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February 6, 2012 10:49:44 AM

My proposed build so far includes:

Zalman Z9 Plus, i5 2500k, Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3-B3, OCZ Petrol 128gb SSD, 8gb LP Vengeance RAM, HD 6870.

What wattage is recommended for overclocking with this build?
and what are some good options that wont cost a fortune?

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February 6, 2012 11:06:30 AM

Will take a look at Scan...550-600W in a good PSU is sufficient.
a b ) Power supply
February 6, 2012 11:11:05 AM

Whats your budget?
February 6, 2012 11:13:59 AM

Uther39 said:
Whats your budget?


dont really have a set budget, but im looking to save money on it as much as i can.

Basically I just need a PSU that can take the graphics card and a decent overclock with that system. Maybe just a decent (preferably modular) 80 Plus Bronze one which will do the job and not make too much noise :) 
February 6, 2012 11:15:01 AM

From personal experience, Scan.co.uk are a very good quality store with brilliant customer service, however there prices tend to be a little high.

Personally I would reccomend the following:
http://www.ebuyer.com/241554-xfx-pro-650w-core-edition-...

Free delivery, I am currently using the 750watt version, it is a 80+ silver rated power supply, single rail and very customisable with plenty of cables with it.

PS it also looks rather nice :-)

Noticed after I posted this that Uther 39 recomended a similar PSU (high 5)
February 6, 2012 11:18:25 AM

jamcd13 said:
This one looks promising, although is it modular? and I see it isnt listed as a 'silent fan' whilst others are. Is it likely to be more noisy?

The fan might not be listed as Silent but it is by no means noisy, your case fans will cause more noise than this.
February 6, 2012 11:26:52 AM

signor said:
The fan might not be listed as Silent but it is by no means noisy, your case fans will cause more noise than this.


Okay great, it looks like you have both recommended the same one.

One more, Would this PSU be good for £72?
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/700w-psu-coolermaster-si...

Its 50w more and is the same price as the modular version of the XFX, but if you think the XFX is better than ill go with it. Also, do you think modular will be an important feature?
February 6, 2012 11:48:53 AM

Just need a decision on the two i have mentioned guys, thumbs up to whoever recommends the best :) 
February 6, 2012 11:54:32 AM

Dont get coolermaster its loud and poor quality i had one of those and i just bought a new corsair gs800 because the old coolermaster WAS VERY LOUD.
February 6, 2012 12:00:42 PM

a_tractor said:
Dont get coolermaster its loud and poor quality i had one of those and i just bought a new corsair gs800 because the old coolermaster WAS VERY LOUD.


Now I'm back to square one. hah.

If its noisy, cant you complain and return it, considering it's meant to be a 'silent' fan?

£80+ for a non-modular PSU is a little out of my budget :-/ plus i wouldnt need 800w.

Are there any that you would recommend?
February 6, 2012 12:21:50 PM

Uther39 said:
Or some cheaper alternatives, the thermaltake one here is very good as is the Be Quiet, they are all modular.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/620w-antec-neo-eco-modul...
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/675w-psu-thermaltake-tpx...
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/630w-psu-be-quiet-bn182-...


Thank you!

Right, almost there. I think I would go for the Be Quiet! one if it wasn't sold out. Not sure how quickly they'd get new stock in either so probably isnt worth waiting around?

I like the sound of either of the XFX or the ThermalTake. Some people have slated ThermalTake PSUs, do you know if they are decent or not? All the specs on this one seem very impressive (89% efficiency!)

Do you think its worth spending the extra £8 on the XFX?
February 6, 2012 12:39:06 PM

In all honesty, alot of people will just say to get any of the above.
From a personal opinion the XFX PSU has very good reviews, looks nice, performs well and it will last a good while, it is a single rail giving a good output.

The design is rather nice aswell and doesnt just look like a stand square box.
I cant say I have ever heard my psu fan over any of my other fans in my pc, varying from an asus dcuii 6950 on 10% fan speed to 200mm fans on the 600t.

XFX from reviews is a sure thing :-)
February 6, 2012 12:47:07 PM

signor said:
In all honesty, alot of people will just say to get any of the above.
From a personal opinion the XFX PSU has very good reviews, looks nice, performs well and it will last a good while, it is a single rail giving a good output.

The design is rather nice aswell and doesnt just look like a stand square box.
I cant say I have ever heard my psu fan over any of my other fans in my pc, varying from an asus dcuii 6950 on 10% fan speed to 200mm fans on the 600t.

XFX from reviews is a sure thing :-)


Brilliant! Thanks everyone :) 

Anyone wanting to comment on my proposed build, it will be greatly appreciated. Tell me what you think of it or any improvements within a similar budget.

Zalman Z9 Plus, i5 2500k, Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3-B3, OCZ Petrol 128gb SSD, 8gb LP Vengeance RAM, HD 6870, XFX XXX 650w.
February 6, 2012 1:04:11 PM

NICE BUILD :bounce: 
February 6, 2012 1:07:34 PM

"Up to 89%" and its depends on the conditions if you overclock your system the it wont be reach 89% again :D 
But have the same 80+ bronse certificate not 80+ gold or platinum..

Based on that 3, i would suggest you to choose options number 2..
Because that stuff offer you Big Fan to keep your system run silent and give you a huge single rail among the other..
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