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OCZ 500w @ Ebuyer for £32.66 or £37.45 if under £50 spend OCZ StealthXtream 500W PSU - 1x PCI-E 6/8pin, 2x SATA 12cm Fan
OCZ 500w @ Ebuyer for £32.66 or £37.45 if under £50 spend OCZ StealthXtream 500W PSU - 1x PCI-E 6/8pin, 2x SATA 12cm Fan

OCZ 500w @ Ebuyer for £32.66 or £37.45 if under £50 spend OCZ StealthXtream 500W PSU - 1x PCI-E 6/8pin, 2x SATA 12cm Fan

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This is a great price for a quality budget PSU.

Features:
OCZ PowerWhisper Technology
Internal 120mm fan
3 year warranty backed by OCZs exclusive PowerSwap replacement program. No more endless return-for-repair loops!

Technical specifications
150 x 140 x 86mm 1 x 20+4Pin ATX
1 x 4-pin CPU
1 x PCI-E 6+2 pin
4 x 4-pin Molex peripheral
1 x 4-pin floppy
2 x S-ATA

High efficiency
80% @ 115V (Typical load)
83% @ 230V (Typical load)
Overvoltage/Overcurrent/Short-Circuit protection
Active PFC
MTBF:100,000 hours

50 Comments

Why vote cold is this a bad deal?

Thought they were a good reliable make.

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ajm007;1722533

Why vote cold is this a bad deal?Thought they were a good reliable make.




Because its basically like the wireless-n gear I posted, people voted most of that cold because they saw 'wireless network card' and think they are all the same, not realising there are other factors to consider like encryptions, quality, range and speed. With this one people are probably seeing PSU and 500w and think amps are things to do with making music.

If some people visit the Ebuyer forum they might get an education, then again maybe they can never understand it so will continue to buy cheapo products and then wonder 'why am i replacing this after only 6 months'.

I'm just glad people like you choose to ask rather than vote cold and never know. Im also glad that people that know vote hot, not saying this deal is unbeatable ... but its damn good.

Actually theres been a load of good deals going cold before hot ... bots at work?

Agreed you probably won't get a better midrange PSU for anything near this price, I have the 600w version of this PSU and it is nice and quiet and operation is rock solid. Ok it isn't modular but that is the only draw back.
But with a very good 3 year Warranty you would take this over a noname 700w+ PSU any day.
Voted Hot!!

Great PSU, I have the 750w version and its fantastic!

I believe they are made by FSP Group who make top PSU's, and branded OCZ - not sure but I think I read that somewhere. I love it when people build an expensive PC then buy a cheap PSU or use the standard one they get in the case they buy. Those things are garbage!

Great Price and Heat Added!

Voting hot, I'm all for "Energy Efficiency" savings.:thumbsup:

But the question you may ask yourselves is, how much power do you need these day's with the ever advancing Graphics GPU's etc....:thinking:

Awsome psu for the price. Got a Ocz 520w Powerstream and it rocks!

Nice, voted hot

Just wish modular ones would come down a bit as well

Cooked, with a touch of rep.

Most people always ignore the importance of a good PSU. Spend hundreds on components that could all be fried by a cheapo Q-Tec PSU.

Can anyone tell me how loud these things really are? I'm hoping to keep my next PC as quiet as possible. Looks like a great deal anyway, voted hot.

What does this PSU supply on the 12v rail. Would it be enough for an overclocked 8800gt, or a 3870?

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Well I think for a genuine reason for people voting this less than hot come in two forms.

Firstly this is a nice bit of kit for the low end of current, or middle/high user of old technology, such as quality agp systems or middle of the road Intel systems.
If you are a middle user of dual/quad core that run around 2.4ghz and either overclock, enjoy an array of harddrives, keep abreast of graphics card movements, run cpu hungry applications then in reality this PSU is not for you.
Inevitability of upgrades usually mean than the middle end user will turn into a second generation high user and the purchase of an excellent PSU is as important as choosing the right motherboard.
I will most probably buy this for an ageing AMD system with high end AGP graphics as a replacement for a generic 600w PSU with 17A on the 12v rail.
This PSU has 36A split among two 12v rails (18A + 18A), which is decent enough but a single rail having this amount would prove a better solution.

This is not to say this PSU is not good, you are getting a decent quality product in the current climate, that while is older technology may just survive long enough to compliment a potentially lower outputting new system. My old one is 5years old and still works just fine.

I have just spent £86 on a power supply (yes quite expensive I know) with a 5 year warranty because I know it will be quality and safeguard my components for years to come.
Bite the bullet and spend big if the rest of your build is good too, but to vote this anything less than hot would be unfair on this deal.
Brand name with improving product range, good warranty option, and enough juice to keep the majority happy (especially with potentially less power hungry gfx cards coming out).
Tis a hot uk deal, may need a few more molex/sata connectors for some though.

The power supply is probably the most important area not to go cheap with. You can get away with cheapo RAM and a budget motherboard but if your power supply is **** you have a good chance of it going kaboom. Wattage is not everything, make sure it supplies enough amps to the rails you need. A good indicator of a decent PSU is the weight, good ones tend to be much heavier than cheapo ones.

jkh13;1736170

The power supply is probably the most important area not to go cheap … The power supply is probably the most important area not to go cheap with. You can get away with cheapo RAM and a budget motherboard but if your power supply is **** you have a good chance of it going kaboom. Wattage is not everything, make sure it supplies enough amps to the rails you need. A good indicator of a decent PSU is the weight, good ones tend to be much heavier than cheapo ones.



cheap motherboards are a dreadful idea if you stick to asus abit df etc then you should be fine but never ever buy cheap tat... thankfully not too many exist these days

this psu is a very good price... may get away with it in some new builds

an excellent replacement psu for p4s athlon xp athlon x2 etc

I have the Corsair HX520 because it is extremely quiet and modular.

This unit is pretty decent for what you pay. Ideal as a spare in my opinion.

excellent price for this PSU..... I paid £60+ for a Hiper R580 2 years ago

As an alternative, what about this one:
ebuyer.com/pro…iew
Slightly cheaper, also a well known make, but slightly lower nominal power output. In practice, it's probably plenty of power for most rigs.

excellant psu, i have 600w and its quiet and still working. Paid £45 when google have £10 of £30.

jkh13;1736170

The power supply is probably the most important area not to go cheap … The power supply is probably the most important area not to go cheap with. You can get away with cheapo RAM and a budget motherboard but if your power supply is **** you have a good chance of it going kaboom. Wattage is not everything, make sure it supplies enough amps to the rails you need. A good indicator of a decent PSU is the weight, good ones tend to be much heavier than cheapo ones.



I've got an FSP PSU which I fitted which is very good, but on the other hand cheapo PSU's aren't a new phenomenon and have been fitted to countless PC's for years with little incident. I've bought a few myself previously and have never had a problem.

Personally i'd say cheapo items like the ones you've mentioned would be more likely to fail.

I would say that this is a good PSU . Heck i've been using for almost 1 and a half years a £20 PSU from ebuyer and it's still going strong ! You don't need to spend much more than this unless you wipe your bottom when you go to the toilet with your money.

MrSharpshooter;1736839

You don't need to spend much more than this unless you wipe your bottom … You don't need to spend much more than this unless you wipe your bottom when you go to the toilet with your money.



You what now? You do need a decent PSU if you have a decent spec machine, like Quad core and SLi/Crossfire setups with multiple SATA devices and intend to overclock.

Weak rails are the bane of all overclocking potential. So actually, yes you might wish to spend more than this for something with a little more stability and nominal power/modulated connections. This unit is fine, but there are MANY better units out there. The average user will be fine though.

But suggesting buying anything more expensive is fruitless? Well rather than wiping said rear with money, stop talking out of it.

Cheapo PSU's with weak rails and not achieving the specified outputs are one thing but it just makes me laugh when people start talking about them "blowing up".

We live in a country with pretty stringent rules on exploding electrical items and if it happened on a regular basis we'd all know the products off by heart and they wouldn't make it on to the shelves eventually.

thesilverfox;1737217

You what now? You do need a decent PSU if you have a decent spec machine, … You what now? You do need a decent PSU if you have a decent spec machine, like Quad core and SLi/Crossfire setups with multiple SATA devices and intend to overclock.


And that range of people make up a tiny tiny minority of computer users. For most users a good quality 300-350watt psu is plenty enough.

But suggesting buying anything more expensive is fruitless?


For most users it is fruitless. Of course some will benefit from buying a 600watt psu, but they aren't the standard.

Only 2 x SATA mind, little disappointing. I've been looking for an 80+ approved PSU for a few weeks now but they're so pricey.

This seems a good deal to me bar the criticism I made above

p.s. Isn't it nice to see a spell checker, maybe I won't have to read your and you're the wrong way round anymore :-D

tbh the Corsair HX520 or HX620 are still the tool of choice of most people over at [url]www.overclockers.co.uk[/url] but this is a good price.

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Sorry but the majority of this 'get a 600w+ psu' stuff is just mindless geek dick waving. Getting a quality PSU is important, but only a very small fraction of SLI/Crossfire systems around will actually need anything more than this thing outputs.

I personally run an Antec truepower 380w - on an overclocked core2duo, 2x sata hard drives, 2x dvdrw drives, and an overclocked 8800gt. Doesn't give me any issues and its rock solid.

RedOnRed;1737324

Cheapo PSU's with weak rails and not achieving the specified outputs are … Cheapo PSU's with weak rails and not achieving the specified outputs are one thing but it just makes me laugh when people start talking about them "blowing up".We live in a country with pretty stringent rules on exploding electrical items and if it happened on a regular basis we'd all know the products off by heart and they wouldn't make it on to the shelves eventually.



Exactly. It's not about blowing up - it's more about voltage drooping that makes things unreliable.

Deleted User Name 3;1737627

And that range of people make up a tiny tiny minority of computer users. … And that range of people make up a tiny tiny minority of computer users. For most users a good quality 300-350watt psu is plenty enough.For most users it is fruitless. Of course some will benefit from buying a 600watt psu, but they aren't the standard.



Which is exactly what I outlined in my post ... useless for most, not all.

ms2005;1737740

Only 2 x SATA mind, little disappointing. I've been looking for an 80+ … Only 2 x SATA mind, little disappointing. I've been looking for an 80+ approved PSU for a few weeks now but they're so pricey. This seems a good deal to me bar the criticism I made above



This, my friend, is why people might want to spend more - a good point made - not enough connections! Plenty of people out there have more than 2 SATA devices. I for one have 2xSATA optical drives and 3x SATA hard drives. 5 devices ... 2 connections ... requires Molex to SATA adaptors for power.

Shrap;1737891

tbh the Corsair HX520 or HX620 are still the tool of choice of most … tbh the Corsair HX520 or HX620 are still the tool of choice of most people over at [url]www.overclockers.co.uk[/url] but this is a good price.



HX520 for most duo/quad users, HX620 for those in SLi/Crossfire - I totally agree.

Anarchist;1738882

Sorry but the majority of this 'get a 600w+ psu' stuff is just mindless … Sorry but the majority of this 'get a 600w+ psu' stuff is just mindless geek dick waving. Getting a quality PSU is important, but only a very small fraction of SLI/Crossfire systems around will actually need anything more than this thing outputs. I personally run an Antec truepower 380w - on an overclocked core2duo, 2x sata hard drives, 2x dvdrw drives, and an overclocked 8800gt. Doesn't give me any issues and its rock solid.



The Antec is pretty decent - you made a good choice. Those who want more than 500w, tend to be either a) fooled by advertising or b) genuine reasoning, like, watercooling, phase change etc.

thesilverfox;1739070

Exactly. It's not about blowing up - it's more about voltage drooping … Exactly. It's not about blowing up - it's more about voltage drooping that makes things unreliable.



Not according to what some people say it isn't. Buy a cheapo PSU and the thing might blow up leaving a huge mushroom cloud over your house and destroying half your neighbourhood in the process.

For gawds sake they're just boring PSU's. I've bought cheapo ones myself at half the price of premium branded ones and the only noticeable thing has been that they lasted half as long.

hardwaresecrets.com/art…534

^^ I think I will stick to the unbranded 500watt

(makes for an interesting read)

RedOnRed;1739272

Not according to what some people say it isn't. Buy a cheapo PSU and the … Not according to what some people say it isn't. Buy a cheapo PSU and the thing might blow up leaving a huge mushroom cloud over your house and destroying half your neighbourhood in the process.For gawds sake they're just boring PSU's. I've bought cheapo ones myself at half the price of premium branded ones and the only noticeable thing has been that they lasted half as long.



Well, I can't say I've had any blow up. Some "bang" when a fuse blows, but most just die a smokey electrical death.

As for being boring PSU's, well, the "better" ones have good warranties, as they are built better to begin with, hence more confidence from the supplier. Generic PSUs have always given me headaches (not just their noise), as they cannot cope well under load. Not always the droop in voltage either - a lot of the cheap units overheat when stressed, causing machines to turn off, not to mention the fact that cheapo units literally whine or make a high pitched buzz when under stress.

The article in the previous post is worth a read ... unless you can't be bothered.

Otherwise, stick to generic ****. The old saying is true - buy cheap, buy twice. I used to believe generic was "just fine" for PSUs and RAM alike, but have since learned (with time) that this is far from the case.

As always depends on how you use your computer. If you make your living from it or tend to leave it on 24 hours a day invest in good reliable kit. If you only play the occasional game or surf the web you can probably get away with cheapo. For my money it's a good psu at an attractive price, well worth a hot vote.

thesilverfox;1740007

Well, I can't say I've had any blow up. Some "bang" when a fuse blows, … Well, I can't say I've had any blow up. Some "bang" when a fuse blows, but most just die a smokey electrical death.As for being boring PSU's, well, the "better" ones have good warranties, as they are built better to begin with, hence more confidence from the supplier. Generic PSUs have always given me headaches (not just their noise), as they cannot cope well under load. Not always the droop in voltage either - a lot of the cheap units overheat when stressed, causing machines to turn off, not to mention the fact that cheapo units literally whine or make a high pitched buzz when under stress.The article in the previous post is worth a read ... unless you can't be bothered. Otherwise, stick to generic ****. The old saying is true - buy cheap, buy twice. I used to believe generic was "just fine" for PSUs and RAM alike, but have since learned (with time) that this is far from the case.



Don't get me wrong, I think this is a great deal and wouldn't personally go for an unbranded generic PSU and would pay the bit extra on the likes of this.

On the other hand, i've thrashed many cheapo PSU's and had them running day and night without any sort of problem and I just think a lot of the stuff spouted about unbranded PSU's is exaggerated and is just scaremongering. Yes, this is a good deal and yes it is better then a generic ones, but I wouldn't go as far to say a disaster looms if someone does go the cheapo route.

RedOnRed;1740119

Don't get me wrong, I think this is a great deal and wouldn't personally … Don't get me wrong, I think this is a great deal and wouldn't personally go for an unbranded generic PSU and would pay the bit extra on the likes of this.On the other hand, i've thrashed many cheapo PSU's and had them running day and night without any sort of problem and I just think a lot of the stuff spouted about unbranded PSU's is exaggerated and is just scaremongering. Yes, this is a good deal and yes it is better then a generic ones, but I wouldn't go as far to say a disaster looms if someone does go the cheapo route.



Quite right. I've ran a PC business for 12 years. The majority of my customers opt for a budget PC, so I give them the choice of cases, PSU etc. Invariably they choose the cheapest option, which means a cheap PSU. Result? I've had six or seven fail (only 2 within the warranty period of 1 year) and I've built hundreds of PC's.

The main problem from the cheaper PSU's is the noise and because the competition from other vendors has increased, I tend to put quiet PSU's in now (these brands change all the time) . However, I still don't spend a fortune on PSU's as I don't need to. If the budget ones were that bad, I'd be changing a power supply every week which I cannot afford to do from a business point of view. So in essence it really depends on what the computer is going to be used for, and you cannot always go off the wattage anyhow as people on this forum will tell you. Having used OCZ for various components, I have to say they have been excellent every time.

paulace;1740744

Quite right. I've ran a PC business for 12 years. The majority of my … Quite right. I've ran a PC business for 12 years. The majority of my customers opt for a budget PC, so I give them the choice of cases, PSU etc. Invariably they choose the cheapest option, which means a cheap PSU. Result? I've had six or seven fail (only 2 within the warranty period of 1 year) and I've built hundreds of PC's. The main problem from the cheaper PSU's is the noise and because the competition from other vendors has increased, I tend to put quiet PSU's in now (these brands change all the time) . However, I still don't spend a fortune on PSU's as I don't need to. If the budget ones were that bad, I'd be changing a power supply every week which I cannot afford to do from a business point of view. So in essence it really depends on what the computer is going to be used for, and you cannot always go off the wattage anyhow as people on this forum will tell you. Having used OCZ for various components, I have to say they have been excellent every time.



I've been in IT support for 11 years and been a PC owner for 16 years and have to say that my experiences are pretty much identical to yours in one way or another.

The thing with PC's now is that for home builders there's a greater onus on appearance, aesthetics and kudos then ever before. It's now not just about building a PC it's about lights, cooling and generally blinging it up. For that sort of route no doubt a specialist PSU is required, but it's not necessarily essential to all depending on their requirements.

Ugh, I can't stand bling. I like a nice case to work with, but lights? Side panel decor? No thanks. I like passive and quiet cooling for my E6600 and X1950XT.

I would like the Antec Phantom ... just as soon as they make it modular.

staples;1736117

Well I think for a genuine reason for people voting this less than hot … Well I think for a genuine reason for people voting this less than hot come in two forms.Firstly this is a nice bit of kit for the low end of current, or middle/high user of old technology, such as quality agp systems or middle of the road Intel systems.If you are a middle user of dual/quad core that run around 2.4ghz and either overclock, enjoy an array of harddrives, keep abreast of graphics card movements, run cpu hungry applications then in reality this PSU is not for you.Inevitability of upgrades usually mean than the middle end user will turn into a second generation high user and the purchase of an excellent PSU is as important as choosing the right motherboard.I will most probably buy this for an ageing AMD system with high end AGP graphics as a replacement for a generic 600w PSU with 17A on the 12v rail.This PSU has 36A split among two 12v rails (18A + 18A), which is decent enough but a single rail having this amount would prove a better solution. This is not to say this PSU is not good, you are getting a decent quality product in the current climate, that while is older technology may just survive long enough to compliment a potentially lower outputting new system. My old one is 5years old and still works just fine. I have just spent £86 on a power supply (yes quite expensive I know) with a 5 year warranty because I know it will be quality and safeguard my components for years to come.Bite the bullet and spend big if the rest of your build is good too, but to vote this anything less than hot would be unfair on this deal.Brand name with improving product range, good warranty option, and enough juice to keep the majority happy (especially with potentially less power hungry gfx cards coming out). Tis a hot uk deal, may need a few more molex/sata connectors for some though.



I'm sorry but that's rubbish.

A 'quality AGP system' that's ridiculous, this power supply will easily handle most PCI-Express standard systems, it's only the very top to mid-top (even then should be fine) that this psu may not be suitable for.

Please people apply common sense wherever possible. It is correct that a power supply is one of the key components of a system (NEVER EVER budget when it comes to the PSU, a ****** PSU can mean potentially frying other components) it can cause problems you wouldn't even associate with it.

But remember that there are alot of hardcore users out there and they sometimes get a little carried away when it comes to reccomendations (I know, I used to be one of them, very easy to get pulled into the PC Building thing).

OCZ (rebranded or otherwise) is an excellent company, and you can't go wrong especially with a 3yr gurantee at this price. Voted Hot.

staples;1736117

I have just spent £86 on a power supply (yes quite expensive I know) with … I have just spent £86 on a power supply (yes quite expensive I know) with a 5 year warranty because I know it will be quality and safeguard my components for years to come.



You do know that after the 1 year retailer warranty the next place to send that PSU should it need rma'ing is California? I'm assuming it's a Corsair HX620 PSU you're on about. Thats what they don't mention in the small print. Everyone sees 5 years warranty and goes "Oooh I'll have that!".
Cheapest delivery for that PSU to Cali was around £30 non insured, with discount. Now that said if that PSU is going to fail it will fail in the first year rather than the others since Corsair do make excellent PSU's and if you have a bad one it will break quick and you will have the perfect one once RMA'd.

Voted Hot because it's a good deal. Good power for people with medium priced systems. Generally you get a el cheapo PSU if your rig/PC is quite old and not worth that much. If you have a more recent build then most usually it's good to go with a known brand.

Cheers OP.

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Xeijin;1746180

I'm sorry but that's rubbish.A 'quality AGP system' that's ridiculous, … I'm sorry but that's rubbish.A 'quality AGP system' that's ridiculous, this power supply will easily handle most PCI-Express standard systems, it's only the very top to mid-top (even then should be fine) that this psu may not be suitable for.Please people apply common sense wherever possible. It is correct that a power supply is one of the key components of a system (NEVER EVER budget when it comes to the PSU, a ****** PSU can mean potentially frying other components) it can cause problems you wouldn't even associate with it.But remember that there are alot of hardcore users out there and they sometimes get a little carried away when it comes to reccomendations (I know, I used to be one of them, very easy to get pulled into the PC Building thing).OCZ (rebranded or otherwise) is an excellent company, and you can't go wrong especially with a 3yr gurantee at this price. Voted Hot.



Firstly you are showing your lack of comprehension. For a quality AGP system, which is rare and unlikely you do no need a top notch PSU at all, but this one certainly does give that with a little extra. So you are paying for the almost certainty and not compromise. Which for the price makes it extremely hot in that range. If you are buying a PSU and flogging some sort of AGP system the PSU is absolutely top drawer.

For the same type of quality in a PCI-E system (which mid-high you would assume would be a P35 or 780/90i equivalent system + quality extras) this power supply could potentially compromise the stablility of the system. You can't really argue. It is fact.

The whole motherboard, CPU and power system has changed drastically and while getting carried away with PSU power etc, like mentioned, is easy, it is something I have never been part of until the current component climate. I have always bought cheap PSU's (after checking them out) until after countless builds for people you start to learn a few lessons, in the last 2 years mostly. Fortunately with no serious consequence. Just browned connectors and smoke signals.

You can argue you can get lucky, but I rarely buy items in singles so I feel that I get a fair idea of build quality, especially with PSU's as they are cheap as chips.

Also, yes, well done :-D it is the Corsair HX620, I know I overpaid but I needed one there and then and I have had the fortune of playing with a few of the Corsair series. I also know that RMAing can be a hassle after year one, but, I have a potentially good year (with many to come) and by the time the year is up we will hopefully have differing components which are slated to draw less power, hmmmmm, (and I will be less poor), Hopefully we will have moved on from the 1000w PSU fetishes leaving great prices and unsold stock lol.

I do not mean for this post to come across as flaming, I say what I say in case somebody finds it useful. I am not saying I have all the answers, but I do think, on computing at least haha, I have a more than average knowledge.
Also, I voted it hot in case you didn't manage to spot that in my op.

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reidy-;1739720

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/534^^ I think I will stick to the … http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/534^^ I think I will stick to the unbranded 500watt :p(makes for an interesting read)




I read that too and still bought the expensive PSU.
Awesome article. Well played for sticking the link in
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