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Though I dont do this anymore, I used to put really cheap PSUs in most of the computers I build for customers. Granted that most of them did not need a very powerful PSU, but they were almost all quad core computers with a dedicated graphics card and none of those PSUs have stopped working (yet). One such PSU functioned for almost ten years in a P4 computer, until the computer died, yet the PSU still works. The PSUs I used to use for this cost about $20-$30.
    
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good read .thanks
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post #13 of 75
I like spending loads of money on PSU's In every PC i build i need 80 Plus bronze minimum from a known manufacture.
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inb4 Phaedrus2129, because nobody will have what it takes compared to him when it comes to PSUs.
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post #15 of 75
Of course, the name brand may mean nothing, since the board inside the PSU will be made by whatever company they contract with.

Buying big wattage supplies may also be a bad thing, since switchmode PSUs like to work hard, and are not so adept at being underloaded...
post #16 of 75
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ecchi-BANZAII!!! View Post
inb4 Phaedrus2129, because nobody will have what it takes compared to him when it comes to PSUs.
He'll be here any minute now...
    
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post #17 of 75
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Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post
I'd rather go without a computer until I could afford a quality PSU, then use one of those.

You are likely to end up going into more debt after the thing fries your computer.
This.

I consider the PSU the most important piece of hardware in a computer. If it fails it could take everything else with it, and you're not going to get a decent overclock or stability without a quality one.
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post #18 of 75
I will never buy a cheap PSU, the last one I owned was horrible. It was noisy, kept crashing and freezing my computer and one day the fan started making a horrible noise and died, rendering the PSU useless and it overheated and shut off my computer. What a POS.
    
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post #19 of 75
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Originally Posted by dragosmp View Post
Until some 10 years ago I had that type of PSUs. They've never failed on me because of one simple thumb rule: take the wattage rating, divide it by two and keep as much below that as possible. Then, it works - I had a 400W PSU for a Duron 750MHz w/ Geforce 2MX and the +12V still dropped ~11.8V under load Good times.

Now it would be pretty stupid to buy on of those PSUs for anything but a low cost low efficiency and low power rig.
I rant that on a 250 watt psu in a white antec case. 800mhz duron though. PSU had both at and atx connectors. I mechancially bump cracked the 2mx though changing the glued on heat sink. Baked it but never put it in anything cause got it too hot and slid some caps around.
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Lol. Thanks for the read.

Talk about a steaming pile of bull pucky on those PSUs.
    
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