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PSU: what makes the difference?

post #1 of 4
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Hi,

In Feb-2007 my PSU died (just a random 450W crap), I went to my local store and bought a 99€ LC Power Arkangel (never heard of that brand, just bought a SLI capable one for my two 8800GTS).

So, I bought that PSU waiting for the store to receive the new OCZ PSUs (back then...) aware that the Arkangel was probably a piece of ****.

Here I am with OCd i7, a GTX260+8800GTS, 2 HDDs, 8 Fans...etc. My question is simple: what makes the difference in the PSU world? Anyone else with the same model? I'm just lucky?

P4 > Athlon > Phenom > i7 ...and this tough guy don't wanna die lol

Why is mine so good, even when the brand/model is supposed to be bad? Never had a problem, the "warranty void" sticker is still there.

PS: No complaints, I'm just curious.
post #2 of 4
Just because your PSU hasn't blown up does not mean it is "good". There are things to consider like ripple (how stable the power output is) and efficiency (how much waste heat is produced).
    
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Samsung 250 GB SSD,2X 1TB F3, 250GB WD Blue, 1T... Asus BD Megahalems black chrome edition Windows 7 Professional 
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2x Asus 24" Mac keyboard Enermax ERV950EWT Silverstone FT02 
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^^^^^ and Over Current Protection (OCP).
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Core i7-930 D0 3.8Ghz ASUS P6T SE PowerColor HD5870 1GB 6GB Corsair Dominator XMS3 8-8-8-20 1200Mhz 
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1TB Wester Digital Windows 7 Home 64bit Acer 23" XFX 850w Black Edtion 
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Core i7-930 D0 3.8Ghz ASUS P6T SE PowerColor HD5870 1GB 6GB Corsair Dominator XMS3 8-8-8-20 1200Mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Wester Digital Windows 7 Home 64bit Acer 23" XFX 850w Black Edtion 
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HAF 932 
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post #4 of 4
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I'm asking because since 2007 my other computer burnt 2 PSUs (1OCZ, 1 Antec) and have a working Corsair now (awesome psu, I must say).

I know it doesn't mean it's good.
Edited by _Chimera - 1/25/11 at 7:00am
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