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This was just posted at jonnyGURU.

Reviews - Death of a Gutless Wonder III: The Labors of Hercules

Yes, a cheap 500W PSU that died on the load tester after discoloring the PCB (fire hazard). It died trying to put out around 250W in the hot box.

This is why you don't use a $20 PSU.

Now, for those who want to point out the Corsair CX430 as well as all the other decent PSUs available for cheap, my response is that $20 is NOT the MSRP. MSRP is closer to $50. The "crappy" $20 PSUs MSRP at $20.

Also, for those with long memories I was one of the early champions of the CX430, back when everyone was calling it crap before any real reviews were done.

I don't want to make it sound as if everyone must spend huge bucks on an elite PSU, because you don't have to. Just don't get a "crappy" PSU.
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Speaking as the reviewer of that unit... I don't know how I'm going to top it for the next gutless wonder article. It's the worst unit I've ever seen.

And it's apparently selling really well for more than a few vendors on eBay frown.gif
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