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The Xigmatek 400W for my 2nd PC ...

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So, the PSU is dying (or at least the fan controller) on my 2nd rig, which my fiance uses for general desktop usage.

It sports a Conroe at 2.8GHz (I forget the exact model), a basic 775 socket mobo, a couple of HD's, and a almost-never-used 9600GSO, so ... requirements are minimal, really.

I was poking around the Egg, looking to get something decent in the 300W, $30-$40 range, when I stumbled on this 400W Xiggie for $34.99 + $1.99 shipping (on sale from $54.99). I'm about to pull the trigger on it, as it seems like by far the nicest unit for around this price, unless someone else thinks there's something better?

It's got:
Bronze cert, 1 x 6-pin (all I need), 4 SATA connectors (enough for this rig), nicely sleeved cables, 32A across 2 x 20A 12V+ rails, and Active PFC. Plus it looks nice

The only downside is it's a HEC-built unit, but given the usage this PC gets, plus the fact that most of the low-power units seem to be made by the lower-tiered OEM's anyways ... I'm not too worried about it.

I was also considering the Seasonic 300W unit, but it costs more, aesthetics are terrible, and it lacks a single 6-pin.

Anyone else know of something that'll touch this Xigmatek for value for <$40 shipped?

EDIT: Also note that on the box it says this PSU will "Build a Forest in Your PC" ... but I'm wondering though if that's actually maybe a bad idea ...
Edited by brettjv - 6/5/11 at 1:03pm
    
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It's build quality and performance are poor. The performance is more or less the same as the 500w reviewed by Oklahoma Wolf at JonnyGuru

I would avoid it because of the poor build quality.

Rosewill Green Series 430w or a Corsair CX 430v2 would be more appropriate for the job and do not have the poor build quality or poor performance.
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Thanks TT.

Yeah, I did see that review, and it makes the unit look pretty shady. And I'd agree those are both 'better' units (the Corsair for sure). If it were at $55, this PSU is a total joke.

However, in this context, the additional $10 for the other two PSU's is pretty significant to me ... I really wanted to keep it under $40 shipped.

Okay, full disclosure: she actually didn't want me to spend any money on the thing, says she doesn't mind the PSU fan running full blast all the time, she'd rather I gave her the money ... but it bugs/worries me, so I promised I could do it for <$40

Plus those other units aren't Bronze, and since her PC is 'on' a LOT of the time (but all she does is browse the web with it) the slightly higher efficiency of the Xiggie is actually something I care about. Plus it looks like it stays Bronze level even down at 50W, which is probably what this thing pulls a lot of the time.

If there was actually any chance whatsoever this might become a 'gaming' rig, I'd drop the extra $10 for a better quality PSU. But in this case, wherein I doubt any more than 200W will EVER be pulled out of the PSU ... I'm thinking I'm just gonna cheap out

I do appreciate the help and advice though TT ... if this was really 'my' computer, I'd go w/something better

+1 REP
Edited by brettjv - 6/5/11 at 2:28pm
    
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post #4 of 4
The Rosewill unit is actually 80+ Bronze Certified, but it's downgraded to standard because, at 40*C, it can only do 81% efficiency (instead of 82%)

The Corsair's average efficiency is just as high at full load, and the same story, at full load, it is 81% efficient.

If you can, I would honestly say buy those. That Xig is really a bad option.
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