Originally Posted by benjamen50
It's because their overpriced and you can get the same or even better quality for the lower price.
These two are good.
EVGA SuperNova G2 750 or CoolerMaster V700 (Not 100% sure if 700W is enough).
The only thing I bought from Corsair was a computer case and a usb, usb failed after 15 seconds of being used, getting it replaced anyway.
You could get someone to replace the fan, well someone that is experienced in working in the inside of a PSU, because power supplies can still carry a fatal amount of electricity even when unplugged, it is possible to drain out the power before doing so. The scary smell is most likely the overheating in the power supply, because playing games puts more load on the graphics card and CPU therefore adding more wattage being used causing the PSU to heat up more.
EVGA doesn't have anything between 750w and 1000w, or at least not on Newegg. I think an extra $50 is worth it for platinum certification and an extra 110w compared to the EVGA. I'd rather not use Coolermaster since I don't have any experience with them and this is an unusually expensive build for me so I only want to use parts I trust.
It's probably obvious, but I got screwed pretty bad by Zotac build before last and it's given me some trust issues with unfamiliar brands. I also had some pretty serious driver issues that took months to get fixed with the only piece of XFX hardware I owned. These days I restrict myself to Western Digital, EVGA, MSI, Thermaltake, ASUS, Kingwin and Corsair since I know there won't be any major disasters with those brands.
And I was aware of the capacitor issue. That's one of the reasons I'm not going to try to replace the fan. Another is that I'm planning to SLI so I need a better PSU anyway. Finally, as long as I have to take everything apart for a new case I might as well save myself some work and swap out the PSU at the same time. That's the agenda for April, the case and PSU.
After that probably one of the GPU's. Then I'll do the mobo, RAM and CPU all at once. Then the SSD and HDD. Then the other GPU. Then once everything else is done I'll start on the water cooling and the cable mods. I can only spend about $400 a month on it (and I'm donating plasma just to afford that much) so it'll take a few months. On the bright side hopefully prices will come down some before I'm done.
By the way, thanks for letting me know about the PSU problem you two. That saved me $200.
Just can't trust those lying PSU calculators, apparently.Edited by Pixelmancer - 3/12/14 at 11:03pm