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Spec me a PSU

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by D.P., 12 Oct 2009.

  1. D.P.

    Caporegime

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 31,190

    I need a PSU that wont break my budget:

    My new build will be:
    i7 860 2.8GHz, will overlock a little
    4Gb ram, will upgrade to 8Gb next year
    probably a GT260 gfx card, but might be less powerful certainly not more powerful
    2 HDs
    Gigabyte P55m motherboard
    nothing else which should draw much power.



    Would a high quality 500w PSU be better than a cheaper 600-700w PSU. What cheaper brands are there that are good enough?`IF I have to spend £70 -80 or more on the PSU then I will have to downgrade the i7 to the i5.
     
  2. miceormen

    Gangster

    Joined: 26 Feb 2008

    Posts: 408

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-111-AN

    Would probably be your best 'budget', solid 550w job - I used it in a build recently (920@3.8ghz/2xSSDs/6gb/gtx275) and its been fine in my mate's rig.

    Personally though if i were in your position I'd save another 50 quid and get a Corsair HX. They're flippin superb bits of kit.
     
  3. Franksi

    Gangster

    Joined: 8 Jul 2009

    Posts: 311

    +1 for Corsair HX range - makes cable management simpler and they run ever so quietly too!
     
  4. D.P.

    Caporegime

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 31,190

    The Corsair HX range seem way outside my budget.

    Any thoughts on :
    OCZ StealthXStream - 500 Watt
    Be Quiet! Pure Power L7-530W, 80 plus
     
  5. -VK-

    Gangster

    Joined: 2 Oct 2009

    Posts: 462

    Location: United Kingdom

    Running a StealthXStream 650w here without any problem, great PSU. By assumption I'd guess the 500 is of the same quality.
     
  6. Franksi

    Gangster

    Joined: 8 Jul 2009

    Posts: 311

    PSU is one item i wouldn't skimp on price on but accept that HX range do look pricey on the face of it
     
  7. PermaBanned

    Capodecina

    Joined: 7 Jul 2009

    Posts: 16,239

    Location: Newcastle/Aberdeen

    I'd go for Be Quiet over OCZ any day.
     
  8. Sindri

    Hitman

    Joined: 7 Jul 2009

    Posts: 597

  9. Sasahara

    Mobster

    Joined: 12 Feb 2009

    Posts: 3,891

    The Pure Power series use the same level of components as most of the OCZ PSUs, it's Be Quiet budget range. I woundn't say one is significantly better than the other.

    Personally I wouldn't buy either for my own use, but would consider them for budget builds I do for other people. :D