( 5.0 Average / 1 Rating )
After graphics cards, my experience is that power supplies come in second under ‘most likely to cause ear-aching fan noise and coil whine’. The money-no-object solution to this is to just buy a super efficient 800W+ PSU so it runs at 2-300W under max load. The power supply never breaks a sweat and you never hear a fan. Or of course a passive model. These, however, cost £150+.
Many recommend the Corsair CX series – terrible coil whine. Else EVGA –all the models in this price range get really loud. Else Silverstone – I couldn’t see an obvious benefit to me for the extra expense.
I had been aiming to buy the Be Quiet Pure Power 9 600W for around £70, but when browsing eBay I saw this on auction. 3 years old but very lightly used, seller assured me the fan bearings were smooth and he didn't hear coil whine. Reviews at the time of release were very positive, so I went for it.
I'm very happy. In operation it's silent and my box stays a little more clutter free.