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August 27, 2010 9:28:15 PM

What is the best 550W PSU and the best affordable 550W PSU?

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August 27, 2010 9:47:55 PM

Since there is a lot of good models out there, it's difficult to say what is the best one. It depends on your needs, but the Enermax Modu87+ is, without any doubt, one of the best PSUs ever made. The Seasonic X-560 is pretty new so there is not any qualified review yet, but the first impresion is very good.

The Cosair VX550 or the Antec TruePower New 550W are the best bang for the money nowadays.

You will find usefull information and qualified reviews about these and many more power supplies in the PSU Review Database from RealHardTechX: http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page541.htm
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August 28, 2010 1:15:56 AM

Good advice from both above, so let me come at it a different way.

Used to be you'd come here for a psu rec, and you'd be told Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling, & Antec Earthwatts (not all Antecs). Because these were the only BRANDS that were KNOWN to consistently produce quality units across the power/model range. The Corsair got added to that list.

But there are several models branded OCZ and others that are very good units. They are believed good because they are reviewed by respected reviewers who actually do more than measure the cables and comment on the cool paint job.

So, I go to Newegg knowing the size (eg 400-500W) I want, and sort by price. Discard all units under $40 (unless I recognize one). Look for the cheapest one of the above-mentioned brands. That's my psu, unless I can go cheaper, google the brand/model, and find a quality review. Often the $ difference is small.

Then I go one size up (500W-600W in this case) and repeat the process, mainly to see if one is on sale.

In the case of Antec, I am open to models other than Earthwatts, but I look for a review. Lots of reviewers choose to review Antec.
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August 28, 2010 2:33:52 AM

I need a PSU w/ a 500w PSU with a maximum length of 140mm and had decided on the Seasonic S12II Bronze 520 W PSU then learned it doesn't have overcurrent protection circuity so I'm holding off.

Does anybody make a quiet 500w PSU 140mm in length that has overcurrent protection circuity?
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August 28, 2010 1:08:36 PM

I'll say the Corsair VX550 but really all the above mentioned units are very good.
So any of the above if the price is right.
Pretty sure the VX is a Seasonic anyways.
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a c 144 ) Power supply
August 28, 2010 7:31:33 PM

Quite a few good PSU's. My favorite 550 is the Corsair.
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September 2, 2010 10:52:29 PM

Sorry for butting in, but thanks for the recommendations.
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September 3, 2010 6:22:14 AM

The 550 corsair is a Cwt
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a b ) Power supply
September 3, 2010 3:34:34 PM

Antec TruePower all the way.
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