Originally Posted by allikat
It's still kicking because it lacks the protections that would shut down a decent PSU in the same terrible condition. It's now a motherboard killer, putting out potentially damaging voltages and with nothing to stop it.
Almost all power supplies in store bought rigs are cheap and terrible junk like that Logisys, but some major OEM makers like Dell and Compaq/HP use semi-decent units that are sometimes pretty good.
If you're building it yourself, stick to the list of good PSUs in the stickied section at the top of this part of the forum.
All major retail PC brands use at least decent low-end PSUs. They may be low-wattage, cheap to manufacture, have few cables, poor finish, etc, but using terrible
PSUs would be a stupid idea because it would dramatically increase return rates.
No, the Delta, Lite-on, FSP, Hipro, HEC, Bestec, and other OEM PSUs these companies use are good enough to do the job they're spec'd to, and with a little bit of headroom for minor upgrades.