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    Guys i need your opinions on which to get..

    Globalwin 520W super silent 19DBA from here
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatal...alwin_psu.html

    or

    Thermaltake 480W from here http://www.overclock.co.uk/customer/...=17202&cat=482

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    Aerocool power II from here http://www.overclock.co.uk/customer/...=17218&cat=484

    many thanks in advance!

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    Well I dont know about the other two, but Im looking at butterfly 480 as we speak, and the thing just oozes coolness. Not only that, buts its very stable, puts out a ton of power, and could easily be the last ATX power supply you purchase.

    The lighting effects arent somthing a picture can't capture, there are 7 different lights that fade from color to color, and they shine off tha fans and make this really neat effect. Im in love with this PSU. :)

    Edit: Oh yeah, and the cable management is great and very flexible.
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    I'd recommend the Thermaltake Butterfly. It is by far the most stable and consistant PSU I've tested to date and is the one I use in my personal system.
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    I see... so you guys recommend the Thermaltake buterfly.. many thanks man! yah i've read the reviews on that PSu here at tweaktown.
    many thanks!

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    lost power, pc bsod'd
    shut off, power comes back
    push button to turn on pc, nothing happens
    figure psu finally died
    swap it out
    plug everything in, push button
    nothing happens
    unplug everything, replug it
    push button, hear a pop
    see a 2" flame coming from vid card:eek: :snip:

    yes, 2" flame

    take everything out except 1 stick of ram, and it won't boot at all

    figure this psu is dead too, so i need a new one:tears:




    butterfly? ok, looks good i guess

    BUT, that psu is only 480w, and this pic, http://www.thermaltake.com/images/po.../1st/1920a.gif , looks like the wires are REALLY short - not good in a full tower chieftech case, as opposed to this one: http://lib1.store.vip.sc5.yahoo.com/.../sapphire5.jpg and this one: http://www.systemcooling.com/images/.../image2big.jpg

    i like the look of the globalwin 520 , and it better fits the "theme" (all blue LED /CCD and aluminum/black)

    and noise factor too, i'd like it to be a bit quieter than my last one - it was a screamer

    so i'm not sure which is better...


    i have 6 harddrives, plus 2 optical, plus 4 80mm fans, plus 4 CCD, plus the big honker cpu hs/f, cooling a . ... well, might still be a xp2600, and a radeon 9800 pro 128



    oh yeah, radeon covered under warranty, got it replaced already, but my cpu ram, and board i won't know until i get another psu and plug it all in
    the rest of the cards are ok, as i am sure the drives are (at least the main one, with the system is ok as i have that in this system so i can axx files)

    so, i need to power a lotta stuff, and i gotta do it CHEAP...

    :shrug:
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    The Thermaltake PSU mentioned has a 480 watt constant power band. It can take this load at all times and has a 550w peak load rating (good for when all HDDs power up at once during boot-up).
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    ok, so it's 550 peak, the others are 550 normal with 650 or so peak

    just how much go-juice does 6 7200rpm drives, a radeon9800pro, 5 fans, 4 ccd, a cpu fan and at least 1 cdrom working (writing or reading) at a time suck down?

    is 480 really gonna be enough?



    and, looking at the picture of that butterfly one, the wires really don;t look long enough to reach the bottom of the full tower cheiftech case i have...

    anyone here actually own any one of these 3 psu?


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    You seem to be going out of your way to talk down the Thermaltake unit, but the choice is yours. I simply gave an answer based on testing I have done while reviewing several power supplies. There are many good quality units to choose from, but I doubt you'll find a 650w peak rating on the higher powered models. In fact, you'll likely find that several manufacturers use their peak load ratings to sell their product line. Choose whatever power supply makes you happy.

    In regards to the cabling, however, you'll find they do indeed reach to the far corners of the larger cases. They are made to be used with the Thermaltake Xaser series enclosures, which are themselves Chieftec/UNEEC clones.

    To discover what sort of power levels you'll be running, try THIS LINK. While simplistic, it gives you a good idea as to what sort of power needs you'll be looking at.
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    yikes

    according to that link, i need a minimum of 546w psu!


    not deliberatly trying to lay the smackdown on the Tt unit, but at only 480w, it just may not be able to handle what i need

    the aerocool unit was knocked down in other reviews as only 70% efficiency, and being too loud, so i think that one's just out (but it sure looks good!)

    spec sheet on the globalwin says min 63% efficiency @450w!
    sure doesn't sound like much


    so i guess i'm stuck with buying a 550w high quality psu, and that measn big $ that i don't have, and not a good idea of who makes one that will handle anything i throw at it


    oh sure, i could go to chumpusa and get a 650w psu off the shelf, but if it aint got the quality and REAL power then it's rather pointless, eh?

    :shrug:


    edit:

    some more poking around and it looks like this one Enermax EG651P-VE at http://www.ajump.com/ajump/product.a...f%5Fid=4030026 is the one to get, only it's $109!!!:tears: :eek:
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    You have to remember that the page I linked to shows maximum power draws from all items working at the same time. The liklihood of this ever occurring are slim to none, so you'll have little worries in that regard. Any PSU that can handle a peak load of 550w or higher should suit your needs just fine.

    One thing to consider, however, is to have your lighting set to be manually turned on after the system has finished the boot process or set it up to work on a second PSU. I know that several of our modding enthusiasts have set their machines to use an older AT PSU for the lighting eddects and use the regular ATX PSU to run the system itself. Might be something to consider.
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