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Help! 800W+ PSU for ASUS P8P67 Pro

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January 18, 2011 3:38:58 PM

I am in need of enlightenment... please help!

I'm buying a new Sandy Bridge build (2600k) with an ASUS P8P67 PRO mobo. I will be running just a single ATI 6970/6950 (still matter of debate) initially, but plan to add a second card and/or replace it with something more powerful in the future, plus overclocking the CPU, so I'd like an 800W+ PSU.

I had set my eyes on the Coolermaster SilentPro Gold 800W, but then read some negative reviews on Coolermaster, plus I can't find it on the P8P67 PRO compatibility list!
In fact I can't find 99% of the PSUs listed as compatible by ASUS here (UK) O_o

(see Downloads or Memory Support tabs here + 'P8P67 Pro Device QVL' file for details: http://uk.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=HMMvTCuBcZLfu2YL&t... )

My questions are:

*How important is it for the PSU to be in that compatibility list? I can only find the Corsair 750W TX PSU here, not modular + maybe a little short for my long term plans.

*Which Corsair or Antec alternatives do you suggest?

My case is a Corsair 600T and I don't expect to ever have more than 2/3 hard drives + 1/2 optical drives.

It's something quite pressing, since I only have a few hours to modify my original order... :sweat: 

Thanks for your expertise! :bounce: 

a b ) Power supply
January 18, 2011 3:50:07 PM

In order of price and preference
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

XFX is sooo cheap its hard to resist, Corsair has 7yr warranty and SS is gold rated but expensive.

UK.
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-xfx-p1-750s-nlb9-pr...
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-corsair-cmpsu-750tx...
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/850w-seasonic-850ht-supe...

January 18, 2011 3:50:10 PM

Almost trivial is the state of a PSU support list for motherboards. However, having said that I still think you should stick to the following brands:

*OCZ ModXStream
*Corsair
*Seasonic
*Antec
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a b ) Power supply
January 18, 2011 4:09:09 PM

+ OCZ Fatal1ty, XFX, some CM, Kingwin, Silverstone, Zalman, PC Power and Cooling etc etc.

Best thing is to check reviews of each individual unit, just coz it has Corsair on the tin don't mean its Corsair quality inside and that can apply to any of the major brands.
January 18, 2011 5:00:44 PM

Thanks, I've read a few reviews (that's where I got the idea for the CM silent pro gold), but none specific on the compatibility with this particular motherboard.

I have also seen the specs of a few different PSUs, but again no mention of specific MB models.

Unfortunately the Corsair, Coolermaster and Antec compatibility/wattage calculators don't have the Sandy Bridge CPUs in yet (in some cases not even the i7 900s) so I can't cross-check them that way.

Searching through their forums (and googling) has not proved useful either, other than to learn that ASUS mobos had some serious compatibility issues 1+ year ago with some PSUs (hence my worry).

Misquoting Leia I'd say 'Help me, tech gurus, you are my only hope' :D 
a b ) Power supply
January 18, 2011 6:10:40 PM

Elbereth said:
Thanks, I've read a few reviews (that's where I got the idea for the CM silent pro gold), but none specific on the compatibility with this particular motherboard.

I have also seen the specs of a few different PSUs, but again no mention of specific MB models.

Unfortunately the Corsair, Coolermaster and Antec compatibility/wattage calculators don't have the Sandy Bridge CPUs in yet (in some cases not even the i7 900s) so I can't cross-check them that way.

Searching through their forums (and googling) has not proved useful either, other than to learn that ASUS mobos had some serious compatibility issues 1+ year ago with some PSUs (hence my worry).

Misquoting Leia I'd say 'Help me, tech gurus, you are my only hope' :D 


Its a 95w cpu so just pick any cpu that draws 95w when on the calculators.

If you pick any of the psu's I listed you won't have any issues any of them are better than CM IMO.
January 19, 2011 12:08:04 AM

Thanks a lot!!!
I have been unsuccessfully trying to change my order... It looks like the CM Silent Pro Gold will have to do :( 
It should work fine, it's 800W 80plus and 65A single +12V rail... If it doesn't I'll have an excuse to return it and try one of those.
I have learned a lot today! :)  thanks again!
Will keep you posted!
January 19, 2011 12:09:10 AM

Best answer selected by Elbereth.
a b ) Power supply
January 22, 2011 11:29:30 AM

I have a similar setup and went with the HX 850 and i love it!
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