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Top 13 PSU choises for PC upgrade

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January 6, 2013 5:02:22 AM

Thermaltake TR2 Series 500 Watt ATX Power Supply
Kingwin 550W Modular Extreme Power Supply - Refurbished
Enermax 500 Watt ATX Power Supply
Diablotek UL Series 575 Watt ATX Power Supply
Corsair Builder Series CX500 500 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply
Corsair CX Series CX500M 500 Watt ATX Modular Power Supply
Corsair Builder Series CX600 600 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply
Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 600W ATX Power Supply
Kingwin 600W Modular Extreme Power Supply - Refurbished
Corsair CX Series CX600M 600 Watt ATX Modular Power Supply
Diablotek UL Series 675 Watt ATX Power Supply
OCZ Technology GameXStream 600W Power Supply - Refurbished
Inland Gold Series ILG-650E 650 Watt ATX Power Supply

i'm upgrading my PC next week and need help with choosing a PSU. I'm returning my Corsair cx430 to my local PC shop and purchasing one that will support my upgrades

I'm shopping local for convenience, and all these PSUs are: under 75$, have 6 Sata Connectors, between 500-650 Watts, and support 24 pin ATX and 4 pin cpu Connector. a few are modular, but i don't know much about them other that you can add the cabling you need so there's less cutter.

The system will have:
Q8200 core 2 quad
4x 2GB DDR2 ram
2x optical drives
1x SSD
2x 1TB HHD
1x GPU AMD 7750



I'm just looking for the best quality, efficency, and power balance that will support my system.

Any help and information would be greatly appreciated

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January 6, 2013 5:11:26 AM

I'd get the CX600 watt from corsair
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January 6, 2013 5:17:43 AM

Or the Enermax unit.
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January 6, 2013 6:09:09 AM

Orlean said:
Or the Enermax unit.


is that i good unit in your opinion? it has good reviews, but that's actually the only one on the list with only 5 Sata connectors. it looks like a nice enough unit to use an adapter form molex to sata but i was tryin to avoid it.
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a b ) Power supply
January 6, 2013 1:10:15 PM

Why do you need so many SATA's?
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January 7, 2013 1:48:11 AM

Rockdpm said:
Why do you need so many SATA's?


2 HDD
2 Optical drives
1 SSD

come to think of it thats only 5..
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a b ) Power supply
January 7, 2013 2:19:03 AM

Exactly. But its always best to get a PSU that can do a little more than what all your Hardware draws on load so when efficiency on the PSU is dropping you will still be safe as well to cover over volting
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January 7, 2013 2:51:03 AM

Rockdpm said:
Exactly. But its always best to get a PSU that can do a little more than what all your Hardware draws on load so when efficiency on the PSU is dropping you will still be safe as well to cover over volting


Definitely makes sense. I'm weeding out the crappy options but it looks like i may end up getting the corsair cx600 maybe even the modular version
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a b ) Power supply
January 7, 2013 2:58:28 AM

Modular is gonna help in cable management
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January 7, 2013 3:10:53 AM

I've narrowed it down to either..

corsair cx 500 $50/500m $55/600 $60/600m $70 the

OCZ GameXstream 600 $55/700 $60 (refurbished, which scares me because it sounds like used)

Enermax 500watt $40 best price and i read it's a great unit but now I'm not sure if 500 Watts is enough (even tho at the start of this i was sure 450 was)
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a b ) Power supply
January 7, 2013 3:17:08 AM

I'd say 500 is the minimum
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January 7, 2013 5:21:18 AM

after researching a bit more i see that the enermax is also known by this name "Lepa N500-SA" does anyone know about this unit?
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