Originally Posted by shawnL
Would it be better if I just bought an insigna 520w psu? I really just want to make sure my computer doesn't self destruct. I can also get an Apevia 700w psu, an antec 450w psu, a coolmax 600w psu, or a cooler master 450w psu.
Thanks for all the help guys, I extremely appreciate it
As TwoCables previously posted, I'd stay far from no-name brands... Antec and Coolermaster are usually good, Coolermaster has a few PSU's that are not good, although they SEEM to be getting better on the low cost front (not sure about that), but Antec usually have some pretty good ones (although I had an HCP1200W, built by Delta (OEM), die on me after a couple of years), but you have to check for the exact model that you want / can buy. Having a really limited power supply menu here in Brazil, I've learned to check for everything (ripple, filtering, PFC, stability, crossloading...) before commiting to a buy, but PSU's aren't a simple component of your PC... I'd compare them to the heart of a PC, actually. It supplies the juice with which all your other components will work from. I'd say you should check sites like jonnyguru.com, the newer anandtech PSU reviews and some threads here (I'd start from here: http://www.overclock.net/t/715889/phaedrus-psu-articles
) to get a little more insight before commiting to a buy!