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December 1, 2010 1:12:16 PM

I want to upgrade PSU cause' I don't know if it's the hard drive lead I am having trouble with or if it's the PSU itself. So to correct the problem for sure and FUTURE proof I want to upgrade from 700 watts to at least a 950W - 1200W. Here's what's in the box now.

Core 2 Quad 6600
2 Zotak 1GB 8800 GT's in SLI
2 1TB WD Black 7200 rpm
3 500GB WD Caviar Blue SE 7200 rpm
2 DVD-RW Burners
Dual TV Tuner
Zalman Fan Controller
Floppy Disk
4 Blue LED's
2 80mm blue led case fan's
Zalman blue led CPU cooler
80 watt Surround sound speaker system
24" flat screen LCD monitor

I think that's about it.

I want to future proof the possible upgrade to all 2 tb drives, 2 new GPU's, 3 24" monitors and possible a raid card or such with water cooling or more fans.

Obviously I have to be price conscious. I don't really want to spend more than $150-$200.

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December 1, 2010 1:21:40 PM

I would go with the corsair 950tx for $140 after rebate at newegg. 78 amps on the 12v rail should make you future proof.
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December 1, 2010 1:22:08 PM

This is arguably the best psu manufacturer out there. At 850w and 70amps on the 12v rail, you will have enough power to run your sli setup easily. It's also silver certified, which means it's very energy efficient.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 1, 2010 1:47:07 PM

sportsfanboy said:
This is arguably the best psu manufacturer out there. At 850w and 70amps on the 12v rail, you will have enough power to run your sli setup easily. It's also silver certified, which means it's very energy efficient.

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


While that PSU looks good I am looking to also future proof my PC. I want enough for ugrades as well. I should have done that in the beginning but I didn't. Now I have to buy another PSU so when I buy this one I want to have enough extra power I don't have to worry about that again.
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December 1, 2010 1:52:29 PM

o1die said:
I would go with the corsair 950tx for $140 after rebate at newegg. 78 amps on the 12v rail should make you future proof.


Only thing I don't like about that one is that it's not modular. Modular PSU's have saved me a lot of grief in the past by just replacing certain plugs and what not instead of the entire PSU just to see if it's the plug or the entire PSU.

Any other suggestions?
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December 1, 2010 1:57:29 PM

What future proof type hardware are you going to be running, Quad sli?

Question... What company made your 700w psu that needed to be replaced?
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December 1, 2010 3:20:51 PM

Quad SLI is a possibility but not in the near future.

Soon I may upgrade to the newest GPU's in SLI and 3 monitors and 5 2TB hard drives.

I bought an Ultra Aluminus case that came with a 700W Modular PSU pre-installed so i'm assuming that's who made it.
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December 1, 2010 3:25:47 PM

I would look at any of these PSU... They will run pretty much any dual card setups

Newegg Side-by-Side 850W Review

My recommendation would be the XFX model.
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December 1, 2010 6:33:21 PM

Save yourself $100 and go to www.geeks.com and buy the Apower brand 1200Watt PSU for around $100 total. It's what I use and they are great!!!
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December 1, 2010 6:49:28 PM

paulbelk said:
That side by side wouldn't work for some reason.

None of those choice would be my recommendation you have listed. Here is links to the individual PSU in the side-by-side link you couldn't open (in my personal rankings).

1. XFX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2. SeaSonic: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
3. Corsair 850HX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4. Corsair AX850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 2, 2010 1:33:26 AM

tecmo34 said:
None of those choice would be my recommendation you have listed. Here is links to the individual PSU in the side-by-side link you couldn't open (in my personal rankings).

1. XFX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2. SeaSonic: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
3. Corsair 850HX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4. Corsair AX850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Any reason why all are only 850W?

Why the recommendation for the XFX?

What about future proofing for possible upgrades.
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December 2, 2010 1:44:24 AM

ahthurungnone said:
Save yourself $100 and go to www.geeks.com and buy the Apower brand 1200Watt PSU for around $100 total. It's what I use and they are great!!!


I see no PSU on their site for 100 let alone even close to 1000-1200 watts modular like what i'm looking for.

Just out of curiosity, how long did you use any of these gaming rigs and if they weren't for you have you kept up with the people using them to see if any problems. Poor PSU's can cause' all sorts of weird problems within the PC.
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December 2, 2010 4:17:36 PM

paulbelk said:
1) Any reason why all are only 850W?

2) Why the recommendation for the XFX?

3) What about future proofing for possible upgrades.

1) An SLI setup of GTX 580 only uses 720W of power ( http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-580-sli-revie... ) for the whole system, so 850W gives you an adequate head room. If you plan on a 3-way SLI setup than you are looking at the 1200W range.

2) I went with XFX, as it provides the best performance for the price. I'm a huge fan of the Corsair HX or AX models but you get similar results with the XFX, at a lower price.

3) It should be able to handle any possible upgrades you may need in the near future, outside of a full blown Water Cooling Setup.

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December 2, 2010 4:23:12 PM

^ XFX is a good company and some of their PSU's are Seasonic made.
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December 8, 2010 11:00:32 PM

Best answer selected by paulbelk.
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