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Old December 3, 2008, 05:54 PM
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Angry Stupid OCZ EliteXStream 800!!!!

FLUCK! This is the second time this model has died on me. The first time I was running X48 on a surge protector. I suspected dirty power. This time I was running Skulltrail on an APC SmartUPS, so now I know this is unreliable, or I just have really, really shitty luck.

Kinda frustrated. Made a very long useless trip out of town, only to come home to see my power supply is dead -- 14 HOURS before I am set to leave Montreal for Toronto for TWO weeks.

Yeah, just wanted to vent. OCZ cross shipped for me last time, they at least have excellent customer service. This time they're going to swap it for a GameXStream 850W, the dude said that a couple of other people complained and that solved their problem. The EliteXStream 800 is essentially their top-of-the-line PSU, it has excellent efficiency, but the reliability sucks. How reliable is that GameXStream 850? Is it any good?
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Old December 3, 2008, 05:57 PM
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They are all still based off Forton Epsilon units IIRC which aren't very good under a heavy load.
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Old December 3, 2008, 06:07 PM
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Bah. The system was idle the whole time I was gone. Guess I need to order a more efficient PSU. Any suggestions in the sub-$150 range? Preferably with at least 3 PCIe connectors (I will connect an EPS power connector adapter to one of them, since Skulltrail needs 2 CPU power connections; the other 2 are for my two video cards).
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Bah. The system was idle the whole time I was gone. Guess I need to order a more efficient PSU. Any suggestions in the sub-$150 range? Preferably with at least 3 PCIe connectors (I will connect an EPS power connector adapter to one of them, since Skulltrail needs 2 CPU power connections; the other 2 are for my two video cards).
You have an amazing (Skulltrail, 8gb ram, etc) system and you want to cheap out on the PSU?

This is $269 and is one of the best PSU's around.

NCIX.com - Buy Corsair HX1000W CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX 20/24PIN ATX 80A 12V Afc Modular Power Supply W/ 140MM Fan - CMPSU-1000HX In Canada.

For under $150, I'd check out the 750W Corsair:

NCIX.com - Buy Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan - CMPSU-750TX In Canada.
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I haven't seen any reviews of the GameXStream 850, but the GameXStream line in general seems to get lukewarm reviews.

As an alternative, you could consider PC Power & Cooling. Although they're now owned by OCZ, they seem to still be held in fairly high regard. Infonec is selling the 750 watt version for $129, or $99 if you believe in mail-in-rebates. I use this one personally and it hasn't given me any trouble yet, although I've only had it for about a month. Infonec Computers - Computer parts Canada, PC Components, laptop computers, motherboards, processors, CPU’s and much more : Silencer S75CF 750 Quad (Crossfire Edition)
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Dude screw the ocz i just got all of my gear for my skulltrail build and i sure as hell did not cheap out on a PSU i think i got the best one out
Koolance 1300 watt watercooled on 220 its 1700 watt but i aint going to touch that...........

or think about coolermasters 1250watt i have had to of them and i never had any problems
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You have an amazing (Skulltrail, 8gb ram, etc) system and you want to cheap out on the PSU?

This is $269 and is one of the best PSU's around.

NCIX.com - Buy Corsair HX1000W CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX 20/24PIN ATX 80A 12V Afc Modular Power Supply W/ 140MM Fan - CMPSU-1000HX In Canada.

For under $150, I'd check out the 750W Corsair:

NCIX.com - Buy Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan - CMPSU-750TX In Canada.
I wouldn't say $150 is really cheaping out for my system. If I had more power-hungry cards or QX9775s, yeah. 1000W is excessive for me, I am not running triple GTX 280s. Besides, it's too long to fit in my case the way I have it set up. That TX750W looks good though. Well within my price range after PP and MIR.

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I haven't seen any reviews of the GameXStream 850, but the GameXStream line in general seems to get lukewarm reviews.

As an alternative, you could consider PC Power & Cooling. Although they're now owned by OCZ, they seem to still be held in fairly high regard. Infonec is selling the 750 watt version for $129, or $99 if you believe in mail-in-rebates. I use this one personally and it hasn't given me any trouble yet, although I've only had it for about a month. Infonec Computers - Computer parts Canada, PC Components, laptop computers, motherboards, processors, CPU’s and much more : Silencer S75CF 750 Quad (Crossfire Edition)
Always liked PC P&C. How does the S75CF compare to the aforementioned TX750W?

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Dude screw the ocz i just got all of my gear for my skulltrail build and i sure as hell did not cheap out on a PSU i think i got the best one out
Koolance 1300 watt watercooled on 220 its 1700 watt but i aint going to touch that...........

or think about coolermasters 1250watt i have had to of them and i never had any problems
Ehh, overkill for my needs. More of a niche product for, well, XtremeSystems guys. You know, the hardcore computer dudes. On a scale of 1-10 of hardcoreness, I'd say I'm about a 6.
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Mmmm... Asking people to compare the Silencer to the TX, probably the two most popular and recommended PSU's on HWC besides the HX620, this could be interesting. I have the S75QB, the regular, black version, and even with a Quad and two GTX+'s running F@H 24/7 I never hear it. They are built like tanks. I do have a Corsair HX520 in my other machine and don't hear it either...
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Old December 3, 2008, 08:44 PM
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First of all, I would take an OCZ EliteXstream 800W in the same quality bracket as the Corsair TX750W. Make no mistake about it, the EXS is one of the better PSUs out there.

However, if OCZ is going to swap it for a GameXstream, I would tell them where to shove it. The GSX isn't even in the same league as the Impervio-built EliteXstream.
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