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Choosing a power supply


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NotAQuitter

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Hi all,

I have a PC that built for me.

I need to replace the power supply and want to try to do it myself, but I'm not sure what PSU to buy.

I have:

Seagate Baracuda 7200.10 250 Gb

Nvidia GeForce 7000 series video card.

intel Duo-Core

What else do you need to know?

I'm a total software geek but need to get up to speed on hardware. The only thing I've done before is add memory and network interface cards. So ease of installation is a major consideration for me.

Suggestions?
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Post Script:

BTW, I live in the low desert where, during brownouts, the temp in my house goes up to 98 degrees. Any ideas on what I should do to prevent component failures in the future?
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To prevent failures you should get a good surge protector, and if you want to keep it running during the brownouts, a battery back up.

Here is a good list of what are good power supplies, i would stay within the top 3 tiers, preferably the top 2, i would get at least a 550wat or higher

This is an update of the tiered power supply list originally posted on xtremesystems a few years ago. We are continually adding to this list and correcting it when new information is found or comes available. If you think that something about this list is incorrect, or something is missing that should be there, feel free to post that information in this thread. When posting suggestions for changes, it would be very helpful if you could link information supporting what you say, or at least cite the site where you think the information can be found. Of course, personal experience with a power supply can be helpful as well, to some extent, so don't hesitate to post if you have something to add.


Original Phase III tiered PSU list from: xtremesystems(Can't show link as it would be against GTG terms of agreement)

As with any guide there may be psu's that aren't listed, or you may have your own opinions on various units.
WHICH ONES TO BUY ?

Tier 1 provides the best quality power, great for overclocking and super high-end systems.
Tier 2 offers almost as good power and stability as Tier 1 at comparable wattage levels with lower price/better availability.
Tier T offers the high quality components of Tier 2 with slightly less rail stability due to Topower internals.
Tier 3 is ONLY recommended if price difference is present between Tier 3 and Tier 2 or due to availability issues with Tier 1/2 PSUs.
Tier 4 is recommended for stock or low power systems if Tier 3's are more expensive or are not available.
Tier 5 power supplies are NOT RECOMMENDED, but some brands have high/medium quality power supplies in Tiers 2 through 4.

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Tier 1 Brands - The Most Powerful And Stable Components On The Market
Antec Signature
Enermax Galaxy
OCZ EliteXStream
PCP&C TurboCool
PCP&C Silencer >610
Silverstone ZF (Etasis 85/75/56)
Seventeam ST >600 (SSI, V2.91)
Silverstone OP/DA >700W
Silverstone ZM
Ultra X3 >1000W
Zippy/Emacs SSL
Zippy/Emacs GSM
Zippy/Emacs PSL
Zippy/Emacs HG2
Zippy/Emacs HP2

Tier 2 Brands - Top Quality components With Top Notch Stability - For Those With Price/Availability Issues With Tier 1
Antec Neo HE
Antec EarthWatts
Antec TruePower Trio
Antec TruePower Quattro
Akasa PowerGreen 80+
BFG ES
CoolMax CTG-750W/850W/1KW
Cooler Master Real Power Pro >800W
Cooler Master Ultimate/UCP
Cooltek CT
Corsair HX
Corsair VX
Corsair TX
Enermax Liberty
Enermax Infiniti
Enhance ENP-GH
Fortron (FSP) GLN
Hiper Type-M >650W
Hiper Type-R >650W
iStarUSA PD2
iStarUSA PD3
OCZ GameXStream <1000W (only if manufactured in December 2007 or later)
OCZ StealthXStream (only if manufactured in December 2007 or later)
OCZ EvoStream
OCZ ProXStream
PCP&C Silencer <610
Seasonic S12
Seasonic M12
Seasonic Energy Plus
SevenTeam ST <600
Silverstone EF
Silverstone OP/DA <700W
Supermicro/AbleCom
Thermaltake Toughpower >600W
Xclio GreatPower
Xclio StablePower
Xigmatek MC
Xigmatek HC
Ultra X3
Ultra X-Pro
Zalman ZM <1000watt

Tier T - High Quality PSUs Made With Topower Internals - Less Rail Stability Compared To Tier 2 But Still Better than Tier 3
ABS-Tagan ITZ/BZ <1000W
Mushkin Enhanced
Tagan U95
Tagan U25
Tagan U15
Tagan U22
OCZ PowerStream
BFG 800W

Tier 3 Brands - High Quality and Stability, Second Only To Tier 2 Brands
Acbel Polycom
AMS Mercury
Akasa PaxPower
Akasa PowerPlus (>500W Models)
Antec Phantom
Antec TruePower III
Antec TruePower II
Antec TrueControl II
Antec Signature
Antec NeoPower 480W (Old Model)
Athena Power Space Shuttle Series
Be Quiet Dark Power Pro
BFG LS
Channel Well
Cooler Master Real Power Pro <800W
Cooler Master iGreen
Enermax Maximum Plus
Enermax Noistaker II
Enermax Noisetaker
Enermax Whisper II
Enermax CoolerGiant
Enhance ENS-G
Epower Xscale
Fortron (FSP) GLC
Fortron (FSP) THN
Fortron AX
Fortron HLN
Fortron PFN/PN/PA
NorthQ
Rosewill RP 2 (temperature sensitive)
Rosewill Xtreme/RX
Seasonic Super Versatile
Sigma SP
Silverstone F
Sparkle FSP
Spire Rocketeer V/VI
Sunbeam Nuuo
Thermaltake Purepower RX
Thermaltake Toughpower <600W
XG Magnum
X-Spice Kira
Zalman ZM 1000watt


Tier 4 - Not Recommend With Tier 3 In same Price/Wattage Range
Aerocool
Asus Atlas
BFG 1000W
Cooler Master eXtreme (subtract 100watts from labeled wattage)
Delta
Enlight
E-Power
Futurepower
OCZ GameXStream <1000W (if manufactured before December 2007)
OCZ StealthXStream (if manufactured before December 2007)
Hiper Type-M
HIPRO
Lite-On
Masscool
MGE XG
Mushkin HP
NorthQ 4775-500S/BU
OCZ Modstream
Scythe Kamariki
Sigma Shark
Sintek
TTGI/Superflower
Ultra Xfinity
Ultra X2 <750W
Ultra XVS

Tier 5 - Other than the units listed above for any of these brands, NOT RECOMMENDED
A-TOP Technology
APEX (SUPERCASE/ALLIED)
Aspire(Turbo Case)
ATADC
Athena Power
ATRIX
Broadway Com Corp
Coolmax
Deer
Diablotek
Dynapower USA
Dynex
EagleTech
FOXCONN
HEC Orion
Hiper Type-R
I-Star Computer Co. Ltd
In Win
JPAC COMPUTER
Just PC
Kingwin Inc.
Linkworld Electronics
Logisys Computer
MGE
MSI
NMEDIAPC
Norwood Micro/ CompUSA
NorthQ
NZXT
OCZ GameXStream 1010watt
Powmax
Q-Tec
Raidmax
Rocketfish
Rosewill
SFC
Shuttle
Skyhawk
Spire Coolers
Star Micro
STARTECH
Thermaltake Purepower NP
Thermaltake TR2
TOPOWER TOP
Ultra X-Connect
Wintech
XION
YoungYear
Zebronics


Edited by charge06, 14 September 2008 - 10:16 PM.

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Thanks very much! This was incredibly helpful.
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