My (probably larger sample sized) experience is that they all suck. There are only a few real PSU manufacturer's around, companies like Antec mostly just select what they think will make them the most money from other OEMs like FSP, Seasonic, etc.bdwilcox wrote:There's a lot of Antecs in circulation, probably due to their near monopoly at brick and mortar stores like Staples, Best Buy, Circuit City (RIP), PC Richard, OfficeMax, and OfficeDepot, so the number of failures may seem skewed. But from personal experience, Antec is one power supply brand I avoid. I've never dealt with their higher wattage power supplies (800+) but I've dealt with quite a few of their lower wattage models that you would be looking at in that price range. I've had two dead out of the box, one died within 30 minutes of using it, and another died and took the system with it.
Flying Fox wrote:The problem though, is the $60 budget....
Flying Fox wrote:If you want something >= 500W I'm afraid you should up your budget a bit (also account for taxes and shipping) so you won't be forced into getting some lesser-known brand....
xzelence wrote:***ORIGINAL POSTER***
As of now I have a Rosewill RD500-2DB 500W PSU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182044). I know the efficiency is only > 65%, but I've been using it for about 6-7 months with my current config. (Athlon X2 2.2GHz 65W, Radeon HD 4850, Foxconn nForce 590a SLI) and so far there haven't been any problems. But I plan to upgrade to the Phenom II X3 720 and that Mobo in the original post, so do you think that would kill my PSU or will it hold up? What if I were to overclock that X3 720 in the future?
xzelence wrote:As far as I can read the label on my PSU, under DC input it says
+12V1 = 15A
+12V2 = 16A
-12V = 0.8A
I guess that's because it's +12 rails, so there's multiple? Do I add those two together to get 31 Amps, or does it not work like that? OR am I reading the wrong thing?
Thebolt wrote:Maybe if you have some big disk arrays(I'm not familiar with that).
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