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Recommend me a Digital Multimeter!

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Hi, not sure this is in the right place but its PSU related so i figured i would start here. Im looking for a digital multimeter that will adequately measure the voltages running from my power supply. I'm a little burnt out on cash since i did my new build so I'm looking to spend about 40-50 bucks, and nothing more.

Any help is greatly appreciated, as I know nothing when it comes to multimeters. Also, if i posted this in the wrong section will an admin please move this for me.
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Not sure if it's the right forum either but good enough! I love the Klein Tools MM200, $43 on Amazon right now. It also includes a thermocouple and will measure temps down to -5 deg F, good enough for me since I'm all air overclocked. It's been great for GPU volt mods.
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All digital meters with at least 3.5-digit displays are highly accurate, even the $5-10 from Walmart, auto parts stores, Harbor Freight, etc., and sometimes HF has a coupon that makes it $3 or even free with purchase (purchase must be at least $0.01 - $20, depending on the coupon). However the test leads of cheap meters are often bad and may not be trustworthy for resistance measurements, although in almost all cases this is caused by some film on the connectors and can be cleaned off by inserting & removing each about 10 times (BTW that seems to apply to some comptuer power supplies).

Sears Craftsman meters are pretty decent (most are ExTech, which is now owned by FLiR), and sometimes they run good deals on them. The biggest selections of meters may be at Contact East and MCM Electronics.

One really popular meter is the UNI-T model UT61E, which is auto-ranging, has peak hold and minimum-maximum, can measure capacitance up to 22,000uF, and can be connected to a computer (but requires RS-232 serial port or adapter). It's about $60, and there are lots of YouTube reviews of it.

Lots of good reviews of multimeters at http://www.EEVblog.com, including teardowns that show you the important internal differences between the really cheap stuff and the good stuff.
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