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From the review I seen from HardOCP the unit is not that good but at the same time it is also one of the best in its price range. Im running my system @ stock with the 500W and it seems to be doing ok. I guess time will tell.
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post #23 of 53
All of these threads ive seen with varying results. What we really need to get is some feedback on when/if these "poor" or "less ideal" PSU's fail.

Im on a budget build (for fun) case came pre-loaded with a Diablotek 400W, I removed that immediately, just for safety, picked up a 520W Insignia PSU for $39 until I found a more reputable power supply. the EVGA 600w 80Plus went on sale for $37.99 at BestBuy, I returned the 520W Insignia (only rated at 383W actual on the label) waiting for the EVGA 600W to come in.

In the mean time, I have placed the Diablotek back in the case (made a few videos which will be uploaded to YT here soon, to show it will work with a single 6850 vid card and multiple HDD's/SSD.s and my FX-6300 processor) awaiting my new PSU.

Just got the PSU yesterday, The Diablotek has been running for the past 3 days no issues (and im not going to do any longevity tests at this point) But will be installing the EVGA 600W tonight.

My load with the under 100W TDP FX-6300 and a HD 6850 card ill be well under the 75% total power consumption of the EVGA PSU. Not heavily stressed, I should see a good 3-5years at 100% uptime.


It is a Retail of $59 power supply, it should last a few years...when not taxing it 100%, maybe longer. Its not the MOST efficient, but for my build my fingers are crossed it will last until I do a new build (2-3 years).




Anyone have any good longevity or failure results?
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post #24 of 53
I think we will both be fine. Neither are running crazy OC'ing or running 2 8pin GPU on the EVGA. The problem is people say just spend a little more money and get something better but sometimes you don't have anything extra to spare. I looked around and couldn't really find any stories of the PSU just dying out of the blue and going out in a blaze of glory.
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I think we will both be fine. Neither are running crazy OC'ing or running 2 8pin GPU on the EVGA. The problem is people say just spend a little more money and get something better but sometimes you don't have anything extra to spare. I looked around and couldn't really find any stories of the PSU just dying out of the blue and going out in a blaze of glory.

I'm on the same page with you! "There is always something better" it may cost more, but in reality were not using the $9.99-$14.99 PSU specials .
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post #26 of 53
I'm also (ironically) considering this low end PSU to power an OCed Skylake G4400 budget build. OCing a G4400 uses manual voltage anyway, so that won't need to vary load, and the GPU should handle it fine too. Haven't bought it yet, but as it's for a budget Skylake Pentium build, may end up getting it at the end of it anyway. Price does really mean quality with PSUs however, but I agree with you guys - there really is no long term studies on this PSUs quality, and AFAIK there aren't any people crying that it burnt their house down after a year. RTD!

If you need a sure bet for a super reliable PSU, the G2 SuperNOVA is a great bet. But it's quite a lot more expensive too. I guess the question is, how much do I want to pay for my rig's safety. Jonny Guru reviews are one thing, but daily use over a year by a normal consumer is an entirely different thing.
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@Desolutional - Im on 3 days now 100% up time, taxing my GPU at 98% and CPU @ 50-60% on the EVGA 600w PSU. So that should be my max power i would ever pull from this rig. I have no doubts this PSU will outlive this current build and then be transplanted into a dedicated theatre PC later down the road.
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post #28 of 53
EVGA 500B coming in from a Newegg sale yesterday, $10 US,with a 3 year warranty (sold out fast, had a $20 rebate, $10 "Shell Shocker" coupon code & free shipping).

This will be the 9th HEC 380/500/550 80+ I've bought for under $20. These are low end offerings in the 80+ category, but all have been good enough for budget builds and as replacements for old and inefficient power supplies.
post #29 of 53
awesome deal, ive run mine for a few weeks now. 100% up time no issues. and come to think about it my initial build on my i3 was with an HEC 500w.
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post #30 of 53
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Anyone have any good longevity or failure results?

I build, sell and then support custom computers as an independent IT guy. So I have some insights on these units.

In March 2014 I started buying both the 430w and 500w EVGA PSUs (100-W1-0430-KR and 100-W1-0500-KR).

I've bought 23 from Newegg and 14 from Amazon, totalling 37. I still have one on the shelf unopened, so I can speak for the 36 that I've used.

First of all, none have failed since then or been DOA from the vendor to begin with.

I only use these in standard business workstations or home computers with integrated motherboard graphics, or very weak added cards which don't require dedicated power. All my gamer builds get much more serious power supplies because I'm a gamer myself and learned that lesson a long time ago. I also carry and offer my home customers a choice between these and one which I charge $150 for (I mark up about 30%, standard business practice) - and lots of times residential people pay this even at over twice the price because they understand the concept of quality and treat it like an upgrade. I especially never condone gamers or overclockers use a budget power supply.

I was disappointed to read this article and learn that HEC makes these. But I've had nothing but great results in my non-enthusiast and non-gamer builds. As the owner of this very small business, it helps me keep costs down and compete a little better.

I did run across a scenario where I couldn't use either of these power supplies and had to swap out a different brand. I used a case (Fractal Design FD-CA-ARC-MINI-R2-BL-W) with fan selector switch that consistently crashed when using the switch. Changing to the only other power supply I had on the shelf at the time (Sentey 725w XPP725-HS) resolved it.

I will happily continue to stick with this PSU as my budget pick. But this was a great article that confirms I'm doing the right thing by keeping it as my lowest tier offering.

Thanks, and I hope this helps.
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