Originally Posted by PeaceMaker
I have this crappy Apevia 400w power supply with goofy lights and 3 80mm fans. It was salvaged from my cousin's pc. There's a deal on a modular psu right now from newegg that is 80+ certified (Ocz) and modular.
The psu i have now was noisy as heck til I toned it down with the built in fan controller. It all works fine. It looks kinda goofy as its neon green sleeved and has blue lights (which dont show anywhere from the outside of the htpc).
I feel like the power savings will be negligent... am I wrong?
A good PSU is a must for a reliable system.If you can afford it,buy it seriously.Its not just a case of saving money on your electric bill,a better quality power supply will ensure better system stability,temps an longevity.Also cheap PSU's when they go wrong as they lack the better safety features could cost you more by killing your components attatched to it.If your overclocking you will also find improvement as the voltages are more accurate and wont spike.Personally i would upgrade the PSU,after all is said and done it is the most vital component to a pc.