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Old January 27, 2010, 05:52 AM
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I am putting together a new rig for a friend. He is not a gamer at all but he wants an decent pc.
I did some searching for PSU's and found this one on sale.
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W ATX 20/24PIN SLI Ready Modular Cables 135mm Fan 80PLUS Power Supply - DirectCanada

Can anyone tell me if this is a good unit for the price?

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Old January 27, 2010, 06:30 AM
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What is the system its going to power like ?
I can't remember which series from OCZ isn't too good as there are some reliability problems, I think its the StealthXtream, but not sure. Anyhow, OCZ isn't part of the prefered brands when it comes to PSU.
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Old January 27, 2010, 06:46 AM
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Good price for a 700 watt unit but........OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w 40C Update - OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w 40C Update | [H]ard|OCP
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Old January 27, 2010, 06:56 AM
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What is the budget? Personally I would never go for a lower end PSU its just too crucial of a component to skimp on. Is there any reason for the 700W or just best price/watt combo? Depending on the system I would suggest going with a quality 500 - 650W PSU (Seasonic, Antec, Cosair, Silverstone).

I like the following:
Silverstone Strider Essential ST50F-ES 500W Power Supply ATX 24PIN 120MM Fan 34A 80+ Black - DirectCanada
Antec Earthwatts 650W Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 EPS12V Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan - DirectCanada
Antec Truepower New 550W Modular Power Supply ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC 80 Plus 120MM PWM Fan - DirectCanada
Corsair VX550W 550W ATX 12V 41A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan - DirectCanada
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Old January 27, 2010, 07:00 AM
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I would stick with vendors like Silverstone Strider PLUs, COrsair TX/HX/VX Models etc etc.

They are your best bet for reliability. I have had no luck with OCZ as of late.

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Old January 27, 2010, 07:03 AM
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It's going to be a I7 920 D0 with probably Radeon 5770.
I guess for an extra $50.00 I can get a Corsair and have a better PSU.

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Old January 27, 2010, 07:06 AM
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Honestly, the Silverstone Striper Plus series is currently the best bang for your buck unless you find a Corsair model on sale.
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Corsair TX650 for $109.99 - $10 Mail-in-Rebate and free shipping at newegg.ca

Newegg.ca - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies


Edit: If you use promo code CEMCYZNV23, you get an additional $5 off.
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I'm going to assume that your budget may be a bit tight for Strider quality (as you were asking about the $49 modstream deal) and mention the OCZ Z-Series 650w for $65 (AR) from DirectCanada. The OCZ-Z series seem pretty basic (made by PC Power & Cooling at least) but are supposed to be 80+ Silver (up to 88% efficient) but not much info/reviews are available yet.
I just picked up this unit (Z-Series 650w) and I'll be testing it out tonight.
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It's going to be a I7 920 D0 with probably Radeon 5770.
I guess for an extra $50.00 I can get a Corsair and have a better PSU.

Thanks,

Dante1

If is not to game ..why a 920... go with a I5 750. you save $ 100 to put on a god PSU
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