there are 2 rules regarding power supplies when you're building a computer
1) You should never cheap out on your power supply
2) 500w of good power is better than 700w of poor power
OCZ has made a fantastic power supply here and if I saw one for sale i'd get another.
500w is a little on the low side for power users running multiple gpu's and hard drives, but for most users it should be more than enough.
Power supplies haven't really changed over the past few years so you're safe buying an older product. The only real drawback with this product is that it's not modular, which is to be expected from a product at this price point. A modular power supply is useful for those who want the cleanest case interior, but for most people (especially those who don't like to look inside their computer too often) the extra unused cables won't be a problem.
overall I have had zero issues with this power supply- I would definitely recommend it, the fan is quiet and you can get one with a blue LED fan (which was cool) or the 'stealth' version which had a plain black fan- both are equally good products.
I bought this as power supplies around 6 months ago when I was getting the bits together to build a new gaming Pc. I wanted a power supply that would be capable of keeping everything really cool, I defiantly picked the right one! My freezer is warmer than this thing, the next time we have a really warm day I know where I'm heading.
I've had a lot of fans in the past but this surprisingly was one of the quietest, theirs obviously some vibration but most of this is at start up; once this is out the way I can hardly hear it even when I'm listening out for it.
Installation was very quick, this isn't helped by the fact that the manual isn't great, just a few screws involved and connecting the connectors into the correct sockets. If you didn't know what you were doing you could easily get confused as a number of steps are missed out All the usual safety features including safety stickers and health & safety warnings. The IDE / SATA connectors can be used to connect certain graphics cards. All the wires are presented nicely and kept tidy in the shiny black casing.
The power supply is very heavy and bulky, but then again so are a lot of fans. It is very well made and does exactly what a power supply / fan should do, my tower is the coolest it has ever been. The on / off button is massive not a chance you could miss it! I would highly recommend this fan.
When i upgraded my PC, i wanted it to be cooler as well as faster, so when replacing the old internal power supply, i got one of these. My god, its like a fridge in there now - that fan is huge and has always been superb.
For noise it isn't too bad - it does make a slight rumbling noise on start up and this can create a slight vibration, but once you have got to the log on screen, it slows down and becomes absolutely silent from then on, even if it has been left on for some time. (That's silent when your ear is really close up by the way)
Installation was quick and easy, there are a few problems with the manual though, and so this isn't perfect. It misses a couple steps for setting up first time, but apart from that it was fine. Lots of health and safety warnings though and the backside of this is covered in electric shock stickers.
It has clearly been built very well, as i sometimes leave my PC on over the weekend so work can access my files, and when i have come back, it is still like a fridge in there, and there have been no problems with it breaking down or crashing.
Design has been built with the consumer in mind from the start. Extremely bright blue LED's light up the box, while the simple (yet chunky) on/off switch provides that great clicking sound before it whirs into life.
Its been a delight to have in my pc. Would recommend this, and anything else from OCZ too, a brilliant box of tricks!
I ordered this PSU because of the advice given to me by others on computer forums on the internet. I won't use PSUs that are included with many of the cases that you can buy and I have explained at the bottom why.
The PSU came with the standard connections like three sata power connections etc. I cannot hear the fan over the one in my case which is a plus. The PSU is black in colour instead of the usual bare metal. There's not really much I can say about a PSU as obviously it's only used to power the computer. The packaging was great and it included a strap that holds all the wires neatly.
Please I cannot stress enough how much its important that a quality PSU it chosen when building a new computer. I've seen many times people creating new threads asking for advice why the pc has made a loud band. Most of the time they are using some of the top components that they paid a lot of money for then skimped on the PSU and paid £20 on Ebay. Surely you have heard of the saying you get what you pay for. Some of them have been fortunate enough that when the PSU had failed it hadn't taken all the parts with it.
A cheap PSU will be sold at 500W when in fact can only supply 300W this is why they fail as they can not handle the amount of power the pc demands.
I originally bought this to replace the 250 watt power supply in my desktop computer, upon installation I found it to be so much better than the old one. First of all it was much quieter, almost silent which if anything is the best feature of this unit. Also I found the large fan on the underside of this to keep my computer much cooler than it was with the previous power supply.
It supports a large amount of IDE, SATA and can power some PCIe graphics cards with the various connectors that come attached. The wiring is all housed in nice black flexible sheaths which helped to keep the inside of my computer tidier than having a load of wires held together by small plastic ties which inevitably break creating a large mess of cables going to all different areas of the computer.
Overall it's easy to install a few screws to connect it to the case and then its just a matter of sticking the connector ports into the right ones on the motherboard and devices. It's also quite good for the electricity bill as since having it even though its a higher power unit it if anything cost the same or less than my previous 250 watt one.
I bought this to run my latest GeForce 8800GT graphics card and at 500W it's got loads of oomph to power lots of things.
Let's go through what you actually get:
3x SATA connecters
4x 4-pin Molex connectors
6-pin (12v) PCI-E power connector
4-pin (12v) ATX CPU fan power connector
20/24-pin ATX motherboard connector
...a UK power cord, some screws and the PSU itself.
Well it seems to run my graphics card ok but has some boot trouble which could be the problem with the graphics card but when it does boot, the PSU runs the card fine. It seems ok with two hard drives (1 SATA & 1 IDE) and a DVD re-writer drive including my graphics card.
Build quality wise, the actual PSU casing and all inside is built like a tank and the connectors seem to be strong with some decent wire. The power cables are covered in a weird mesh to protect them and keep them together and you also get in the box a Velcro loop to keep the cables tidy.
Overall I like the design (although who's going to look), I think the build quality is excellent. The 500 watts of power is more than enough and what's more it comes with a three year 'swap out' warranty which means if it goes bang they give a new one for free.