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Old 10-08-2013, 10:52 AM   #1
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Hello.

I've been using my OCZ StealthXStream 600W for 5.5 years now. Recently, I've bought a new PC case which has a bottom PSU mount. StealthXStreams's 42cm long ATX 24pin and 8pin connectors are too short for this kind of case.
Extension cables cost $15 for me.

I'm considering to buy a new PSU.

Our mains are 220V and grid quality is sub mediocre. Voltage dips are common.
Without a UPS, a good PSU is a must have.

My system is an intel Z77 with 2500K and GTX 560TI or GTX680. 3 HDDs, several 12cm LED fans and some LED lights. I have also mild overclocking in mind and considering the sweet spot of the efficiency curve of the PSU's, 600-750W would be good choice for me.
My budget is $100 and maybe a few dollars more.
I always prefer to pay more if a specific model has a modular cabling system alternative. It's good to have but not a necessity.

Here are the models available to me with their final prices:

* Akasa Venom 750W - 102$
Review: http://vr-zone.com/articles/akasa-ve...w/15479.html/1
OEM: Andyson
Moderate component quality. All Teapo caps.
Pros: Price, Modular Cabling
Cons: Not very efficient.
I couldn't find much info about this one.

* OCZ Fatal1ty Series 750W modular - 105$
Review: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...ly-Review/1019
OEM: Sirfa/High Power
Same problem. Too short ATX cable. 42cm. Skipped this one.

* Corsair CX600M - 106$
Review: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/C.../CX600M/1.html
OEM: CWT
DSAII Platform with better components. Mediocre component quality with CapXon caps.
Pros: Price, Long cables, good efficiency, modular
Cons: Small primary Cap. Rated continuous full power temp is 30C. Short life expectancy because of secondary capxon caps.

* FSP Raider 650W - 105$
Review: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...-Review/1610/1
OEM: FSP
Budget version of Aurum Gold series. Teapo Caps. Synchronous design.
Pros: Very high efficiency for a bronze psu.
Cons: Somewhat bad voltage regulation and ripple characteristics at high loads.

*FSP Raider 750W - 110$
Review: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/...upply_review/1
OEM: FSP
Similar to the 650W.
[H] says: "sucktastic" voltage regulation

* OCZ ModXstream Pro Modular - 97$
Review: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2009/...0w_40c_update/
OEM: Sirfa
Controversial product.
Folks say it can't deliver it's rated power.

* Xigmatek Centauro 700W Modular (XTX-CB-0700M) - 111$
Review: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php...Story&reid=294
OEM: Sirfa
Moderate quality with all Teapo Caps. Independently modulated double forward design.
Pros: Modular, Good price for its range, good cross-load results, good voltage regulation and ripple results
Cons: Could not find any
So far it's the most promising product for me.

* OCZ ZS 750W - 97$
* OCZ ZS 650W - 85$
Review: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...-Review/1361/1
OEM: Sirfa
High Quality Chemi-Con caps!
Pros: Excellent voltage regulation and ripple values. Excellent price.
Cons: I couldn't find any.
Correct me if this is wrong but these units look like the Xigmatek Centauro above with better caps but without modular cabling.

I'm reviewing the reviews and writing this info here. Infos may not be correct if I misunderstood something.
There are more PSUs available to me in this range. I'm continuing to search info for them.
Other PSUs:

Thermaltake Toughpower 600W - 102$
Xilence XP700 Gaming Edition - 106$
Thermaltake TR2 600W - 115$
Xilence XP750 Gaming Edition Modular - 115$
Seasonic M12II 620W - 106$
High Power HPG-750BR-H12S 750W - 90$
High Power HPC-750-B14S - $101
High Power HPG-750BR-H14C (Element Smart 750S) - 106$

Suggestions appreciated.

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The Seasonic M12II is probably the best, but if you don't need it to be modular, then the OCZ ZS series 650W is also a good power supply.
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The Seasonic M12II is probably the best, but if you don't need it to be modular, then the OCZ ZS series 650W is also a good power supply.
Thanks for the reply.
I've made my decision towards the OCZ ZS 750W.

I hope this will last as long as the old OCZ StealthXstream 600W which is 5.5 years old.
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It should easily outlast it. IIRC, you had to recap your StealthXstream. You won't have that with the ZS.
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