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CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 650W ATX12V/EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: This is for the TX650. Installed in a workstation-class desktop PC. Owned for 5+ years. Zero complaints. Quiet, runs cool. Thunderstorm, lights flicker or go out for a second, but this PC keeps right on running smooth, thanks to this power supply. It's almost as good as a UPS. It's about time for a new machine... I'll be getting another Corsair power supply.

AMD Phenom II X4 945 (Deneb quad-core, 3.0ghz).
Asus M4A79T Deluxe Socket AM3 motherboard.
2 x 2GB Kingston DDR3-1333 unbuffered ECC 1.5V memory.
Cooler Master GeminII S524 CPU cooler.
Nexus D12SL-12 120mm fans.
Western Digital Black 1TB.
Corsair TX650 650W modular power supply.
Antec P183 case.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I read somewhere that the TX series were based on Seasonic power supplies. Unfortunately I didn't bookmark the site where I found that info. I wonder if other (new/current) Corsair power supplies are rebranded Seasonics as well.

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Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: High capacity, good warranty, good price. A friend purchased 1 of these at a local retailer. I installed it in a working system (just a hard drive upgrade) and installed XP on it.

Cons: This drive developed the click of death after just a few days and maybe a dozen hours of running time, while I was running Western Digital's Data Lifeguard Diagnostics program on a *different* drive, which was connected to the PC with a SATA-USB adapter. The Seagate drive was installed in an Antec P182 case, which orients the drives on their sides... I wonder if that had anything to do with it. But the WD 320GB SATA drive that had been mounted in the PC in the same orientation hadn't had any problems after almost a year of use...

Other Thoughts: One of my tech-savvy friends observed that while Seagate drives sometimes have longer warranties, we have had fewer problems with Western Digital drives over the past 2-3 years. Judging from reviews here on Newegg, most of the hard drives available now are very poor quality, regardless of manufacturer. Since this drive was purchased locally, and it's still under the retailer's return policy, we can just get it exchanged for another one... probably a WD.

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CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I got my 520HX from Newegg around January 2008... I've had it for almost 2 years now. My brother is on his third Antec PSU in about the same time period. I don't bother unplugging my rig during storms anymore, because the 520HX just doesn't seem to notice brownouts. The appliances and clock radios in the house will reset, but my PC just keeps on ticking. The 520HX is quiet and has never skipped a beat. Thanks to SilentPCReview for recommending this amazing power supply.

Cons: Cons? I can't leave this blank? Um... The 520HX is quiet enough that it makes the 2 low-speed 120mm fans in my PC sound really loud. So I have to go find some quieter case fans.

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Display Name: Matt H.

Date Joined: 01/30/04

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 10/15/09
  • Last Review: 03/21/14
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