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February 18, 2011 7:45:02 PM

i am will be getting a ati 6870 sapphire and found out that my stock PSU only has 300 watts. i was wondering what PSU would e the best choice. Also I'm not sure if any kind of PSU will fit into my case, since my PC is 3 years old, the case might be a bit small compared to the standard sized PSU. here are my system specs and also the serial number incase someone wants to look up my PC. AM5201-E5621A. my budget for this PSU would be around the $100 mark since i will be spending about $260 on the new graphics card. also i know that the 6870 needs a minimum f 500watts so i was looking for something a little higher than 500. like 520 or above just to futureproof a little bit

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Summary

Product Name
Aspire M5201
Operating System
Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , Service Pack 2
Chipset
ATI RS780+SB700
Processor
AMD Phenom(tm) 9650 Quad-Core Processor
System Memory
4096 MB
Hard Drive
WDC WD6400AAKS-22A7B0 ATA Device, 596.17 GB
CD/DVD Drive
PIONEER BD-ROM BDC-202 ATA Device
KPGB OHMNO1Y3ST SCSI CdRom Device
KPGB OHMNO1Y3ST SCSI CdRom Device
Video
ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics
ATI Radeon HD 3400 Series
Total Available Graphics Memory
1919 MB
Audio
ATI HDMI Audio
ATI HDMI Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio
Network
Marvell Yukon 88E8071 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
RAS Async Adapter
D-Link WUA-2340 USB Adapter
UUID
00226803EF0720081018074903000000
Serial Number
PTSAZ0X02584106A922702
BIOS Version
R01-B2
BIOS Release Date
08/15/2008

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a c 1204 ) Power supply
February 18, 2011 8:36:09 PM

beanoslim said:
Any of these would do well, seems the 650w are cheaper than 550w so might as well go for one of them.

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The Seasonics are the same one modular one non, probably go for the Corsair TX myself or the SS.

Hmmm. All of the Corsair models you've included in the comparison have Seasonic as the OEM. I wholeheartedly agree with your selections based on the OEM.
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a c 275 ) Power supply
February 19, 2011 1:33:12 AM

The best deals imo, Seasonic oem as well, and modular.
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February 19, 2011 2:04:15 AM

+1 Seasonic oem or Corsair
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February 19, 2011 8:15:14 AM

Embra said:
This one would serve you quite well too:


OCZ w/promo and rebate!! ;) 



The Stealth is ok but one of the weaker OCZ offerings, ModX and Fatal1ty are better options. ;) 

Then the Elite and the high end Z series.
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a b ) Power supply
February 19, 2011 8:17:33 AM

ko888 said:
Hmmm. All of the Corsair models you've included in the comparison have Seasonic as the OEM. I wholeheartedly agree with your selections based on the OEM.


Seasonic seem to be making psu's for everone at the minute.

I know they do Corsair, XFX, who else has Seasonic inside?
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a c 148 ) Power supply
February 19, 2011 2:06:41 PM

The XFX Core Edition 650 is available for $65 here in the US and garners a 9.5 performance rating on jonnyguru.com There's nothing available from Antec or Corsair down south here of that quality in that price range. It's important to pick PSU's by product line rather than brand name....or even OEM brand name.

For example, which of the following do you think is true ?

Antec makes crappy PSU's
Antec makes good PSU's
Antec makes very good PSU's
Antec makes great PSU's

The answer .... all of the above. Manufacturer's are in business to make money ... the more they sell the more they make. Targeting a single market segment limits the number of customers you can sell to, limiting the amount of sales. So most vendors sell to multiple market segments:

Great PSU's
CP-850 http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
SG-650 http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
SG-850 http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Very Good PSU's
HCG-900 http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
HCP-1200 http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
CP-1000 http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
TP-750 http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
TPQ-850 http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
EA-500 http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Good PSU's
HCP-850 http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
TPQ-1200 http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
EA-750 http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
EA-650 http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Crappy PSU's
NP-650 http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
TPT-650 http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
TP2-550 http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Holds for OEM's too .... the Neo Power above with its 6.5 rating was made by Seasonic who also made the much better rated TP series. In that review, jonny writes:

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We've looked at many Antec units at this here website. Big Antecs, little Antecs, Antecs that climb on rocks... okay maybe they don't do that. But we have tested some pretty awesome Antec units recently, you gotta give me that. The Signature 850W and 650W were flat out amazing, and the Earthwatts 650W wasn't too far behind. But those were newer Delta based units. What happens when we take a step backwards and look at one of the Seasonic based units again?


For further reading, check out the "Caution: Not Brothers Under Their Skin" box on this page:

http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_PSUs

But in short, it's not the brand, but the product line that ya should be paying attention to and, as the Caution box above says, even that is no guarantee.

The price savings for < 650 watts is so minimal that's it's not worth getting smaller. Up in your neck of the woods, XFX is not being quite as aggressive in their pricing

650 watt XFX Core Edition (9.5 performance rating)
$84 after $20MIR http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

750 watt XFX Black Edition )10.0 performance rating)
$100 after $30 MIR http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Antec EA-650 (9.0 performance rating)
$69 after $20 MIR http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Antec TP-650 (9.0 performance rating)
$69 after $30 MIR http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Corsair TX650V2 (8.5 Performance Rating base don review of V1 model)
$99 after $10 MIR http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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a c 1204 ) Power supply
February 19, 2011 5:44:31 PM


The Neo Power Series except for the one model Neo HE380, TruePower Trio Series and TruePower II Series have all been discontinued.

Maybe an attempt to get out of the crappy PSU side of the business.
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August 23, 2012 5:12:21 PM

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