37 AM

Power supply showed up on Friday, temporarily transplanted the guts of my HTPC into the new case along with the power supply. Everything was excellent, and the power supply was seriously silent.

Now I just need to rebuild the HTPC after I get the new gaming rig built. Well, and get the parts for the gaming rig, etc.
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April 14, 2010 3:36:34 AM

:)  thats the fun part, picking the parts
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