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PaiN
04-28-04, 09:46 AM
My volatges were running low for my tastes. So, I updated from an Antec TruePower 550w to the new Thermaltake SilentPower 560w:
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-153-015&depa=1
and couldn't be more happy, it a great PSU with full colored wire looming, made my neat wiring even neater :D and my +5, +12 and +3.3 are reading over instead on significantly under.

GlowStick
04-29-04, 07:24 PM
Wow, that is one hella oc system man! Nice!

-=DVS=-
04-29-04, 08:09 PM
I nominate Enermax as best PSU :)

Tuork
04-29-04, 09:07 PM
Me wanties!

jAkUp
04-29-04, 09:20 PM
me too... Im in love with my enermax noisetaker... dual 12v rails, and the fans spin for 30 seconds after system power off

marqmajere
04-29-04, 10:56 PM
That's good to hear. I just ordered a Thermaltake Silentpower 420. :)

Omega53
04-29-04, 11:48 PM
you make me feel like my trupower 430w is crappy :(

PaiN
05-02-04, 05:54 PM
you make me feel like my trupower 430w is crappy :(
na...don't feel bad ;)...I'm just super picky...my system was perfectly stable running the Antec...but those damn low volts...errr:)

Pafet
05-04-04, 05:29 PM
What do you mean 550 Watt ?? :eek: Is that a computer or an industrial crematory ???

and if I may ask, what might be the effects of running lower/higher than the stated voltage? mine is WAY OFF so...

Rytr
05-04-04, 08:59 PM
What do you mean 550 Watt ?? :eek: Is that a computer or an industrial crematory ???

and if I may ask, what might be the effects of running lower/higher than the stated voltage? mine is WAY OFF so...

If you run the rail too high out of spec you could damage components (burn up). It your psu is supplying insufficient voltage to the rails you will get instability causing reboots, lockups, etc.

Pafet
05-05-04, 06:50 AM
How important is a good PSU in your opinion?
Is it a risk I'm taking or is it certain I will have problem with bad PSU?
my 3.3V is kinda low and I get a lot of lockups if I dont mess around with BIOS settings and my 12V is realy higher than it should. thats only started when I switched from GF2MX to GF4Ti. thats with a super-generic-low-budget 400W PSU.

Rytr
05-05-04, 07:40 AM
We use to worry about the +3.3 & +5V rails and always recommended 220W combined rating. That has changed with the new processors and now video cards relying on the +12V rail for juice. Now, the output of the +12V should be rated at 18V (preferably more) on the new setups, IMO.
I know many who use generic psu's, some with good success, some not. I just would recommend a 'brand' name 350W psu meeting the above requirements as the minimum. That way the psu is less likely to enter in the equation if you experience instability problems.
IMO, a good reliable psu is a wise investment and should last you a lot longer than many other more expensive components.

Pafet
05-05-04, 12:35 PM
thanks for your help Rytr :)

Richteralan
05-06-04, 01:01 PM
how about Tagan 480W? ;)

Rytr
05-06-04, 02:58 PM
how about Tagan 480W? ;)

I've heard they were of good quality but have not seen any in US.

Rogozhin
05-11-04, 10:50 PM
If you guys really cared you'd be running this infront of your poor little powersupply-it cleans up all that dirty power, makes your hifi/hometheater sound better/and extends the life of that $100 PS.

This is what I use and it has kept my enermax 400watt alive for over 2 years and the voltages are spot on with a huge amount of current draw ;)

http://www.audioadvisor.com/store/productdetail.asp?sku=PWPACKII&product_name=Power%20Pack%20II

rogo

Rytr
05-11-04, 11:07 PM
A good filter will extend the life of delicate electrical components but they are not cheap. For a psu the best bet would probably be a PC Power & Cooling 425W unit as they provide by far the cleanest power readily available for the pc.

Still, thanks for some good advice as clean power is overlooked most of the time.

Clay
05-11-04, 11:10 PM
A good filter will extend the life of delicate electrical components but they are not cheap. For a psu the best bet would probably be a PC Power & Cooling 425W unit as they provide by far the cleanest power readily available for the pc.

Still, thanks for some good advice as clean power is overlooked most of the time.
Yeah, $235! Ouch! :)