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  • Possible PSU upgrade.

    I am not completely comfortable with my present PSU wattage (SST-ST60F-P PSU) so looking to upgrade.

    I have three that I have short listed:

    Be Quiet! Pure Power 730W

    Corsair CX750M

    Silverstone Strider Plus 750W

    I will add that I have the Short Cable Set for SilverStone PSU Strider Series which with the size of the Corsair 540 I do not currently use. But this case is perhaps bigger than I would like in fact I am looking at the new Parvums. So buying the Silverstone would seem the logical choice. But I am prepared to be convinced otherwise. The prices for the above is around where I want to be so anything else around that point also considered.

    My specs: Carbide Series Air 540 /Gigabyte Sniper M3/I5 2500K @ 4.3MHz/ 8GB Crucial Ballistix/Zalman CNPS7X LED/SLI x GTX 670/128GB Crucial m4/2 x 1TB HDD/ SST-ST60F-P PSU/Dell U2711/Ducky Shine YotD (browns)/Logitech G400s/.
    Thanks.
    Last edited by MrFraggle; 20-04-14, 09:06. Reason: competitor links removed/replaced.

  • #2
    first off I would suggest removing the links to competitors before you get spanked by the mods you could find the manufacturer product pages instead.

    buying a PSU because you already have a compatible proprietary cable doesn't make sense to me, there must be a higher priorities than that?!

    JohnnyGuru
    (excellent) and HardwareInsights specialise in PSU reviews

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    • #3
      Given the spec :
      Carbide Series Air 540 /Gigabyte Sniper M3/I5 2500K @ 4.3MHz/ 8GB Crucial Ballistix/Zalman CNPS7X LED/SLI x GTX 670/128GB Crucial m4/2 x 1TB HDD/ SST-ST60F-P PSU/Dell U2711/Ducky Shine YotD (browns)/Logitech G400s/.

      And you want to add a 2nd 670 to a 600W PSU that is a little close for comfort imo.

      Any of those suggested would be fine - but if you're considering the 70+ range, I'd take a good look at the Corsair Gold Modular PSU at 78 : https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...roductId=58173
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      Fractal R4 (shhh!) 3570k, z77x-d3h, 16gb, R9-270X, 240gb SSD, 2tb mirror w/ 60gb cache drive

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Icm76 View Post
        first off I would suggest removing the links to competitors before you get spanked by the mods you could find the manufacturer product pages instead.

        buying a PSU because you already have a compatible proprietary cable doesn't make sense to me, there must be a higher priorities than that?!

        JohnnyGuru
        (excellent) and HardwareInsights specialise in PSU reviews
        Obviously there are higher priorities than a compatible proprietary cable but if the PSU's are all around the same in regards to quality,performance ETC then it would make sense to but the Silverstone because I have the short cable set. Thanks for tip about the links.

        Added after 2 minutes:

        Originally posted by Spaceboy View Post
        Given the spec :
        Carbide Series Air 540 /Gigabyte Sniper M3/I5 2500K @ 4.3MHz/ 8GB Crucial Ballistix/Zalman CNPS7X LED/SLI x GTX 670/128GB Crucial m4/2 x 1TB HDD/ SST-ST60F-P PSU/Dell U2711/Ducky Shine YotD (browns)/Logitech G400s/.

        And you want to add a 2nd 670 to a 600W PSU that is a little close for comfort imo.

        Any of those suggested would be fine - but if you're considering the 70+ range, I'd take a good look at the Corsair Gold Modular PSU at 78 : https://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...roductId=58173
        I have added a second 670 and to be honest the 600W can probably cope but I would not be comfortable. I will have a look at your suggestion. Thanks, just the sort of advice I am looking for.
        Last edited by MrFraggle; 20-04-14, 09:11.

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        • #5
          Exactly what I was thinking... it's the word "probably" that leaves me slightly uneasy
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          Fractal R4 (shhh!) 3570k, z77x-d3h, 16gb, R9-270X, 240gb SSD, 2tb mirror w/ 60gb cache drive

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          • #6
            Originally posted by MrFraggle View Post
            Obviously there are higher priorities
            PSU noise, brand warranty and availability of support will vary. Efficiency will vary too but some people don't care too much. Most brands are perfectly adequate in terms of the quality of power they supply but some are exceptional and most brands have their lemons e.g. the Corsair RM series are considered to be pretty much overpriced cack.

            Personally I'm not a fan of Silverstone PSUs, they're mediocre at best (except for a couple of SFF size PSUs where there is literally no alternative, so they become best by default.) Also, don't their 24 pin cables have some reversed pins between the PSU and motherboard, resulting in a cable that has overlapping wires that twist in a way that is unattractive for open or windowed case builds?

            Money no object maybe Super Flower, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic and perhaps LEPA are the brands I would have on my short list. I've always relied on Seasonic in the past, but lately they are gaining a bad rep for high rates of coil whine - doesn't affect the performance but it sure can be irritating if it's audible. N.B. I haven't had coil whione on any of the bronze or gold Seasonics that I've used or installed for other people.


            Originally posted by MrFraggle View Post
            I have added a second 670 and to be honest the 600W can probably cope but I would not be comfortable. I will have a look at your suggestion. Thanks, just the sort of advice I am looking for.

            Have you had a play with the PSU requirement estimator? http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

            Make sure to increase the TDP and load fields to maximum as you're possibly approaching the limits of your PSUs capacity, also don't forget to adjust field to reflect any OC'ing that you are doing

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            • #7
              a couple more review sites that might be worth a look to broaden the range of tested units:

              TechPowerUp

              Hardware.info

              Hardware.info has a lot of data and tables, but you can narrow down the comparison tables to just the products you want by checking the 'Tested' box and playing with the criteria options. Then tick check boxes for anything on your short list and click compare to generate the comparison table that you want.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Icm76 View Post
                a couple more review sites that might be worth a look to broaden the range of tested units:

                TechPowerUp

                Hardware.info

                Hardware.info has a lot of data and tables, but you can narrow down the comparison tables to just the products you want by checking the 'Tested' box and playing with the criteria options. Then tick check boxes for anything on your short list and click compare to generate the comparison table that you want.
                I have ordered a power meter thingy as I want to run some tests before deciding. Thanks for the links though.

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