Cheap powersupply

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  1. Kieffer87

    Kieffer87 Orly OT Supporter

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    Like the title says. We need a couple extra 300w power supply's around for older dell optiplex computers. Not looking to spend much but also don't want it to go out after 6 months either. Any ideas, kind of thinking Rosewill possibly?
     
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    pass on the rosewill -- they're crap.

    For inexpensive 300W power supplys, I think that Sparkle is the way to go.
     
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    Saw a couple of those, guess theres only one way to find out :noes:
     
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    If time isn't a huge issue, scope out newegg and slickdeals for rebates. I got my Antec power supply for 7 dollars shipped after rebate.
     
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    Sparkle and Fortron (or FSP, as they're known now) have several PSUs in the range you're looking for
     
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    Does anyone else shudder when they hear the words cheap powersupply close together?
     
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    Yep. When the psu goes it may take out the mobo, the cpu, the HD and the video card; all at once.
     
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    I do as well but these are for computers that are no longer under warranty usually POS computers P3 systems and old optiplex that we are basically just trying to stretch a bit more life out of. So if it does take out everything its not that big of a deal.
     
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  10. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    You for sure have to do your homework these days, too.

    There's been a couple of mid-range Enermax psu's that were getting nasty feedback for wiping out whole systems on newegg for a while there.
     
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    If you're trying to get a little more bang for your buck, don't buy a new PSU until the old one fails. If the computer gets decommissioned before the old PSU fails, then you'll have wasted money to buy a replacement ahead of time.
     
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    Thats the deal. I am a student Tech for a University. We have alot of older computers that are for students and such that have just gotten passed down. And we just want to have a few extra power supply's laying around when they do go before we decommission them or the get a new hand me down.
     
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    I disagree with that train of thought, generally because cheap psus tend to take other components out with them.
     
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    ANY power supply can take out other components when they die; it's almost never the transformer that bites the dust, but all the other power conditioning stages that are supposed to protect the computer -- and which quickly become incapable of doing so when they break.

    Cheap PSUs are just more likely to fail, that's all. And if these PSUs have held out for a few years already, I'm inclined to say it's not worth the risk of replacing them with newer units that are not only untested, but also no safer than the old units they're replacing.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Yeah I think so too, sort of.

    But that seems to happen quite a bit more when the psu is first installed.


    :dunno:
     
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    well, duh!
     
  17. deusexaethera

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    I think at this point we can all safely say we agree that the best kind of PSU to buy is a really good one, and the best time to buy it is when the computer is brand-new.

    Other than that, I think it's best to take a don't-fix-it-til-it-breaks approach, especially considering these machines are neither new nor expensive nor critical.
     
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    :werd:

    most often, they are more of a liability than an asset.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    ugh, antec ew 380 is crap.
     
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    Sparkle FSP300-60N, 300W. $29.99 Newegg.com Nice 120mm fan. quiet. Don't know about the Dell, though.
     

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