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post #11 of 16
I have one of these CoolerMaster Cases that's powering an E2180, 4gb Ram, 120gb hdd, 8800GTS 640mb for over a year now...
post #12 of 16
Low-end Coolermaster/Thermal Master PSUs are actually okay. I suggest that one for builds that need a really low budget. Don't think shipping is free though.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by coonmanx View Post
^This advice is for the super cheapo person. Personally I would spend the $40 and be done with it. Crap is still crap.
And spending extra money when it is not needed is for the gullable - money is still money

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Originally Posted by Croftie View Post
The trouble with cheap generic PSU's is they can go bang and take out the rest of the system aswell, or, they can give you stability problems and randomly kill components.
That's the age old argument/excuse sprouted by all those in the know isn't it

But for almost a decade of building PCs for soho and smb using the generic PSUs that come with the desktop cases that I have used, I have never had a PSU fail and take out the whole PC - and I'm not talking a couple builds, I'm talking hundreds of PC builds over that time.

I'm not saying all generic PSUs are made the same, and that a generic PSU is suitable for everyone - however, when used in a basic PC that will never be used for anything intense enough to draw anywhere near the power limit of the PSU, the generic PSU will work fine.

My point is that as long as you use any PSU within its specs, all should be fine.



P.S. Just thinking out loud - I'm not sure about the US, but in AU we have strick regulations on what can be plugged into a power socket, and any electrical item that will plug into a power socket must pass specific checks before it can be sold in AU. Perhaps these tests keep a lot of the poorly designed generic PSUs out of AU and that is why generic PSUs in AU do not have as bad of a reputation as they do in the US?
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post #14 of 16
People will always say never skimp on a cheap PSU which is true but sometimes you get a real decent el cheapo PSU that just plain works. I got an extremely cheap Optimax Titan 550w PSU back in 2006 and used it in two systems over a 4-1/2 year period and even overclocked with it and it worked flawlessly. I was forced to upgrade it when I bought a new MoBo which needed the 8-pin ATX. I still have it for use as a back-up. Point is if you can afford always buy a dependable brand but if not there are some reliable cheap ones out there as well.
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Originally Posted by un-nefer View Post
That's the age old argument/excuse sprouted by all those in the know isn't it
I'm talking from experience. At the end of the day you pay your money and take your chance. I would never deal with el cheopo again, haveing experienced one and the problems it gave.
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post #16 of 16
Antec Basiq BP350 350W $25 w/promo code,
SeaSonic SS-350ET Bronze 350W $42,
Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W $53,

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