[SOLVED] which bang for your buck 80+ semi modular PSU would suit my PC?

DeadnightWarrior

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This is, more or less, my PC:
https://it.pcpartpicker.com/list/gDGrCz
Note that the CPU cooler I'm using is the AMD Spire, not the one you see in the list.

It is currently powered by a Thermaltake Hamburg 530W 80+ unit that's been serving me well for the past 6+ years.

I'd like to put this unit in a retro gaming PC I'm building and get a semi modular PSU for my main rig.

Please note:
  • I never overclock anything: CPU, RAM and GPU are all working at stock speed and I have no intention to change that.
  • I couldn't care less about RGB, AIOs, extensions, a million fans and such. I have an air cooler, two intake fans and one exhaust fan. Period.
  • I don't want to overspend, I'm looking for something that's right for the job and MAYBE allow for a future CPU / MB upgrade (always in Ryzen 5 / i5 and mid range GPUs territory, no more than that).
  • I honestly think fully modular PSUs are useless (you HAVE to plug those 24 pin, 4+4 pin and PCI-E cables, right?!), this is why I'm only focusing on semi modular units: all I need is the mainboard, CPU, GPU links and two SATA connectors.
That being said, PcPartPicker estimates my total wattage to be 364W; this made me focus on 450W to max. 550W units.

I've narrowed my choices down to these models:

Out of these five, the Pure Power 11 is the most expensive at around 80€, while the Sharkoon WPM is the cheapest one at around 66€.

Which one would you buy, which would you avoid and why?

Thank you!
 
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geofelt

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RX580 is a relatively power hungry card.
550w is suggested:
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
I have no problem overprovisioning a PSU a bit. Say by 20%.
It will allow for a stronger future graphics card upgrade.
It will run cooler, quieter, and more efficiently in the middle third of it's range.
A PSU will only use the wattage demanded of it, regardless of it's max capability.

I might suggest the 650w seasonic core for a bit more:
https://it.pcpartpicker.com/product/sMrYcf/seasonic-core-gm-650-w-80-gold-certified-semi-modular-atx-power-supply-core-gm-650
 
This is, more or less, my PC:
https://it.pcpartpicker.com/list/gDGrCz
You can also find the specs on my LTT forum profile.
Note that the CPU cooler I'm using is the AMD Spire, not the one you see in the list.

It is currently powered by a Thermaltake Hamburg 530W 80+ unit that's been serving me well for the past 6+ years.

I'd like to put this unit in a retro gaming PC I'm building and get a semi modular PSU for my main rig.

Please note:
  • I never overclock anything: CPU, RAM and GPU are all working at stock speed and I have no intention to change that.
  • I couldn't care less about RGB, AIOs, extensions, a million fans and such. I have an air cooler, two intake fans and one exhaust fan. Period.
  • I don't want to overspend, I'm looking for something that's right for the job and MAYBE allow for a future CPU / MB upgrade (always in Ryzen 5 / i5 and mid range GPUs territory, no more than that).
  • I honestly think fully modular PSUs are useless (you HAVE to plug those 24 pin, 4+4 pin and PCI-E cables, right?!), this is why I'm only focusing on semi modular units: all I need is the mainboard, CPU, GPU links and two SATA connectors.
That being said, PcPartPicker estimates my total wattage to be 364W; this made me focus on 450W to max. 550W units.

I've narrowed my choices down to these models:

Out of these five, the Pure Power 11 is the most expensive at around 80€, while the Sharkoon WPM is the cheapest one at around 66€.

Which one would you buy, which would you avoid and why?

Thank you!
The 2 models listed I'd consider the best choices are the pure power 11 and the core gm. The Seasonic wins with 7 year warranty vs Be Quiet 5 years, IMO.
 
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geofelt

Titan
RX580 is a relatively power hungry card.
550w is suggested:
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
I have no problem overprovisioning a PSU a bit. Say by 20%.
It will allow for a stronger future graphics card upgrade.
It will run cooler, quieter, and more efficiently in the middle third of it's range.
A PSU will only use the wattage demanded of it, regardless of it's max capability.

I might suggest the 650w seasonic core for a bit more:
https://it.pcpartpicker.com/product/sMrYcf/seasonic-core-gm-650-w-80-gold-certified-semi-modular-atx-power-supply-core-gm-650
 

Zerk2012

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This is, more or less, my PC:
https://it.pcpartpicker.com/list/gDGrCz
Note that the CPU cooler I'm using is the AMD Spire, not the one you see in the list.

It is currently powered by a Thermaltake Hamburg 530W 80+ unit that's been serving me well for the past 6+ years.

I'd like to put this unit in a retro gaming PC I'm building and get a semi modular PSU for my main rig.

Please note:
  • I never overclock anything: CPU, RAM and GPU are all working at stock speed and I have no intention to change that.
  • I couldn't care less about RGB, AIOs, extensions, a million fans and such. I have an air cooler, two intake fans and one exhaust fan. Period.
  • I don't want to overspend, I'm looking for something that's right for the job and MAYBE allow for a future CPU / MB upgrade (always in Ryzen 5 / i5 and mid range GPUs territory, no more than that).
  • I honestly think fully modular PSUs are useless (you HAVE to plug those 24 pin, 4+4 pin and PCI-E cables, right?!), this is why I'm only focusing on semi modular units: all I need is the mainboard, CPU, GPU links and two SATA connectors.
That being said, PcPartPicker estimates my total wattage to be 364W; this made me focus on 450W to max. 550W units.

I've narrowed my choices down to these models:

Out of these five, the Pure Power 11 is the most expensive at around 80€, while the Sharkoon WPM is the cheapest one at around 66€.

Which one would you buy, which would you avoid and why?

Thank you!
The PurePower 11 or Core GM, look at the 100 watt higher models also it sometimes is right at the same price and never hurts to have a bit extra for future upgrades.

It sux a bit to upgrade the video card in a couple years and have to buy a new power supply again also.
 
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