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I have 2 of them. One is presently in my GF's pc and running flawlessly. I replaced my X-Connect 500 with a modded (UV red sleeved and replaced the connectors with UV red ones also) PC Power & Cooling Turbo Cool 510 Deluxe.

As I was hearing many mixed experiences with the Ultra's, I didn't want to take a chance on $3000 of new hardware.

From what I understand, Ultra contracted two different companies (in China) to build them. One of these two companies built a significantly better product than the other. Or so the story goes. Apparently, the early production runs had quality issues and many dissatisfied customers. Ultra has since implemented a lifetime warranty with registration. I have not read the details of this new warranty.

My two work great. The cables (while stiff... especially the main mobo cable) are first rate and UV sensitive to boot. It seems you either love 'em or you hate 'em.

"The world ends when you're dead. As long as your breathing you got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man and give some back."
 

hallj22

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ok i have read mixed reviews on the x-connect. most are bad so i have decided to go with another PSU. antec maybe. any suggestions?

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Picking a PSU isn't as easy as "should I get 420 watts or 500 watts? You need to calculate how much amperage you need on the +3.3v, +5v, and most importantly the +12v Rails. Based on the hardware you have in your box, any planned upgrades and whether you overclock or not.

Some manufacturers/resellers to take a serious look at:

PC Power & Cooling
Zippy
Seasonic
Fortron Source (FSP Group)
Enermax
OCZ
Tagan
Antec

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well here is what i will have. im building as we speak

Athlon 64 3500+ Venice (going to OC it)

DFI "LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR" NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Chipset Motherboard For AMD 939 CPU

Gigabyte nVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT Video Card, 256MB GDDR3, 256-Bit, TV-Out/Dual DVI, PCI-E, Model "GV-NX68T256D-B"
I may add another one of these later so i can use SLI

OCZ 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 500 (PC 4000) Dual Channel Kit System Memory (going to OC it)

also I want to water cool the entire system. I have not made up my mind on what to go with yet.

with that being said what do you recommend for a PSU?

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<A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817151025" target="_new"> SeaSonic S12-600 ATX12V 600W Power Supply.</A> NVidia SLI Certified, 80 Plus Certified, quiet, and highly recommended. You could also get one modded from <A HREF="http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=22_270&osCsid=e3b90c060eadc3ed4726b618880c1361" target="_new"> Performance-pc's</A> if you wanted.

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so im back to square one. still not sure what PSU to buy. I listed what my set-up will be above. i just need something to run it and give me a little room to upgrade to 2 video cards if i should feel the need to do so.

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