The one I'm looking at is expensive. Had a look at a round up review
at Bit tech and the recommendation seems to be Seasonic X series
. Whichever way you cut it, it's going to cost me a tonne.
I need a load of sata power connectors as I have lots of drives which need powering and enough watts to power one hungry graphics card and overclocked CPU etc. So I don't need more than about 600W really. I could get away with a much lower rated one providing the quality is there but it won't have anywhere near enough connectors (as it'll be designed to power smaller loads and will cut back on the number of connectors).
Stability and power efficiency is important to me. The one it's replacing is an OCZ Elitestream 800W PSU, which had good reviews at the time. Unfortunately, though it's still under manufacturer's guarantee their RMA centre for Europe is based in the smegging Netherlands so it's going to cost me at least £20 to send this 3kg beasty back and that's without adequate insurance (£46 tops and no tracking/signature). It'll cost closer to £40 to get proper safeguards against it getting lost so I'm not sure it'll be worth sending back.
Oh yeah, money? You gotta be kidding me right? Got my house insurance bill coming up this month and they want to take a nice bite out of the money I've not spent on games and gadgets. Guess I could cough up the dosh and buy a train ticket to go collect that old Enermax PSU though. Hmm.