[SOLVED] Any recommendations for the best PSU for my rig?

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Hello~

My current PSU is creating a very loud rattling noise and It's not the issue of dust or dirt, as I cleaned it thoroughly yesterday. Had this rig for about 7 years now, so I think it's time for a replacement. :tearsofjoy: My previous PSU was a EVGA GS 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply

Here are my PC specs~

Intel i7-4790k

Cooler master hyper 212 evo

Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard

JUHOR DDR3 Ram 16GB (8GBx2) 1600MHz

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

MSI GeForce GTX 970 4 GB GAMING Video Car

Case: Fractal Design Define R5 ATX Mid Tower Case
 

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Appreciate the suggestions. Just a question on dimensions, how do I make sure it will fit my case? Got any recommendations on the cheaper side?
This is your case, right?

ATX Standard PSUs have the same size face only thing that might vary depending on design and capacity (needing to house more components inside, bigger PCB etc.) is the depth/length.

On the case page, under compatability, it says:
  • Power supply type
    ATX
and
  • PSU max length
    190/170 mm with a bottom 120/140 mm fan installed or 300 mm when not using any bottom fan location
None of the above would exceed that as they are almost 16cm long.

As for cheaper ones you said you had the previous PSU for about 7 years. Cheaper ones are of lower quality and usually have shorter warranty periods. 5 years and some are 3 although good quality units made by good OEMs usually have at least 5-6 and longer. Not the most accurate indicator but the length of the warranty period somehow shows how much trust the manufacturer is willing to put on their product. Personally I wouldn't get anything less than 7 years.

Mind you both above ar $120-130 units. They're on offer and I think they are good deals. Maybe others would have some input and recommendations too.
 

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If you're asking for the best, without providing context/limitations with regards to region, availability, quality, wattage and budget, then Seasonic above all else. That being said, how much have you set aside for a PSU purchase, where are you located and what is your preferred site for purchase?
 

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If you're asking for the best, without providing context/limitations with regards to region, availability, quality, wattage and budget, then Seasonic above all else. That being said, how much have you set aside for a PSU purchase, where are you located and what is your preferred site for purchase?
I am looking for a PSU roughly in the $50-$100 price range. I just want one that will last me another 7 years but won't breaky my bank. I am located in the US and I'd prefer Amazon but am okay with other sites allowed here in the US, such as Newegg.
 

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Super Flower Leadex III 750W Gold is good with part number SF-550F14HG. HG series. With 10 years warranty and later on you can most probably keep it if you decide to upgrade:
https://www.newegg.com/super-flower-leadex-iii-sf-750f14hg-750w/p/1HU-024C-00006?Description=super%20flower&cm_re=super_flower-_-9SIAMNPAY44279-_-Product&quicklink=true

If you don't want to go over 550W Corsair RMx 550 is a good unit too. Also a 10 year warranty:
https://www.newegg.com/corsair-rmx-series-rm550x-cp-9020197-na-550w/p/N82E16817139269?Description=Corsair%20RM550x&cm_re=Corsair_RM550x-_-17-139-269-_-Product&quicklink=true
 

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Super Flower Leadex III 750W Gold is good with part number SF-550F14HG. HG series. With 10 years warranty and later on you can most probably keep it if you decide to upgrade:
https://www.newegg.com/super-flower-leadex-iii-sf-750f14hg-750w/p/1HU-024C-00006?Description=super%20flower&cm_re=super_flower-_-9SIAMNPAY44279-_-Product&quicklink=true

If you don't want to go over 550W Corsair RMx 550 is a good unit too. Also a 10 year warranty:
https://www.newegg.com/corsair-rmx-series-rm550x-cp-9020197-na-550w/p/N82E16817139269?Description=Corsair%20RM550x&cm_re=Corsair_RM550x-_-17-139-269-_-Product&quicklink=true
Appreciate the suggestions. Just a question on dimensions, how do I make sure it will fit my case? Got any recommendations on the cheaper side?
 

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Appreciate the suggestions. Just a question on dimensions, how do I make sure it will fit my case? Got any recommendations on the cheaper side?
This is your case, right?

ATX Standard PSUs have the same size face only thing that might vary depending on design and capacity (needing to house more components inside, bigger PCB etc.) is the depth/length.

On the case page, under compatability, it says:
  • Power supply type
    ATX
and
  • PSU max length
    190/170 mm with a bottom 120/140 mm fan installed or 300 mm when not using any bottom fan location
None of the above would exceed that as they are almost 16cm long.

As for cheaper ones you said you had the previous PSU for about 7 years. Cheaper ones are of lower quality and usually have shorter warranty periods. 5 years and some are 3 although good quality units made by good OEMs usually have at least 5-6 and longer. Not the most accurate indicator but the length of the warranty period somehow shows how much trust the manufacturer is willing to put on their product. Personally I wouldn't get anything less than 7 years.

Mind you both above ar $120-130 units. They're on offer and I think they are good deals. Maybe others would have some input and recommendations too.
 

Lazyboy10

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ATX Standard PSUs have the same size face only thing that might vary depending on design and capacity (needing to house more components inside, bigger PCB etc.) is the depth/length.

On the case page, under compatability, it says:
  • Power supply type
    ATX
and
  • PSU max length
    190/170 mm with a bottom 120/140 mm fan installed or 300 mm when not using any bottom fan location
Gotcha, I see what you're saying. I will most likely have to save a lil more up before making the purchase. I have a question about this PSU https://pcpartpicker.com/product/2HbwrH/corsair-rmx-2018-650w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-cp-9020178-na and its price. It says, after $20.00 rebate card I will get the discount, what is that exactly? I see there's a form I can print out, do I just fill that out and mail it to them? O_O
 

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Gotcha, I see what you're saying. I will most likely have to save a lil more up before making the purchase. I have a question about this PSU https://pcpartpicker.com/product/2HbwrH/corsair-rmx-2018-650w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-cp-9020178-na and its price. It says, after $20.00 rebate card I will get the discount, what is that exactly? I see there's a form I can print out, do I just fill that out and mail it to them? O_O
It is a kind of marketing strategy, a promotion or discounts if you like. The company appears to be offering a discount and consumer would be willing or tempted to get the prduct at a cheaper price when you later receive some of the total price back. In the form of store credit from the retailer/seller or actual chcek for some amount of cash.

However not everybody goes through the process of filling the form and mailig it and waiting to see if they're considered eligible by the company and later receiving the check, for example. So the company appears to offer discounts but it would actually only pay those who bother to go through the process. For those who don't the discount is there but the comapny actually makes mo profit because the customer doesn't go through the process. I'm not saying they're not offering the credit/cash back, it just heppens if the consumer goes through the procedure.

You, the consumer, just have to check if you're eligible to receive the rebate for what you're buying (product), purchase time and often palce of purchase. Rebate forms and special receipts are sometimes printed by the cash register at time of purchase (in the store) on a separate receipt or available online for download, as you said.

Some rebate programs offer several payout options to the consumer, usch as a paper check, a prepaid card the consumer can use to purchase things immediately without a trip to the bank, or some even offer as a PayPal payout.

If you want to purchase from newegg the purchase page should explicitly say that. If it does say that and has the 'print rebate form' it does apply to that product. You can always ask their customer service for details about the rebate to make sure too I guess.

Anyway I think $65 for a good $125 PSU with gold rated effciency rating is a good deal, it has the same 10-year warranty apparently. Even $85 is good. Yes, you'll pay more but personally I think any reliable good quality PSU is worth its price.
 
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Gotcha, I see what you're saying. I will most likely have to save a lil more up before making the purchase. I have a question about this PSU https://pcpartpicker.com/product/2HbwrH/corsair-rmx-2018-650w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-cp-9020178-na and its price. It says, after $20.00 rebate card I will get the discount, what is that exactly? I see there's a form I can print out, do I just fill that out and mail it to them? O_O
If you can't make use of the discount you just buy https://pcpartpicker.com/product/zDMTwP/thermaltake-toughpower-gf1-pe-650-w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-ps-tpd-0650fnfagu-1 at Amazon. Quality and performance wise it's comparable to Corsair RMx.
 
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Anyway I think $65 for a good $125 PSU with gold rated effciency rating is a good deal, it has the same 10-year warranty apparently. Even $85 is good. Yes, you'll pay more but personally I think any reliable good quality PSU is worth its price.
APRECIATE the extensive response! Last question~ Between this PSU https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Supernova-Modular-Warranty-220-GA-0550-X1/dp/B07WNXY6T5 and this https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N7V8JM5?tag=pcpapi-20&linkCode=ogi&th=1 Thoughts and opinions?
 
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