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PSU's.........choice..??

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  1. XP-1800

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    In the near future as part of my upgrade, I might be looking for a new PSU.
    At the moment I have a Macron 400W unit, which I have no problem with, as everything works fine.
    I notice that Q-Tech PSU's are very cheap compared to say Enermax etc.
    Anyone have opinions on make of PSU to buy ?
    It is way down on my list of things to upgrade, as my current one seems to work fine, but I quite fancy getting a 400W plus job and would welcome your opinons.....:)
    Thanks.
     
  2. dustyjay

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    What you want is the best quality you can even remotely afford. I would sugget an enermax or Antec, or Kingwin of at least 450W. There are other brands as well. But you dont want to get a cheapo PSU only to havew it either give out on you or worse blow your comonents as it gives out on you. a PSU with temp controled fan would be nice. And remember a lot of the PSU requirement is going to depend on what you are putting in your system therefore on the PSU.
     
  3. zeddy

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    Your current PSU is fine. When you are looking to upgrade it will most likely still be fine, if you fancy a change then Enermax or Antec are good (but not cheap).
     
  4. XP-1800

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    Thanks zeddy and dustyjay.
    I am in the process of upgrading, and have changed the mobo and gfx card, so I now have:
    XP Pro.
    XP1800 + Aero 7 lite
    Abit NF7-S v2.0
    2 x 256 'no-name' PC2100 DDR
    Creative FX5900
    Macron 400W psu
    Lite-on cd-rw 52x32x52
    cd-rom 32x
    20GB Seagate 5400 hdd.

    So on the list is the cpu, memory and hdd to be changed out.
    The Macron seems pretty sturdy and weighs about a couple of kilos. The wiring seems capable, thick where needed, and plenty of connectors.
    According to Abit EQ the voltages seem within spec.
    But I may well bung in an Antec, Enermax etc but it is way down on the list.
    Thanks for the pointers of what to look for when I do change it.
    Cheers......:)
     
  5. zeddy

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    At the risk of offending your moniker. Why have you not upgraded the 1800XP to something a bit more meatier?
     
  6. XP-1800

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    No offence taken zeddy...............it is on my list............:)
    Am toying between an XP2800 Barton, or the XP3200............tis down to money.
    If I settle for the 2800, then I shall probably get PC2700 memory, but if I can find enough change down the side of the chairs, then the 3200 will need PC3200 memory to match the fsb's.
    As I say, I have started the upgrade with the mobo and gfx card.........the rest is to follow...........easy peasy........just need the money................:D
    I hope to get one item per month, starting soon as I can talk the wife into believing it to be extremely important for our health, and well being..................:D
     
  7. Rockn

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    Antec or if you can afford it PC Power and Cooling.
     
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