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Somethingtodo's PSU roundup

Discussion in 'GH Archive' started by backslang, 15 Feb 2004.

  1. One More Solo

    Capodecina

    Joined: 29 Dec 2004

    Posts: 16,208

    Location: Manchester

    D'oh. If I'd known that at the time I would've bought a different case. Is it possible to change OCUK orders that haven't been looked at yet?
     
  2. backslang

    Mobster

    Joined: 3 Oct 2003

    Posts: 4,394

    Location: out there

    if you give them a ring they might be able to help you.
     
  3. One More Solo

    Capodecina

    Joined: 29 Dec 2004

    Posts: 16,208

    Location: Manchester

    Have to call first thing on Monday to try and catch them. Found a Thermaltake 480W PSU for £50 that's highly rated so going to give that a try and sell the old PSU to recoup some costs if I can't get through.
     
  4. backslang

    Mobster

    Joined: 3 Oct 2003

    Posts: 4,394

    Location: out there

    good luck with it mate, let me know how you get on.
    you must be as bored as me...on the computer on new years eve:(
     
  5. Munkyman

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 8 Jan 2005

    Posts: 1,857

    Location: Coventry

    I've got a Qtec in my pc. Sounds like a hairdryer:mad:

    I'm buying a Tagan 480 next week. :D
     
  6. Spleen Sauce

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 16 Jan 2005

    Posts: 1,659

    Location: UK

    Just ordered my upgrade from OcUK (ASUS A8V, 3500+ Winchester) and unfortunately I am one of those shamed people who have a 550w q-tec. I bought it out of desperation about a year ago when my old PSU went up in smoke, it was all I could afford at the time. In fairness, it has been rock solid but very loud. I'm looking to upgrade it very soon as I don't really want to run my new hardware on it for very long. I've been looking at the Antec Neopower, looks very good. Also heard good things after reading this thread about the Tagan PSUs. Price range is about £75 maximum. What would you recommend for the money? I want as quiet as possible and enough juice to last a good while. Thanks in advance.
     
  7. backslang

    Mobster

    Joined: 3 Oct 2003

    Posts: 4,394

    Location: out there

    Enermax Noisetaker 485W EG495AX-VE(G)
    or
    Akasa Ultra Quiet 460W Paxpower Active PFC ATX2.0 PSU - Black Nickel with Blue LED Fan
     
  8. Spleen Sauce

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 16 Jan 2005

    Posts: 1,659

    Location: UK

    Thanks for the advice. I bought an Akasa Ultra Quiet 460W Paxpower Active PFC ATX2.0 PSU - Black Nickel with Blue LED Fan.
     
  9. MaxPower

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Jan 2005

    Posts: 1,053

    Location: Bognor Regis

    I got given a Qtech 550w PSU for my new rig, I thought well i havent heard of the brand but its 550 that should be more than enough, then i read the overview on it do you guys think i should bin it and get a decent one, if so can anyone recommend a good, quiet one to power the following:

    Abit AA8 3rd eye (ATX 2.0)
    3Ghz pentium 4
    2x 512Mb RAM
    2x SATA 120GB drives
    2x Optical

    With a bit of leway for OCs

    sorry for the newbie question.
     
  10. IamMed

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 2 Oct 2003

    Posts: 1,161

    Location: Porthcawl (S.Wales)

    475w enermax noisetaker
    460w akasa paxpower
    (have both of these in 425w and 400w formats and theyre both very quiet)
    out of the 2 id recommend enermax over the akasa, as out of the ones i have the rails are stronger the akasa is just under 12v where as the enermax is just over

    but theyre both good psus
     
  11. MAllen

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Feb 2003

    Posts: 2,236

    Location: Brighton, UK

    Dodgey - there was a noticable difference when I replaced a 450w Q-Tech with a 480w Tagan.

    Especially in my case as I am running three SCSI drives, DVD, CD-R, six fans, SCSI card and chunky graphics card. As well as a slight overclock. The whole system is much more stable now. :)

    The Q-Tech looks pretty in gold - but that is it. When you purchase your new supply, feel the weight difference between it and the old Q-Tatt. There is a rough rule of the heavier the PSU is, the better quality. The weight of my Tagan could kill someone.. :D
     
  12. Joe42

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Jan 2005

    Posts: 4,171

    Location: Northants

  13. MaxPower

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Jan 2005

    Posts: 1,053

    Location: Bognor Regis

    I find it very strange that my Q-tec doesnt mount the correct way up its upside down the fans are correct so there is one on the bottom and one at the back but the labels and the lip are up the wrong way STRANGE.

    thanks for the advice might go with the 485w enermax noisetaker because the name sounds quiet LOL.

    My PC is very stable non-the-less
     
    Last edited: 21 Jan 2005
  14. Dr Who

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 11 Nov 2004

    Posts: 8,161

    Location: Dartford

    My Brand new q-tec 600w exploded first time I switched on!!! Yes sparks, flames, fizzing and banging... Think it probably toasted the Mobo s well :(

    The Enermax 550w it replaced had lived for 2-3 years turned on 24/7...
     
  15. MaxPower

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Bognor Regis

    Blimey :O
     
  16. alterion

    Gangster

    Joined: 22 Oct 2004

    Posts: 243

    The front table nneds updating with which ones are ATX v2.0 compliant
     
  17. Joe42

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Jan 2005

    Posts: 4,171

    Location: Northants

    And coolermaster realpower needs to be added!
     
  18. backslang

    Mobster

    Joined: 3 Oct 2003

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    Location: out there

    does anybody else want to take over this thread?
    Would be good as i dont post here that often anymore.
    We could ask one of the dons to arrange for it to be allowed to be edited by another member who has the time or something.
     
  19. Clarkey

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 18,222

    Akasa paxpower 400w mini-review

    Just installed my new akasa paxpower 400w PSU.

    First impressions were that 'wow this box is heavy' this thing must weigh a good 2kg, quite a heavyweight compared to my old antec.
    Opened the box, removed the bubble wrap to reveal the fantastic looking black nickel box (with black nickel fan guard and mounting screws).
    Most of the cables were braided in nice black braiding, however the ends are not, which is wierd, could be better but its not half bad as it is.
    Keeping the cables neat was easy feeding all but 2 of them behind the motherboard tray, the 24->20pin ATX connector is a little unsightly but I guess for those with 24pin motherboards its not an issue.
    Now the only reason I bought this thing was for silence to complement my water cooling system. I was slightly worried that i would be dissapointed after reading what other people on here have said. However, I pressed the on button, the soft glow from the blue LED 120mm fan lit up, and I was not dissapointed at all after all, my machine now makes only a very feint whirring sound, you wouldnt hear it unless you were specifically listening for it.

    Overall i'm very impressed, for the price (£49 delivered) i think its unbeatable, the build quality is nothing short of superb, finish is fantastic, noise is very quiet indeed, and voltages seem fine.
     
  20. DJsean

    Gangster

    Joined: 16 Nov 2004

    Posts: 412

    Location: Leicester

    I was selling my 9600XT GFX card in MM and thought - "Hang on, I need a PSU too!" Eureka,

    note added - "May also swap for a decent PSU or RAM"

    Was offered a GlobalWin 520W (Non-Sapphire) but still very nice - snapped their hand off based on the info withing this thread - thanks a lot people!!!