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my friend told me that he's been using some OEM off brand PSU for SLI in the last two years and it worked just fine..

while some ppl on this forum told me that I better spend money for a better brand..

but what are the difference??
    
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the quality of the piece and warranty
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Off brand PSUs are quite risky, and usually way too expensive for what you get.

Some people use them without issue, but many will see problems (instability, premature component failure, and so on) with them. The failure of a sub-standard PSU can cost you far more than a power-supply. Anything connected to it is prone to damage as well.

Cheaping out on a PSU is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. That's not to say you need to spend lots of money on one, but you do need to get one of sufficent quantity and quality for the task at hand.
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Yep, its only really worth getting an El Cheapo PSU for an El Cheapo machine.

I would strongly oppose using one in an enthusiasts machine.
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my friend told me that he's been using some OEM off brand PSU for SLI in the last two years and it worked just fine..

while some ppl on this forum told me that I better spend money for a better brand..

but what are the difference??
Define 'some OEM off brand PSU'? Which one specifically?
    
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