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Originally Posted by Epitope;13198703 
Newegg reviews don't count...

Go to any "bare drive" hard drive or optical drive and read the negative reviews. Most complain about there being no Sata cable included. "Bare drive" means it is only the drive.

Most Newegg shoppers are clueless...

Thats why i read what the people say and determine if they are morons or if they have something legitimate to add, i do not just look at 1 egg or 5 eggs and decide if it is good or bad.
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post #12 of 43
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Originally Posted by Cacophony;13198690 
please don't go to your local repair shop. just come here and buy stuff online and save tons!

corsair/seasonic are top recommendations here.

I'm going to take a little umbrage here. While I know what you mean, I actually say support the little local guy, as long as he's not one of those cut-throat rip off artists. Small local business > big heartless mega stores imho. Just a little opinion. Anyway, do read that thread I posted up above OP.
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post #13 of 43
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Originally Posted by F-U-B-A-R;13198619 
I'ma change it around a little bit. The main brands you should buy are, Antec, Seasonic, Cougar, Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Coolermaster. (all trusted brands I believe)

Everything else is a little sketchy imo.

PCP&P have gone down hill bro. Also only certain models of Antec, cooler master, and Antec should be bought. Others should be avoided. Same goes with Corsair. Some of their PSUs I wouldn't run even to power a hard drive.
 
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post #14 of 43
Cooler master for the most part are garbage. The kingwins that are 80+ gold and higher are great too

Cougar goes from garbage to okay. No one on newegg reviews know anything about psus.

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post #15 of 43
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Originally Posted by ocpokey;13198688 
Buying by "brand" is not the smart way to go. There was a list on here which people have spent a long time ironing out, of recommended PSUs, the actual PSUs not just the brands, go take a look, made by smart people who know what they're talking about.

http://www.overclock.net/power-supplies/183810-faq-recommended-power-supplies.html

It's reasonably up to date, and a far better way to decide on a PSU than "brand". Some brands are hit or miss, in that some units are very good and others are total crap, you have to decide by the actual unit (Rosewill comes to mind)

By the way DONT USE NEWEGG REVIEWS TO DECIDE ANYTHING those people know nothing. THey give things 5 eggs if it shows up and works out of the box, and 1 egg if they get a DOA. That's a stupid way to rate complex items. Go by legitimate reviewers like JohnnyGuru and HardOCP and etc. You'll see from that thread I gave you.

I do check other sources as well, but if you actually read through all the reviews on newegg some people have valid points. I in no way suggest just looking at the number of eggs by a product when buying it. But if i go on there and I see 100 people saying it died after 6 months or something it will most certainly lead me to research the product much deeper. Now if i see someone who is like " was doa such crap never going to buy from them again" i would ignore it because no matter what there will always be doa units and i understand this.
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post #16 of 43
Read above it's funny you see hundreds of positive reviews on junky psus by logisys, athena power, raidmax and etc none of them can even do their rated wattage..

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Edited by Eagle1337 - 4/20/11 at 12:55am
post #17 of 43
Chances are that the local PC shop will have OEM brands in stock. OEM manufacturers build all of the units for larger companies like Antec and such.
It really depends on the individual model, and not a brand. For example, not all Antec PSUs are built by the same OEM. Some models might be made by Seasonic, and others will be made by Delta. Even that is not the deciding factor, as Antec may have the OEM modify the original platform to better suit Antec's market needs. Even past that, there may be several revisions of the same model. It gets confusing very quickly.
I would go to the store and see what they have and do the research from there using specific model #'s. That is the only way to know exactly what you are buying.
Newegg reviews must be taken with a grain of salt, which it sounds like you are doing. The best way to research PSUs is to find independent reviews, such as the ones listed here - http://www.overclock.net/power-supplies/738097-psu-review-database.html
Edited by spaceballsrules - 4/20/11 at 8:36am
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post #18 of 43
Most local stores use PSUs from one of three categories.

Category 1: mid-range enthusiast PSUs that are generally overkill for the system in question, because the owner is overly paranoid about power supplies.

Category 2: crappy overrated CoolerMaster or Thermaltake units.

Category 3: ultra-junk $20 white-box garbage.
post #19 of 43
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129;13202502 
Most local stores use PSUs from one of three categories.

Category 1: mid-range enthusiast PSUs that are generally overkill for the system in question, because the owner is overly paranoid about power supplies.

Category 2: crappy overrated CoolerMaster or Thermaltake units.

Category 3: ultra-junk $20 white-box garbage.

Nice call! I checked out what was in stock at the 2 shops that are within a mile of me and this is what they have.....

Store #1
350W FSP
350W Cooler Master Elite
200W InWin TFX
200W FSP/Sparkle Micro-ATX
400W High Power Micro-ATX
400W Cooler Master Elite
430W Thermaltake
500W Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus
600W FSP ATX Power Supply
Thermaltake TR2
600W OCZ ModXStream Pro
750W Corsair ATX Power Supply

Store #2
N-Spire ISO-400 Power Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34.00
N-Spire 305W Power Supply - QUIET. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34.00
ZuMax 400W Power Supply - QUIET. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34.00
Okia 550W Power Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39.00
CoolerMaster 500W Power Supply - QUIET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59.00
Rosewill 600W Power Supply - QUIET. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69.00

There is also a TigerDirect/CompUSA, and that fits all 3 categories also. smile.gif
Edited by spaceballsrules - 4/20/11 at 10:36am
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post #20 of 43
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Originally Posted by spaceballsrules;13203316 
Nice call! I checked out what was in stock at the 2 shops that are within a mile of me and this is what they have.....

Store #1
350W FSP
350W Cooler Master Elite
200W InWin TFX
200W FSP/Sparkle Micro-ATX
400W High Power Micro-ATX
400W Cooler Master Elite
430W Thermaltake
500W Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus
600W FSP ATX Power Supply
Thermaltake TR2
600W OCZ ModXStream Pro
750W Corsair ATX Power Supply

Store #2
N-Spire ISO-400 Power Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34.00
N-Spire 305W Power Supply - QUIET. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34.00
ZuMax 400W Power Supply - QUIET. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34.00
Okia 550W Power Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39.00
CoolerMaster 500W Power Supply - QUIET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59.00
Rosewill 600W Power Supply - QUIET. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69.00

There is also a TigerDirect/CompUSA, and that fits all 3 categories also. smile.gif

Fitting all 3 categories is better than most of what is around here. I can't even find much in the way of stores, except Best Buy.

This is what best buy had in-store:

ThermalTake TR2 650W
ThermalTake TR2 750W
ThermalTake TR2 RX 850W
Thermaltake Black Widow 750W
Corsair GS600
Rocketfish 700W (not sure if it had a model)

and that was basically it. Like 6 not great choices in various models of overkill is pretty bad for a HUGE store like BB.

Edit, interesting note, firefox is giving me crap about the spelling of every power supply listed except for Corsair (doesnt even bother me about GS600, but it does bother me about using the word firefox when not capitalized). I thought it was amusing at least.
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