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I've had my dell since 95', and the power supply didn't have any issue when I finally got rid of the rig last year. It's all about build quality and how hard you push the PSU to its limit.
    
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Originally Posted by Volvo;14564278 
Correction, Dells don't have no-name junkers.

They employ units from LiteON, Delta and Bestec to name some.
While the first is syonymous with DVD writers, and the last is renown for its ATX250-12E failure, you can be rest assured that these are indeed not no-name units.

Many other OEMs especially HP and Lenovo rely on these same brands to power their computers.

Delta especially, has built for Acer and Antec, just to name a couple of brands; and are one of the world's largest electronics manufacturers.

Well I'm not so sure about the new ones...Voltage Selector switches? bigeyedsmiley.png Da eff?

But the old ones were USUALLY meant to last. My Dimension 8100 circa 2001 had a beauty of a Delta power supply. Great component selection and build quality. I also have a GX260 with a decent Hipro PSU, though I wouldn't call it great. Now my Optiplex GX150 had failed capacitors all over the place in the PSU...though it was manufactured by Hipro.

I think most of them employ good designs, but sometimes the bean counters start cutting the budget a little too much...I think.


At my school, we don't have much money floating around in the technology sector..and we have some real gray market cheapie machines. Machines like that have el crapeo power supplies that will not last more than 5 years. You get what you pay for.
Edited by TheLaw - 8/12/11 at 8:41pm
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My Dimension 4100 has some 200W PSU with a Foxconn stamp on it, and looking the number up, I am pretty sure it is a Delta made unit. It has a beefy 6A on the +12V rail (though those were the +5V days), and is dated 2000 if I remember right and is still going.

Alot of the early-mid 2000s units were 250W units known to push Radeon 9800s and GeForce 6800s (unheard of on 250W back then) and the 305W units were known to push GeForce 8800GTSs (G80) as well.

Some have had some bad returns, like the Dell OptiPlex GX 270s with capacitors (this affected the motherboards as well), as well as the perhaps more infamous Dell Dimension 4600 rash of PSU failures.

They've won some and lost some, but people have a false perception that, on the whole, OEM PSUs are outright terrible most of the time, and then they go replace it with some nameless unit with more promised wattage, and actually end up going backwards.
Edited by Princess Garnet - 8/12/11 at 8:48pm
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