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October 21, 2012 10:26:01 PM

Here is my current build

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($317.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($67.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1022.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Just wondering if I need to bump on my PSU or will I be fine with what i have?

Also how important is a Modular psu?

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October 21, 2012 10:53:34 PM

The Antec is a decent unit but it's an older design and it's only 80 Plus certified. For the same money you can do better.

For $7 more this unit is 80 Plus Gold certified and is really helping Rosewill become a solid choice when buying a power supply.

http://tinyurl.com/9ow8ho3

For $7 less this is 80 Plus Bronze and a very good choice.

http://tinyurl.com/9twl7c7


Modular or not is up to you really. It does not hurt anything and can be quite handy especially when using a small case. Personally, even though my present model is not modular my next ones will be.

Modular will cost you a little more.

http://tinyurl.com/9mggug8

http://tinyurl.com/92eubor


Personally I would get the Seasonic. The Rosewill is a really close second.


Edit: Links fixed. Stupid newegg.
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October 21, 2012 10:59:15 PM

Agree that the Basiq BP550 Plus is not a very good choice nowadays as you can get better units for a similar price.

My vote would actually go to the Rosewill Capstone-550M because it is cheaper before rebate and shipping and it is probably quieter than the Seasonic G-550.
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October 21, 2012 11:04:05 PM

anort3 said:
The Antec is a decent unit but it's an older design and it's only 80 Plus certified. For the same money you can do better.

For $7 more this unit is 80 Plus Gold certified and is really helping Rosewill become a solid choice when buying a power supply.

http://tinyurl.com/9ow8ho3

For $7 less this is 80 Plus Bronze and a very good choice.

http://tinyurl.com/9twl7c7


Modular or not is up to you really. It does not hurt anything and can be quite handy especially when using a small case. Personally, even though my present model is not modular my next ones will be.

Modular will cost you a little more.

http://tinyurl.com/9mggug8

http://tinyurl.com/92eubor

Personally I would get the Seasonic. The Rosewill is a really close second.


Edit: Links fixed. Stupid newegg.


Just wondering on the scale of Psu companies where is rosewill at? also How about the Seasonic 620 Bronze modular? or the Antec 650 Earthwatts green? and also it seems like 550 is fine or do you think I should go with higher wattage?
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October 21, 2012 11:05:51 PM

Silvune said:
Agree that the Basiq BP550 Plus is not a very good choice nowadays as you can get better units for a similar price.

My vote would actually go to the Rosewill Capstone-550M because it is cheaper before rebate and shipping and it is probably quieter than the Seasonic G-550.


Should I go with a higher wattage and how reliable is Rosewill? I have asked others and said this antec was fine so idk maybe it comes down to opinion?
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October 21, 2012 11:07:29 PM

Seasonic is a manufacturer. The Rosewill Capstone series is made by Great Wall. Great Wall is a newer company that has made a very good name for itself. Seasonic is though in my opinion the best overall manufacturer. The Antec EA-650 Green is made by Delta another very good company. All are solid choices.
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October 21, 2012 11:12:00 PM

anort3 said:
Seasonic is a manufacturer. The Rosewill Capstone series is made by Great Wall. Great Wall is a newer company that has made a very good name for itself. Seasonic is though in my opinion the best overall manufacturer. The Antec EA-650 Green is made by Delta another very good company. All are solid choices.


Thanks for the input, with that I am guessing I should get the Seasonic 620 mII modular over the antec earthwatts 650 green?
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October 21, 2012 11:13:12 PM

Either are very good choices. Really I would use either one with no reservations. My personal choice would be the Seasonic.
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October 21, 2012 11:19:18 PM

anort3 said:
Either are very good choices. Really I would use either one with no reservations. My personal choice would be the Seasonic.


Ah ok thanks. I've only had 1 computer and it has lasted me 5 years and is starting to bite the dust. I've had an antec 650 Earthwatts powering it without problems haha, but the modularness of the seasonic might be the tipping points.
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October 21, 2012 11:32:35 PM

I had a modular unit then I got a really good deal on this Corsair a few years ago and I was always going to add a second GTX 460 but I never got around to it so I never needed the extra power. This is a great ( Corsair 750TX ) unit but it's such a PITA to route all these cables even with a huge Antec 1200 case.

I'm thinking about getting a GTX 670 soon and when I do I will probably pick up a Seasonic X series PSU to go with it. They are expensive but go on sale pretty often and are about the best power supplies built.
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October 21, 2012 11:39:42 PM

anort3 said:
I had a modular unit then I got a really good deal on this Corsair a few years ago and I was always going to add a second GTX 460 but I never got around to it so I never needed the extra power. This is a great ( Corsair 750TX ) unit but it's such a PITA to route all these cables even with a huge Antec 1200 case.

I'm thinking about getting a GTX 670 soon and when I do I will probably pick up a Seasonic X series PSU to go with it. They are expensive but go on sale pretty often and are about the best power supplies built.


Based on this it looks Like I am going for the seasonic 620W Psu ahha.
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October 21, 2012 11:43:15 PM

You will thank yourself for going modular for sure.
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October 21, 2012 11:55:15 PM

anort3 said:
You will thank yourself for going modular for sure.


That and then I will always have in the back of my mind that 1 dude from the internet that pushed me in the right direction.
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October 22, 2012 2:18:02 PM

Yes all the units mentioned so far are good choices, however the Capstone is the best out of them. The only 'equal' is the G-550. And it doesn't make sense to me why someone would pay $5 more for the group regulated, 80 Plus Bronze unit when you could get an indy regulated unit with 80 Plus Gold efficiency for $5 less.

anort3 said:
Seasonic is a manufacturer. The Rosewill Capstone series is made by Great Wall. Great Wall is a newer company that has made a very good name for itself. Seasonic is though in my opinion the best overall manufacturer. The Antec EA-650 Green is made by Delta another very good company. All are solid choices.

Capstones are built by Super Flower actually.
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October 22, 2012 2:23:54 PM

liltwizzler said:
Just wondering on the scale of Psu companies where is rosewill at? also How about the Seasonic 620 Bronze modular? or the Antec 650 Earthwatts green? and also it seems like 550 is fine or do you think I should go with higher wattage?


Anecdotal evidence, but I'm using two Antec Basic 550's on Single GPU computers and never had a problem with them in over two years. They replaced Rosewill PSU's that died after 1 year of use. A friend of mine bought a Rosewill PSU around the same time and it lasted about as long. My recommendations is don't buy a Rosewill PSU. I know I'll never buy another one.
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October 22, 2012 2:26:50 PM

liltwizzler said:
Thanks for the input, with that I am guessing I should get the Seasonic 620 mII modular over the antec earthwatts 650 green?


Toss up on those two. I would go with which ever is the lowest price.
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October 22, 2012 4:35:23 PM

Silvune said:
Yes all the units mentioned so far are good choices, however the Capstone is the best out of them. The only 'equal' is the G-550. And it doesn't make sense to me why someone would pay $5 more for the group regulated, 80 Plus Bronze unit when you could get an indy regulated unit with 80 Plus Gold efficiency for $5 less.


Capstones are built by Super Flower actually.



Oops, you are right Great Wall makes the 80 Plus Gold OCZ units. My mistake.
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October 22, 2012 10:09:49 PM

egilbe said:
Anecdotal evidence, but I'm using two Antec Basic 550's on Single GPU computers and never had a problem with them in over two years. They replaced Rosewill PSU's that died after 1 year of use. A friend of mine bought a Rosewill PSU around the same time and it lasted about as long. My recommendations is don't buy a Rosewill PSU. I know I'll never buy another one.

The Capstones were only released in late 2011. So it is doubtful that the units which failed on you have anything in common with the Capstone series apart from being sold by Rosewill. Who have really upped their game (as in choosing to sell high quality PSUs) since the introduction of the Capstone series.
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October 22, 2012 11:59:16 PM

^ Agreed. Rosewill used to be best avoided. They have really turned their game around in the last couple of years though.
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October 23, 2012 12:06:51 AM

Oh I just noticed this on slickdeals.net that newegg has the Seasonic X 750 for $99 with no rebates involved. It's more than you need but would certainly cover any future upgrades such as adding a second graphics card. It's really only $10 more than the units already suggested for one of the best power supplies built.

http://tinyurl.com/8jhahlp

Hardwaresecrets Golden award.

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Seasonic-X-Serie...

Jonnyguru 9.5/10 Recommended buy.

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
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October 23, 2012 1:21:28 AM

anort3 said:
Oh I just noticed this on slickdeals.net that newegg has the Seasonic X 750 for $99 with no rebates involved. It's more than you need but would certainly cover any future upgrades such as adding a second graphics card. It's really only $10 more than the units already suggested for one of the best power supplies built.

http://tinyurl.com/8jhahlp

Hardwaresecrets Golden award.

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Seasonic-X-Serie...

Jonnyguru 9.5/10 Recommended buy.

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...


Thanks for all the recommondations but I don't really plan on going Crossfire or doing anything to fancy until I need a new build :D 
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October 23, 2012 1:22:38 AM

egilbe said:
Toss up on those two. I would go with which ever is the lowest price.


Antec 1 is cheaper and more wattage + more efficient. 74$
Seasonic Modular 620W 89$
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