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Is this a sufficient multimeter to test volts from a graphics card, mobo, etc.? This will be my first multimeter so I'm not too sure of what I need and don't need for oc'ing. After reading some in depth oc'ing threads from kingpin I thought this is as good a time as any to get one. Now the real adventure into overclocking begins....

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/18163/too-83/9205_LCD_Screen_Digital_Multimeter_Volt_Ohm_Ammeter_DT-9205A.html
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Many people, myself included, believe in buying the best when purchasing "tools", be it a volt meter or a hammer.

The best usually:
Is easier to use
Lasts longer
Does a better job.

Something like a Fluke 177 series meter.

There's nothing wrong with the meter linked.It will do what you want. But I'm sure you can find a better price.
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For a diy, used once in a while on your occasional home projects type of thing it's good. But like billbartuska said. Buying a fluke will last u your whole life. The 19$ one might last you a year or 2

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The thing you have to think about is, how much is safety worth to you?

If your use a multimeter to measure mains voltage, you're sending a huge amount of potential power through something you are holding in your hand. Something that has to measure that power directly. Do you want to trust something that was made to be as cheap as humanly possible to that?

Exceedingly cheap meters such as that can be used safely, IF you know what you're doing. If you mess up and connect it in amp mode and plug it into a wall socket, it probablywon't explode badly enough to damage your fingers. But I wouldn't bet my digits on that! On top of that, cheaper meters are harder to work, because they don't do anything automatically. That thing has like a zillion


Also, the last thing you want to be doing when troubleshooting a problem is to end up troubleshooting your troubleshooting tools. Things get miserable fast. Sure its accurate when its new, but what about a year from now? Is the voltage on this thing really that off or did my $18 voltmeter just kick the bucket?

My dad recently threw out a bunch of perfectly good power supplies before he realized his multimeter was shot (like I had been telling him), so it does happen.

A proper multimeter has undergone extensive testing to keep you as safe as possible, will be accurate for a long time, and will be fairly easy to use and see.

You don't need to shell out for a Fluke, which are about the best handheld meter you can buy. You can get yourself a decent Extech or something and you'll be happy, AND safe. Even if you make a mistake.
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The thing you have to think about is, how much is safety worth to you?

If your use a multimeter to measure mains voltage, you're sending a huge amount of potential power through something you are holding in your hand. Something that has to measure that power directly. Do you want to trust something that was made to be as cheap as humanly possible to that?

Exceedingly cheap meters such as that can be used safely, IF you know what you're doing. If you mess up and connect it in amp mode and plug it into a wall socket, it probablywon't explode badly enough to damage your fingers. But I wouldn't bet my digits on that! On top of that, cheaper meters are harder to work, because they don't do anything automatically. That thing has like a zillion


Also, the last thing you want to be doing when troubleshooting a problem is to end up troubleshooting your troubleshooting tools. Things get miserable fast. Sure its accurate when its new, but what about a year from now? Is the voltage on this thing really that off or did my $18 voltmeter just kick the bucket?

My dad recently threw out a bunch of perfectly good power supplies before he realized his multimeter was shot (like I had been telling him), so it does happen.

A proper multimeter has undergone extensive testing to keep you as safe as possible, will be accurate for a long time, and will be fairly easy to use and see.

You don't need to shell out for a Fluke, which are about the best handheld meter you can buy. You can get yourself a decent Extech or something and you'll be happy, AND safe. Even if you make a mistake.

Thanks +1 rep. So far the only "reputable" brand I've heard of is Fluke so thanks for telling me about Extech too. I'll have to check those out. I don't really plan on sticking anything in my wall sockets but you do have a great point. I'll end up getting either Fluke or Extech.
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Argh, I hate re-reading my own posts. I meant to say "That thing has like a zillion stops on its selector switch." My fluke has three and will do more than that POS.


There's a lot of good multimeter makers. Gossen Metrawatt and Agilent are even higher end than Fluke in some respects (especially price).

Back in a good price range, Uni-T are hit and miss, there are some decent UEi ones out there. Extech is really where you want to be, though.
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