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Everywhere I look it's Seasonic or Corsair. I chose Antec the last few times and they've been great.

I guess I like to be a tad different if I can help it, instead of hopping on the Corsair, Seasonic bandwagon. Although I do love Corsair dominator GT ram!tongue.gif
    
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I have a Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 800w and I'm perfectly content with it, although I like the sound of a Corsair PSU because, well....they're Corsair.
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I would only like to state one thing Phaedrus.

I think the Enthusiast Power Supplies are grossly overpriced, as a whole.

These MFGs cannot justify to me that it cost $250 - $300 to make a platinum certified 750+ watt power supply, that's just ridiculous!

I mean take a look at motherboards as a comparison, and wiring is NOT expensive...

So, my point is, I think that many PSUs are grossly overpriced in general.

If prices fell without quality falling, that would be great, but it seems to me that with the newest release of 80+ Platinum, prices aren't falling for the cheaper 80+ Bronze Certified PSUs, which is not a good thing, because I could never justify spending more than $80 for a PSU, ever...

Either we will be facing new frontier of competition, or as you explained, the threat of market domination by companies like Corsair may be looming in our near dark futures...

That was not meant to criticize your post, not in the least, was wanting to add my 2cents, that's all..
Edited by _GTech - 2/27/12 at 8:38am
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I've been rocking a Kingwin 750W 80+ (Lazer series I think, mine's rebranded), that costed around €100 and has been rock solid for the three years I've been using it.

Recently opened it up to clean the dust and inspect for any issues, but was greatly pleased with a perfect looking board with no apparent signs of overheating anywhere, and with the surprise that the main capacitors were a couple of Rubycon rated at 400V, instead of the dirty 2x200V trick some manufacturers pull!

My experience tells that as long as you look before buying, no brand is better than another if you know what to look for.
   
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Originally Posted by _GTech View Post

I think the Enthusiast Power Supplies are grossly overpriced, as a whole.
These MFGs cannot justify to me that it cost $250 - $300 to make a platinum certified 750+ watt power supply.

Agree 100%

Enthusiast components are a niche, and you certainly pay to belong.

Over-pricing products has a positive [for the manufacturer] phycological effect on folks,
......................."crazily expensive equals better"
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Well I'm in the clear, I bought a nice Antec High Current Gamer 750w. So far i love it. It's quite, looks great, has tons of cables and the sleeving isn't too bad.
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Just throwing it out there
Coolmax
i have the 750B, price/Watt it is an exceptional deal.
and its running perfectly, includes a lot of great features.
it worries me though, because i want to start dual or trifiring cards with TEC chillers. and ill need a bigger psu.
i hope prices drop.
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Yes I agree Corsair is over priced. However, there aren't many choices other than Seasonic and it's derivatives. Enermax is even more outrageous in terms of pricing than Corsair. Super Flower builds are slightly better, but they are unavailable in many places. The only name I can think of other than Seasonic is Enhance available in Silver Stone and some Antec units. If one wants quality, there really isn't a lot of choices out there. Polls do not reflect how consumer make purchases. OCZ has very poor reputation among enthusiasts, but it's units sell well despite their poor quality. Not everyone can or need to spend $200+ on a psu. $30-$40 500W units fit the bill well for most.
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Originally Posted by CorsairGeorge View Post

Uh...our CEO is our company founder. He's been here since the company started in 1994, so it's not CEO greed that's driving our decisions.
I'm not saying we couldn't build PSUs in the US - there are plenty of things built here. But we wouldn't be competitive price-wise with guys being built over there. So unless you have a benefit to building in the US (shipping costs, materials exporting laws, time to market), for most products it makes a lot of sense to build in China.
I don't mean to make this political - and my views and opinions do not necessarily speak for Corsair as a whole - so I'll leave this conversation here before we get into too heavy a debate.
I will say this, though - I think everybody would love to see more manufacturing jobs in the US, and there's a lot of different opinions on how to make that happen.

I'd pay a dollar or two more for a US-made product.
 
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Originally Posted by phillyd View Post

Just throwing it out there
Coolmax
i have the 750B, price/Watt it is an exceptional deal.
and its running perfectly, includes a lot of great features.
it worries me though, because i want to start dual or trifiring cards with TEC chillers. and ill need a bigger psu.
i hope prices drop.

It is, in fact, not a deal at all. What is labeled as a 750 watt PSU is instead a 450 watt PSU at best; Hardware Secrets tested this PSU and it burned at just 500 watts (they even got a second unit to test again and it too burned at 500 watts). On top of that the manufacturer claims it has four 12v rails when it actually only has one which also has no over current protection. Also the cables are really short and it only has 4 SATA connectors.

Review can be found here: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Coolmax-CUL-750B-750-W-Power-Supply-Review/977/1

Goes to show why companies like Coolmax are never recommended around here.
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