Back in 2014, I needed a cheap but powerful MacOS machine, so I built a hackintosh, and since I only needed CPU power at the time, I went for an intel i7 4790k and used the integrated GPU.
Obviously that rig didn't need a lot of power, so I used an old Corsair CX400 PSU I had, and it worked perfectly.
Flash forward to april 2020: I'm confined to my flat, and bored to death, so I get a new SSD, a new GPU and stuff those into the old hackintosh I haven't turned on in years.
Every game now looks much better than on PS4 pro now, but… that poor old PSU sounds like a jet fighter.
Not only is the noise distracting but I'm afraid it's going to fry and take the whole thing out.
Current setup is:
Intel i7 4790k with Noctua NH-U14s
8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 Mhz
Samsung SSD Interne 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 (500 Go)
Gigabyte RX 5700 XT 8Gb
Corsair 550D with 6 Noctua NF-A14 PWM
I'd like you help in choosing between:
Seasonic Prime Titanium TX-650 for 178€
Seasonic Prime Titanium TX-850 for 310€
Seasonic Prime Titanium TX-1000 for 340€
Corsair RM1000x for 200€
Corsair AX850 for 260€
Corsair AX1000 for 320€
Of course I'm open to other suggestions but please keep in mind I'm the "Only buy once but spare no expense" kind of guy. I might overclock both my CPU and GPU in the future, upgrade my motheboard and CPU to AM4 and Ryzen at some point and add a second GPU if that ever becomes a thing again.
Also many things are currently out of stock here in France and my choice is therefore pretty limited
Thanks in advance!
I had no idea there was so much more to PSUs than their electrical performance…
So, I've read a lot about multi-rail and OCP and ended up comparing every model listed in the S and A+ tiers, and their current availability in France.
It appears to me the best model from every standpoint is the AX1600i, but 550€ is more than I'm ready to spend.
I found pretty good deals on the HXi series, 180€ for the HX850i, and 240€ for the HX1200i.
I know what many are going to say, 850w is probably more than I'll ever need from a PSU, but it's not that much more expensive, and I like the idea of running fanless 99% of the time. Also… headroom?
What do you think?