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June 3, 2012 3:03:19 PM

Yesterday I ordered up a TX850 PSU. Google found me the best deal, +1 for Google to save $

Anyway I was pondering the AX850 but the modular cables cost a lot over the TX850.

AKAIK the guts of the PSU are almost the same, same bells and whistles and current capacity.

So I believe I have a good quality PSU that will not annoy me down the road as I upgrade the gaming rig.

I realize the AX is gold rated and the TX is bronze but gives otherwise?

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a c 275 ) Power supply
June 3, 2012 3:27:09 PM

The AX and the TX are very different platforms, their external specs make them look similar but their internals are very different, there are actually 3 versions of the 850 TX, there is the TX, the TX-C, and the TXV2, the first two are built by CWT on the PSH and PSH-II platforms respectively while the TX V2 is built by seasonic on a very different platform, the AX 850 is built on yet another platform which is what allowed it to get much higher efficiency. The AX series costs more because of its 7 year warranty, higher efficiency, better ripple suppression and voltage regulation though the TX and TX V2 are both good in these regards the AX series is supposed to be better as it is corsairs flagship line but for the most part the difference won't affect you at all.
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June 3, 2012 3:29:40 PM

I ordered the TX850V2

I expect this PSU to be plenty adequate for my purposes, its excessive but it s super efficient compared to the outgoing PSU

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a c 104 ) Power supply
June 3, 2012 4:32:44 PM

I run a 4.5GHz Oc (on my 975BE) and two 6950 2Gb's on my 850V2 with barely a murmur, first decent Psu I ever bought for myself and I have absolutely no problems commending you on your choice :) 
Moto
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June 3, 2012 4:37:18 PM

I am running a single GTX 260 at the moment but I am considering upgrading that to a better model. The PSU I selected is far beyond my needs but I believe it was for the best to go big.

M4A77D, 65W CPU, 4 sticks DDR2, GTX 260, 2x hard disks

I plan to get a better CPU soon. Then a better GPU. Looking at X4 processors to perk up general performance.

I looked at so many PSU models before I pulled the trigger its not funny.

I believe the TX850 will never let me down.

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June 3, 2012 4:43:57 PM

one of the motivations was the power requirement for a graphics card. The worst for power hungry is the Radeon 6990 which wants ridiculous amounts of power.

The AMD page does not give actual GPU power but reviews suggest its around 400 W to power up the card.

Another other GPU out there is much less demanding.

At least the TX850 will not be deficient for anything I can contemplate.


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a c 104 ) Power supply
June 3, 2012 4:57:34 PM

I'd grab a highend phenom as soon as you can, before they all go :) 
965 upwards will do you
Moto
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June 3, 2012 5:00:27 PM

I noticed there are still lots of them around, it will take me a month or so to scrape up the $ up though

The 955 is simply the cheapest, I may look harder at the 965 and 975 or even one of the X6 processors depending on price.

I have overclocked my X2 4200+ which is native 2.2 GHz all the way to over 3 GHz so I believe the 955 can achieve about 4 GHz with enough cooling.
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June 3, 2012 5:02:01 PM

seems my X2 CPU is most stable at a lower 2.8 GHz mainly due to the RAM
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a c 104 ) Power supply
June 3, 2012 5:50:00 PM

No point on the x6's unless you use the two extra cores for editing etc, gamingwise the x4's all you need, and the higher you get the better chip it is, they are all made form the same deneb wafer, just higher numbered chips pass higher stress tests
955's can get 4GHz, but you'll be more or less guaranteed it with a 975
Moto
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June 3, 2012 5:52:59 PM

I do other stuff on the rig besides games, so the X6 has slight appeal, but an overclocked X4 should be enough brute force

I am price sensitive like world+dog these days
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a c 104 ) Power supply
June 3, 2012 6:16:01 PM

If you will benefit from the x6 then go for it, I just didn't want you getting it if you weren't going to see a plus for your money :) 
Moto
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June 3, 2012 6:18:23 PM

the cheapest 1035T is X6 but its not very fast compared to the 955

I was considering the 955 in an overclock setup like all other CPUs on the radar

the 955 is definitely very affordable, costs a lot less than the TX850 I bought

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a c 104 ) Power supply
June 3, 2012 7:12:18 PM

Go for the 955 then, it will still clock up nicely :) 
Moto
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June 3, 2012 7:28:43 PM

on a chess site i frequent somebody with a phase change cooler got a 955 up to 6.125 GHz with a cores up

that meant the CPU cores are respectable to me so 955, 965 and 975 are all what seems to be the best bang for my $



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a c 104 ) Power supply
June 3, 2012 8:51:05 PM

if you can get the 980 its top of the deneb line, but a good 965 or 975 will hold you just as well, and yes, more bang for your buck over the Fx chips definitely
Moto
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June 3, 2012 8:53:59 PM

the 955 is the best bang for what it costs at the moment, that may change though

I have spent a lot of time considering my options, Metro 2033 is the most demanding game I have and that is motivating some improvements in the rig

all the other games I have are very playable

that games I have are not cpu sensitive
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a c 104 ) Power supply
June 3, 2012 9:00:51 PM

955 at 3.6GHz or above it is then :) 
let us know how you get on though
Moto
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June 8, 2012 12:58:48 PM

I now have the TX850 installed in the rig and its definitely a way better PSU than that piece of crap I was using.

Sure lots of cable making up the octopus. Longer wires are definitely helpful. I hate using extensions etc to wire up the fan club.

The chassis fans are the most noise but with a total of 8 working fans I have to expect it.

Looking at the voltages in the Asus PC Probe to be better than the old PSU too. All voltages are on the money and do not sag like the old unit would.

With $25 left in the PayPal account it will take a while to accumulate enough $ for the 955 CPU.
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a c 104 ) Power supply
June 8, 2012 2:54:07 PM

8 fans?
Hehe, try 28 :p 
thing is the more you have the more you can turn them down, lots of fans but silent running
Glad you like the Psu man, and hopefully you'll have the cash for the chip soon
Moto
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June 8, 2012 6:57:17 PM

i am self employed so its all over the dial
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