The Swamp wrote:
I've had terrible luck with Antec power supplies over the years
In fact, this is the second Antec 380 that was purchased. The first one made the same whining noise. The CM 360 case was new to me with the PSU mounted in the front with a patch power cable running to the back of the case, so it kind of threw me for a loop. When I saw that there was no way to connect the patch cable to the PSU in the original orientation of the power plug, it was clear that flipping the power plug was the only way to get everything together. Unfortunately, in my haste, I flipped the power plug before I turned the computer on for the first time. Conveniently, there are stickers over the screws on the PSU that say "warranty void if removed" so an RMA was out of the question.
A couple weeks later, I find out that my brother who was home from college for winter break at the time, and helped me with the original build, had bought a second Antec Earthwatts 380 by request of my parents in hopes of correcting the issue. He foolishly flipped the power plug over before testing the unit, AGAIN, hence voiding the warranty, and leaving us with the same problem.
I will try hot gluieng the inductors, but my trust in Antec PSUs has been all but lost despite the public acclimations they recieve. I think my business will go to Corsiar and Seasonic in the future.
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