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All right. The reason why I'm writing this is partly because I'm tired of seeing some people trying to buy the cheapest PSU they can find (either price or brand-wise), yet spend all the money on the best computer hardware they can find (RAM, CPU, video card, etc.)

As I've said this more than several times (), it is very crucial to buy a decent - when I say decent, I mean GOOD - power supply unit when building a new, shiny system or upgrading to a new PSU.

PSU is like the heart of a human body.
When your heart is bad, how does the rest of the body respond? I'm sure you have the answer to that.

When the PSU is bad, the computer responds with: random shutdowns, no booting, BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death!!!), and - in extreme cases - "POP!" and the smell of burning, sometimes accompanied by fire.

Unlike the human heart, the PSU may not - notice the word "may" - take all the hardware with it when it dies. It is also replaceable, and does not take a major surgery, as long as you have some $$$.

When buying a PSU, it is important to keep your eyes open for the good and reliable brands.

Such brands are: Fortron (FSP), Enermax, Sunbeam (NUUO 550W is a good one), Seasonic, OCZ, etc. (I cannot remember all the names of the brands of PSUs that people buy nowadays... some good, unheard brands are out there, folks!)
Danger List: Atrix, Asus, Coolermaster, Powmax and generally PSUs that come with a case.

Now, you can tell good brands from bad brands, can ya? But after looking around, are the only ones that catch your eyes the ones in high $20s and low $40s? Sorry to pop your bubble, but you're going to have to come back with more cash to spend.

I highly recommend that you spend $80+ on a PSU from one of the brands stated above. Too expensive, you say? Not so if you've experienced the pain and the agony (and sometimes tears ) that come after buying a cheapo PSU. Trust me. If not, trust some other person with better knowledge than I. It is worth every penny to invest a good amount of money into the heart of your system. If you plan to buy a good brain (CPU), why not a good heart?

Thanks for reading my advice. I hope you'll make a wise decision.

-Zip
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Would you recommend the 400watt FSP for me or is 400watt limiting????
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post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by guitar22891
Would you recommend the 400watt FSP for me or is 400watt limiting????
Yes, a 400w PSU from FSP will do the trick for you..

Also, Antec, Aspire, Thermaltake (purepower series)...ect.

Avoid list: Atrix, Asus, Coolermaster (<-- PSU blew on me) ... Case PSU's in general. Probably a little more info on Case PSU's and your guide looks sweet Zip
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by guitar22891
Would you recommend the 400watt FSP for me or is 400watt limiting????
Like wowza said, a 400W FSP will do very well.

Wattage isn't everything.

More wattage does not mean better performance. A 500W Aspire (*cough* mine *cough*) may be - probably is - worse than a 450W Antec TruePower.

@wowza: I'll add your list to the guide.
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post #5 of 10
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also, Antec, Aspire, Thermaltake (purepower series)...ect.
***? aspires are one of if not the worst psu suppliers in the world, and the TT purepower psus are outdated and the 12v rails tend to fluctuate alot
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Originally Posted by Ishy
***? aspires are one of if not the worst psu suppliers in the world, and the TT purepower psus are outdated and the 12v rails tend to fluctuate alot
I second that comment.

Prior to my current Tagan I used to have an Asus 350W which came with my case. The Asus happily powered my Pentium 4 up to 3.75GHz with my 7800 GTX and 4 drives.

However, before that I had a Thermaltake PurePower butterfly which did pretty much the same except I couldn't raise my FSB any higher than 210 for a 3.57GHz clock.

Now I have my Tagan I'm able to run stable at 4.0GHz 24/7.

The moral of the story, Thermaltake make pretty funky looking cases but their other components are more about "bling" than actual performance.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ishy
***? aspires are one of if not the worst psu suppliers in the world, and the TT purepower psus are outdated and the 12v rails tend to fluctuate alot

what are you talking about...I have a 430w TT purepower...and they don't, I mean I'm staying at 12.04v on my 12v rail.

nice guide zipnogg
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Corsiair H110i Windows 10 Pro x64 3x Dell U2717D 2560x1440 monitors Coolermaster Masterkeys TKL 
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post #8 of 10
You should add the i-cute to the list, very very very bad PSU's.
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Hello friends, has no-one mentioned Hyper, they make very reliable PSUs
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Another PSU to avoid as they seem not to be able to consistently produce quality is Ultra. (I hope mine works ok)
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