It's a quality PSU from Enhance electronics. However, If you are thinking about install two high performance graphic cards in SLI/CF I recommend you to buy a PSU with four PCIe conectors (two of them should be (6+2)-pin conectors). If not, this PSU is able to handle even a GTX480. If the price is good, go for it.
You can find some qualified reviews about this unit in the "PSU Review Database" (see my signature).
Your friend will have a substantial amount of money in the system. Stick with brands like Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, or other reliable brands.
Yes, it will be a PC that he will put some money into, so it should also have only quality part. You do not recommend Cooler Master at all for PSUs?
Henry Chinaski said:
It's a quality PSU from Enhance electronics.
I bought a Cooler Master Silent Pro ATX12V 2.3 600W for myself earlier this summer and was told that here that it was a good quality PSU. It seems to be working fine too, but I could not really tell to be honest.
Henry Chinaski said:
However, If you are thinking about install two high performance graphic cards in SLI/CF I recommend you to buy a PSU with four PCIe conectors (two of them should be (6+2)-pin conectors). If not, this PSU is able to handle even a GTX480.
There should be no dual GPUs in this build, and most probably not a real high end graphic card either, just a good one, but not decided yet.
Although the silent power series of CM is not that bad. Their PSU's are not reliable, especially because of the bad impression they left with their Extreme series of PSU's. I would still prefer the Corsair. Total peace of mind.
If your friend prefers future proof then the TX750W is certainly the one, to go with the fact that Seasonic is not available. But by future proofing if it means that if he goes for GPU later. Otherwise the VX550W or VX450W is enough to run a PC without a GPU handsomely.
But by future proofing if it means that if he goes for GPU later. Otherwise the VX550W or VX450W is enough to run a PC without a GPU handsomely.
It will have a GPU right from the start as the motherboard (ASUS P7P55D-E LX) have no built-in graphic board. However it will not be any SLI/Crossfire and probably not a high end single GPU, just a real good card that will last for a few years. The PC is not intended for gaming, he just wants to have the possibility to do some gaming sometimes.
Confusing that there seems to be different views of the reliability of the Cooler Masters PSUs..
actually, If you can, get the XFX 750watt XFX black edition. If it is a lower price.
That CM Silent Pro 700watt is reliable, silent, and fantastic. Personally because I own one. It powers my entire system. A 955 running at 3.9ghz and a 5850 at 950/1205 which both draw a lot of power. But still keeps it afloat.
As you can see, Cooler Master (and the mayority of the other brands) have high quality PSU, quality PSU, decent PSUs and some bad products. It depends on the manufacturer and the money that you are going to pay (the internal components will be better so it will perform better). Therefore, you can't say that a brand is good or bad. It depends on the model that we are talking about. I mean, Antec, Corsair, Thermaltake, OCZ, Cooler Master, Be quiet!,... aren't really manufacturers. They have OEMs that make the PSUs for them (FSP, Seasonic, Enermax, Enhance, CWT, ...).
The Silent Pro M 700W is an Enhance electronics unit, as the Antec TruePower Quattro series or the Silverstone Strider Plus series.
In the database you can see a lot of qualified reviews (not opinions) trusting the high quality of some of the PSUs from Cooler Master, and warning about another ones.
I have the Cooler Master Silent Pro 700w. I was a little skeptical at first, it was a good price on sale, and I'd heard bad stories about CM PSUs before, but these ones are actually different then CMs other brands of PSUs, and all the reviews I read where they tested the rails and actually did proper testing, it got very good reviews. I wouldnt recommend any other CM PSU, but the Silent Pros seems to be pretty good.