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    Best 500+ Watt Power supply?

    I wanted to get a good power supply that I will not need to upgrade for 3 years --- Antec True550 550Watt at TCWO.com. What are my other choices? I like Antec because I have used them for 5 + years and never had a problem.
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    Antec and Enermax are your two best bets. They are the only two brand powersupplys I ever buy.
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    Does power supply really affect overclocking if you have more than 350 Watts?
    SRock 939Dual-SATA2 Rev 1.05 OCW Beta 2
    Opteron 165 Denmark at 300*9 @ 1.55 volt
    Memory clock 133
    NB - 800
    SB - 800
    1 GB Samsung DDR400 2.5-3-3-7 1T
    Nvidia FX5900 core 445 memory 891
    Dual fan Aerocool GT-1000 idle 34 C / full 52 C
    Antec 350 Watt X 2
    RAID 0 - 2 * 80 GIG WD 7200 RPM
    MAXTOR 7200 RPM 80 GIG
    SEAGATE 7200 RPM 80 GIG
    Plextor 708A
    Plextor 716A
    Win XP Pro SP2

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    Yes it can when using a high-powered CPU like your XP 2200+. I have the same PS as you and I think it may be hitting the wall on my P4 system. I have a PP412X coming and I'mm gonna see if it helps. In my case, when I OC any P4 to 3 GHz or so, the core voltage drops off considerably as does the +5V rail. Now it could be the mobo regulators or the PS or a combination of the two. But since the PP352X can provide 180W of combined +5V and 3.3V power while the PP412X can go to 245W, I should know better by Monday.

    BTW, I had an XP 2200+ OD'd to 1985 MHz on a Shuttle AK35GT2R that ran rock stable with a 300W PS that was spec'd at 220W combined +5V and 3.3V power. But there really wasn't much else in the box, only a GF4 Ti4200, one HD, a CD-ROM and CD Burner.
    1.Old Antec Case, Asus PC-DL, 2 x 1.6 LV D1 Xeons @ 3 GHz, 2GB Corsair PC3200 @ 200 MHz, Chaintech 6800 128MB AGP

    2. Old Crap Beige Case, Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2H, Core i3 530, 4GB CL8 OCZ DDR3-1600, eVGA GTX465

    3. Asus Pundit mATX Case, MSI AMD Zacate E350/dual core E350IS-E45 mini-ITX, 4GB CL9 Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1333, LG Blu Ray/HD DVD & DVD Burner

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    I will get the Antec 550 just for piece of mind and for bragging rights ;-)
    SRock 939Dual-SATA2 Rev 1.05 OCW Beta 2
    Opteron 165 Denmark at 300*9 @ 1.55 volt
    Memory clock 133
    NB - 800
    SB - 800
    1 GB Samsung DDR400 2.5-3-3-7 1T
    Nvidia FX5900 core 445 memory 891
    Dual fan Aerocool GT-1000 idle 34 C / full 52 C
    Antec 350 Watt X 2
    RAID 0 - 2 * 80 GIG WD 7200 RPM
    MAXTOR 7200 RPM 80 GIG
    SEAGATE 7200 RPM 80 GIG
    Plextor 708A
    Plextor 716A
    Win XP Pro SP2

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    Why would you look ahead 3 years, for power supply requirements? Hardware changes so fast that in 3 years a 1000 watt might be the basic. Three years ago 235 - 250 was an outrages amount of power. I have always found that buy what you need today, and worry about tomarrow when it gets here worked for me.

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    You've got another option:

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    They are the best but they do cost a lot more than the others!
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    PeteAir : you are correct and I should not plan so far in the future but it is nice to have something that will be able to support at least the near future requirements.

    Toolbox: Those are truely nice power supplies but I don't have that much money to spend. Thanks for the info!
    SRock 939Dual-SATA2 Rev 1.05 OCW Beta 2
    Opteron 165 Denmark at 300*9 @ 1.55 volt
    Memory clock 133
    NB - 800
    SB - 800
    1 GB Samsung DDR400 2.5-3-3-7 1T
    Nvidia FX5900 core 445 memory 891
    Dual fan Aerocool GT-1000 idle 34 C / full 52 C
    Antec 350 Watt X 2
    RAID 0 - 2 * 80 GIG WD 7200 RPM
    MAXTOR 7200 RPM 80 GIG
    SEAGATE 7200 RPM 80 GIG
    Plextor 708A
    Plextor 716A
    Win XP Pro SP2

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    You're most welcome, Sir.
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    hey there Toolbox... just had to see how many posts you were up to
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