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Build Advice New PC build and update old PC - help with PSUs

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by markjw, 5 Apr 2011.

  1. markjw

    markjw What's a Dremel?

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    Hi All,

    Looking to replace my Q6600 based system with a i5 2500K

    Already have spare the following parts (all new and unused from about last November):

    Coolermaster HAF912 case
    Palit GTX460 1Gb graphics
    Hitachi 1Tb 7200rpm SATA drive
    Corsair CX600 power supply

    Looking to purchase:

    Intel i5 2500K processor (retail box - I guess this comes with a heatsink?)
    Asus P8P67 Pro R3 ATX motherboard
    Corsair 4Gb DDR3 1600MHz XMS3 Memory Module CL9(9-9-9-24) 1.5V (a pair of them for 8Gb)
    Samsung SH-S223 SATA DVD-RW

    None of the parts from the Q6600 system are going to be used in the new setup as it will probably become my office machine.

    However, I have seen quite a few comments on here about people not liking the newer Corsair CX series power supplies so do I use it for the i5 rig or relegate it to powering a C2D E6400 system (2 HDDs and 8600GT graphics)

    If I use the CX600 for powering the i5 rig then what is suggested for the C2D system as its' existing PSU is a real cheap and nasty (will not name names!) else what to get for the i5 (looking about the £60-70 region) - overall buget is £470-£500

    Also any comments on the overall spec appreciated as this will be my first new build in around 3 years.

    Thanks,
    Mark
     
  2. Deders

    Deders Modder

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    I think it's the price of the CX600 that most people have issue with, a CX400 will probably do for the office comp.

    The retail boxed CPU will come with a heatsink, OEM's usually don't.

    If you do want a new PSU for your i5 rig then you can't go too far wrong with an Antec truepower new 650.
     
  3. N17 dizzi

    N17 dizzi Multimodder

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    If you need a new psu either way, you might aswell buy a capable one now and pop your cx 600w in the old rig

    LN28584
    650W Antec TruePower New
    £69.56

    LN32263
    Gelid Tranquillo 4 Heatpipe + PWM, Silent 120 Fan S775/1366/1156/1155
    £26.36

    LN31410 Samsung SH-S223C/RSMS, 22x DVD±R, 8x DVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, x12 RAM, SATA, Retail (Today only)
    £14.10

    LN37506
    Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked, 1155, Sandy Bridge, Quad Core, 3.3GHz, GPU 850Mhz, 6MB Cache, 95W, OEM
    £162.18

    LN38031
    Asus P8P67 Pro Rev3, Intel P67, S1155, PCI-E 2.0 x16, DDR3 2200(OC), SATA 6Gb/s, SATA

    £148.40

    LN37493
    4GB (2x2GB) Corsair XMS3 Classic DDR3 PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, 1.5V
    £39.74

    Net Total £383.63
    Carriage £7.99
    VAT £78.31
    Total £469.93


    Make a couple more posts and you'll be able to get free shipping from Scan!
     
  4. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    The Corsair Builder Series (CX430, CX500, CX600) are okay, jonnyguru gave them 9 out of 10.

    The negativity about them came about from the fact that Corsair wouldn't send any out for review on the basis that those who read reviews wouldn't be interested in them - a bit mistaken in my opinion. In addition, they failed to get 80 Plus certification by literally a percentage point or less yet a lot of etailers/retailers were stating that they were "up to 80% efficient".

    That said, I would put one in a budget build, I just wouldn't use one in a high spec rig. The +12v single is going to limit the GPU choices. If I was building a gaming rig around any GPU higher than a 5770 or GTX 460, I wouldn't use one. In addition, if I was building a rig to overclock (CPU or GPU) I also wouldn't use one.

    Corsair are about to release version 2 of the CX range which HAVE attained 80 Plus certification - they replaced some of the internal components with better quality ones.

    The thing about PSU's to remember is that they last throughout multiple PC upgrades if you get a good one. There is no point buying a cheap one only to have to replace it in a year because you have bought a more powerful graphics card.

    For the sake of an extra £15-ish more than the CX600, you can get the fantastic quality Antec TruePower New 650w (usually £59 on Scan's Today Only page at least once a week) for example.

    In your particular case, you can use the CX600 with the new rig whilst you save for a better quality one, then transfer it into your second rig or you can buy a decent one now. It depends on your budget.
     
  5. MrTeal

    MrTeal Minimodder

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    Jonnyguru only tested the CX430, last time I checked there were still no qualified reviews on the CX500 or CX600. This is one of the few occasions where I take a jonnyguru review which a heavy pinch of salt.
     
  6. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    Hmmm, true but I am assuming that the manufacturer of the CX430 is the same as the CX500 & CX600. I could be wrong though.

    Have you seen this by the way (bottom of list)?

    http://www.plugloadsolutions.com/80PlusPowerSuppliesDetail.aspx?id=25&type=2
     
  7. MrTeal

    MrTeal Minimodder

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    Yes they use the same OEM. Yes I am aware of the updated CXs (CXV2).
     
  8. Deders

    Deders Modder

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    I've seen reviews where PSU's in the same series don't always get the same scores, the Trupower new 650 and 750 is a good example. All 650 reviews are glowing but for some reason the 750's either fall just just outside of ATX spec on one of their rails or some other factor comes into play and they only get a score of around 70%

    Best to double check to be sure.
     
  9. murraynt

    murraynt Modder

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    Ebuyer are selling a 450 watt antec PSU for 29 pounds ATM
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/245675
    Good buy.

    It will be enough power for either rig but I would probably put it in the office rig.
     
  10. Cus_de_Sparta65

    Cus_de_Sparta65 "There is no dremel"

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    Great find Murraynt :thumb:
     
  11. murraynt

    murraynt Modder

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    I can't take the credit. It's up on the market place only markjw wouldn't be able to view it.
     
  12. markjw

    markjw What's a Dremel?

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    thanks for all the comments - decided on the following:

    1. Q6600 rig stays 'as-is' apart from a re-install of Windows
    2. C2D E6400 rig gets the CX600 PSU
    3. i5 2500K rig gets a new PSU - probably the Antec TruePower New 650W from comments

    Cost comes out to about £490 + delivery so just on the top end of budget.

    Only problem I have now is with the CX600 - long cables in a short case
     
  13. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    Price it up at Scan, make sure to check their Today Only page for daily deals. compare these prices with Ebuyer to see who sells it cheaper. Ebuyer do a free delivery option if you are prepared to wait up to five days for it to arrive (usually sooner though).

    With one more post in this forum you qualify for free delivery from them as well. With the saving you can buy some cable extensions which are only a few quid.

    Free delivery from Scan details here: http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=186923.
     

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