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Created On: 04/13/2007 07:59 PM
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 04/13/2007 07:59 PM
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Zozio
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So now its time to pick out a case and PSU. I was thinking of something like this:
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=13954 ($50 after pricematch)
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=23507 ($73 after pricematch)

All opinions and suggestions are welcome.

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 04/13/2007 09:06 PM
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Both good as far as I'm concerned Case I'd switch just cause I don't care a whole lot for the look of the centurions but that's your choice so yea, but the PSU looks decent/good.
 04/13/2007 09:22 PM
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Pretty good PSU, its Silverstone counterpart did very well in Jonny Guru's review. As for the case...There isn't too much you can mess up with an aluminum/steel box, other than lack of fan mounts maybe.

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 04/14/2007 02:44 PM
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@shazaam - what cases do you like?

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 04/14/2007 05:50 PM
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Thermaltake- Tsunami, Armor or Armour(...? dunno what they called)
Lian-Li- Well I like a lot V-1100, PC-A10A/B, PC-B20A/B, PC-101A/B
Antec- 900, P180, P160,
Gigabyte- 3d Aurora 570
NZXT- Nemesis Elite, Trinity
Zalman- Fatal1ty(under the condition that there are no Fatal1ty logos on it )
Raidmax- Smilodon
Xion- Solaris, Hydraulic(eh, decent I guess),
Xclio- umm yea, seen this too ... http://www.newegg.com/Product/...x?Item=N82E16811103011 ... That's fucking insane :S
Sorry for no links but they can be found on performance-pcs and newegg If I were to get a new case it'd be a lian-li. Cost more, but I know I'd love it.
 04/24/2007 01:37 PM
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so zozio, what'd you get? OR are getting?
 04/24/2007 06:24 PM
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They have the Ultra Aluminus and Ultra 700 Psu for like 140 bucks at tigerdirect

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 04/25/2007 12:07 AM
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Originally posted by: elite_athlon

They have the Ultra Aluminus and Ultra 700 Psu for like 140 bucks at tigerdirect

Yet the Enhance 5150GH is a better psu, for half as much money. How does TigerDirect do it?

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 04/25/2007 11:32 AM
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Easy, Tigerdirect and Ultra are sister companies. They are both part of Systemax.

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 04/25/2007 07:22 PM
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Originally posted by: myocardia

Originally posted by: elite_athlon



They have the Ultra Aluminus and Ultra 700 Psu for like 140 bucks at tigerdirect


Yet the Enhance 5150GH is a better psu, for half as much money. How does TigerDirect do it?

Maybe you should think before you post, YOU GET A ***** CASE AND PSU for 140 bucks the case alone is worth $90

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Edited: 04/25/2007 at 07:23 PM by elite_athlon
 04/25/2007 07:41 PM
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The new XVS units are very good units. IIRC they are Andyson- made server-quality units.

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 04/25/2007 08:03 PM
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Originally posted by: Silk_the_Absent1

The new XVS units are very good units. IIRC they are Andyson- made server-quality units.



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Thats what I'm saying

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 04/25/2007 10:17 PM
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I got the enhance 500w PSU and the centurion 5 case. Unfortunately the centurion 5 case went out of stock after i ordered it so I won't get that for a while. I got the PSU yesterday. I'm currently installing xp so I might be able to get some benchies to you tonight.

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 04/25/2007 11:09 PM
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ooooooo, sweet, maybe pics too..?
 05/02/2007 09:30 AM
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Try these:-

Case, Akasa Zen

PSU Tagan 580W Silent 2 Force.

Since I bought the former, which has two 12cm Fans front and rear, the pc has ticked along really well.

Also, there is a duct which takes air in to cool the CPU, by 4 degrees C.

Soon I shall be upgrading the PSU to a Tagan 700W Dual Transformer PSU.

At present both the Zen looks like being a shrewd move.

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 05/02/2007 01:47 PM
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as long as Tagan continues to use topower internals, I wouldn't buy one. the 500w enhance Zozio bought has much better internals

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 05/02/2007 06:38 PM
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Originally posted by: MrWicked1968

as long as Tagan continues to use topower internals, I wouldn't buy one. the 500w enhance Zozio bought has much better internals


still have no idea if you're being sarcastic or serious lol. I thought about this so long when you first posted it, just seen it again and I still don't know
 05/02/2007 06:54 PM
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It's the efficiency. Topower hasn't been making them as efficient as they used to.

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 05/03/2007 04:07 AM
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Originally posted by: shazaam
still have no idea if you're being sarcastic or serious lol. I thought about this so long when you first posted it, just seen it again and I still don't know


I'm not being sarcastic at all. take a look at this page of jonnyguru's review of the 530w Tagan easycon modular PSU.

Page 2

The voltage regulation on the 12V rail was horrible, dropping from 12V to 11.59V going from test one to four on the 12V2. The 12V1 faired a little better, only dropping to 11.62V, but that was primarily because there was less resistance on the 12V1 (more connectors to spread the load across.)

Once I pushed a 12V rail past 20A, the power supply shut off and the blue LED on the back lit up. It was time to test the "combine rail" switch. I flipped the switch and proceeded to put 25A load on the 12V1 connectors and 8A on what would be the 12V2 connector via the 8-pin EPS+12V connector. Obviously, combining the two 12V rails worked, although voltage certainly wasn't improved any. Later, we'll take a look at how the switch works.

Efficiency was mediocre and there is no power factor correction on this power supply.


while the above review is a bit old, recent topower based psu's haven't performed much better.

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 05/03/2007 01:49 PM
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O my bad, I coulda swore I quoted myocardia's last post. Just to make sure I'm on the right page though, the Ultra has Topower insides? Cause I probably woulda thought about the Ultra case and PSU for $140 like EA said. Well, probably not cause I don't check TD.
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