ceewi1's PSU Recommendations

ceewi1

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My "Top Pick" PSUs at various pricepoints.


***** This list is now several months out of date - I will try to find some time in the near future to bring it back up to date *****


Antec Basiq 350W - $19.99
Ratings:[email protected],[email protected],[email protected],[email protected] (Total [email protected]),[email protected], [email protected]
Comments: $20 doesn't get you much, but this PSU is better than most.

Rosewill RP500-2 500W - $49.99
Ratings:[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] (Total [email protected]), [email protected], [email protected]
Comments: A viable alternative to the Ultra or XClio for those who want a little more 'bling', the presence of an 8pin EPS12V connector is a distinct advantage. The use of Fuhjyyu capacitors means that this PSU should be restricted to well ventilated cases, however

XCLIO StablePower 460W - $51.99
Ratings:[email protected];[email protected];[email protected];[email protected];[email protected]; [email protected]
Comments: A very capable, Enhance built, PSU at this price

Corsair CMPSU-450VX - $65.50 after $10 rebate - ceewi1's pick
Ratings:[email protected],[email protected],[email protected],[email protected],[email protected]
Comments: While the rated 450W may look small, this unit still features an impressively strong 33A single +12V rail. A superb quality PSU.

Corsair CMPSU-550VX - $74.99 after $15 rebate
Ratings:[email protected],[email protected],[email protected],[email protected],[email protected]
Comments: A superb quality PSU at a fantastic price, this PSU is strongly recommended.

BFG Tech 800W - $84.99 after $30 rebate - ceewi1's pick
Ratings:[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] [email protected], [email protected]
Comments: A solid high powered unit at a superb price.

Corsair CMPSU-520HX - $89.99 after $10 rebate
Ratings:[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], (Total [email protected]) [email protected], [email protected]
Comments: Despite the labelling, this is essentially a single rail design. A top quality modular Seasonic built PSU.

Silverstone ST75ZF - $109.99 after $40 rebate - ceewi1's pick
Ratings:[email protected],[email protected],[email protected],[email protected],[email protected],
[email protected] (Total [email protected])
,[email protected],[email protected] [email protected],[email protected],[email protected]
Comments: For those who don't mind the rebate, this is a top quality, best of the best server grade unit. A superb PSU at this price, despite the relatively low efficiency.

Thermaltake Toughpower 700W - $119.99 after $40 rebate
Ratings:[email protected],[email protected],[email protected],[email protected],[email protected],+ [email protected] (Total [email protected]),[email protected],[email protected]
Comments: A good quality PSU from Thermaltake, well priced after rebate.

Coolermaster Real Power Pro 850W - $129.99 - ceewi1's pick
Ratings:[email protected],[email protected],[email protected],[email protected],[email protected], [email protected],[email protected] (Total [email protected]),[email protected],[email protected]
Comments: A good quality, superb value PSU.

Silverstone ST85ZF - $139.99 after $50 rebate - ceewi1's pick
Ratings:[email protected],[email protected],[email protected],[email protected],[email protected],
[email protected] (Total [email protected])
,[email protected],[email protected] [email protected],[email protected],[email protected]
Comments: Another top quality, best of the best server grade unit from Silverstone. A great buy, despite the low efficiency.

Antec Quattro 850W - $153.65 - ceewi1's pick
Ratings: [email protected],[email protected],[email protected],[email protected],[email protected], [email protected] (Total [email protected]),[email protected],[email protected]
Comments: A good quality 850W PSU, this represents superb value and quality.

Ultra X3 1000W - $189.99 - ceewi1's pick
Ratings:[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
Comments: To see such a great quality, modular, 1000W PSU available at the $200 mark is superb. This is an easy recommendation for anyone needing this much power.
 
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Tayl

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I see there are no Enermax's either. And from what I have experienced, they've been nothing but great for me. A little overpriced but well worth it from what I have found.

Breaks.
 

ceewi1

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Good list but no OCZ's in there?

How come? Bad experience with one or?
Any particular unit? My main complaint about the GameXStream is excessive ripple (well above ATX specifications). They'd be hard to recommend ATM anyway, with FSP Epsilons (which are the identical PSU) selling for a lower price.

I see there are no Enermax's either. And from what I have experienced, they've been nothing but great for me. A little overpriced but well worth it from what I have found.
They're definitely great PSUs, no doubt. As you've no doubt seen my list is quite short, only comprising the PSUs I consider to be the best/best value at the moment. It's really only the price that's stopping me putting some of them as top recommendations, but if I were to put in every good PSU I'd never be finished!
 

apj101

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gentlemen, we could sit here and name things the ceewi1 has not mentioned till we are blue in the face. The fact is he has choosen the best PSUs and each price/performance point. If the model/make you are thinking of is not in the list then that is because it did not meet that criteria

Good job ceewi1, are you going to stick this (or add a link in the existing sticky)
 

ceewi1

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Its just that here in the Philippines, aside from those in your list(Cooler Master, Enermax - others are just not available)... HEC is one of the most popular and recommended.
True, this list is very American focused. It's difficult to post a general recommendations guide that applies well to different countries, because of availability and relative pricing. If anyone's looking for a PSU and a number of these units aren't available, it's probably best to simply post a thread that includes online store(s) that you can purchase from.

Good job ceewi1, are you going to stick this (or add a link in the existing sticky)
Thanks, I've stuck a thread linking to the four guides I've just added (including this one). Not sure if there's a better way of balancing exposure/cleanliness.
 

ThatGuy16

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Very nice list, well put together :)
I might get the antec trio power sometime since i can just pick it up at best buy or circut city
 

ceewi1

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Thanks. With regard to calculating the total +12V output, the best way to do it is to take the total wattage available on the +12V rails and divide it by 12. For example, with the Quattro 1000W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowI...,+CUL,+FCC,+TUV,+CE,+C-tick,+CCC,+CB+-+Retail. You can see that the label indicates that up to 840W can be output over the 4 12V rails. 840/12=70A.

The information can sometimes be provided on a product website or manual, and not on the label. There are some manufacturers that don't provide this information at all (thery're not required to under the ATX spec). In this case, there's no way to tell aside from conducting the sort of definitive testing that can only be performed with proper load testing equipment.
 

ceewi1

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Thanks. I've added the EA430 at least as long as the MIR lasts. The UK prices are very good, but in the US there's generally comparable or even slightly better units available at the same price.
 

Tayl

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No. Or at least I don't. What importance does the weight of the PSU have to do with it's sufficiency to output a decent amount of volts at a steady constant?

Rove.
 
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