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CaptainVincent
17-11-2010, 04:38 PM
$88 + $8 and I have myself a half decent case and 500W PSU, what does everyone else think? http://www.techworld.co.nz/aerocool-aquilo-black-midtower-case-500w-v231-p-26218.html

$96 SEEMS to be pretty good value to be honest. I was think $110 for a Raidmax and 500W but Raidmax have pretty flimsy cases at that price (even some others).

Any other suggestions (definitely welcome) around the same price or does it look all goods?

I'm not building a heavy machine just a 95w x3 phenom and HD4850 (which was good on my thermaltake 460w but it's pretty reliable).

CYaBro
17-11-2010, 04:44 PM
At that price the 500W PSU will highly likely be a piece of junk.

CaptainVincent
17-11-2010, 04:50 PM
At that price the 500W PSU will highly likely be a piece of junk.

Likely yes, positively no. Good sign that it has many many molex and satas, and a pci-e connector. The real bad 500W don't even have PCI-e connectors.

So far i'll be taking a risk (albeit small). Any other suggestions.

wainuitech
17-11-2010, 05:21 PM
At the end of the day, the case is just a box to house everything - A cardboard box would work as well :D -- Its the PSU that is important in the case - a bad (read cheap) PSU can cause all sorts of problems, can blow up everything else inside when it fails.

99.9% of the time when I purchase cases for new builds, if its a cheap one the PSU is the first thing to be ripped out and a good one installed.

CaptainVincent
17-11-2010, 05:30 PM
At the end of the day, the case is just a box to house everything - A cardboard box would work as well :D -- Its the PSU that is important in the case - a bad (read cheap) PSU can cause all sorts of problems, can blow up everything else inside when it fails.

99.9% of the time when I purchase cases for new builds, if its a cheap one the PSU is the first thing to be ripped out and a good one installed.

True that, I wish I could look at the PSU separately and see how many amps .etc. it has.

Does V2.31 for the 500w psu signify anything reassuring?

Snorkbox
17-11-2010, 06:43 PM
No. Not reassuring at all.

pctek
17-11-2010, 06:59 PM
$8 and I have myself a 500W PSU,
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Complete rubbish. They're cheap for a reason and I sure wouldn't trust my precious hardware to such a thing. Throw it away and buy a proper quality reliable one.

Nomad
17-11-2010, 07:10 PM
This is another hot topic here :p

Sure enough plenty of people out in the real world have these cheapies even some members if they care to admit. At the end of the day you should do regular backups, even good ones can fail or destroy hardware. So if you all you have is a $500 CPU box that's all you got to lose (provided you backup data).

CaptainVincent
17-11-2010, 07:17 PM
Complete rubbish. They're cheap for a reason and I sure wouldn't trust my precious hardware to such a thing. Throw it away and buy a proper quality reliable one.

Wow calm down the $8 is the shipping...

inphinity
17-11-2010, 07:21 PM
Had a 550W Aerocool PSU. Voltage regulation was flaky as hell. Threw it out in less than a week.

CaptainVincent
17-11-2010, 07:22 PM
Had a 550W Aerocool PSU. Voltage regulation was flaky as hell. Threw it out in less than a week.

Thank you!, Will not be getting it now =)

CaptainVincent
18-11-2010, 03:44 PM
Could someone please recommend me a good PSU & Case combo with a target for $150 and under.

PSU should be over 450W as i'll be running a HD4850 and low-mid end tri-core =).

wratterus
18-11-2010, 03:47 PM
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=13050

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=13629

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=9001

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=13096

I'd take the CM Elite 330 out of that lot, seems to be pretty good value for money, if you don't mind an un-blingy case.

I like the lower end CM cases - compare them to the competition in the $80 - $130 bracket and they are much better built and pretty good looking in comparison to most of the others. The PSUs are nothing to write home about, but should be able to handle the jandal as long as they aren't stressed out too much.

CaptainVincent
18-11-2010, 03:53 PM
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=13050

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=13629

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=9001

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=13096

I'd take the CM Elite 330 out of that lot, seems to be pretty good value for money, if you don't mind an un-blingy case.

Ooo that V3 has a real bad PSU just read a review for it =s. How about those other 3? Funnily already had them lined up on pricespy, PSU's any good?

wratterus
18-11-2010, 03:58 PM
I don't like Thermaltake at all personally. Their cases or PSUs. I threw that one in cause it has the bling factor some people like. :p

CaptainVincent
18-11-2010, 04:57 PM
I decided to go for the 600W Thermaltake Litepower version. Any recommendations for a nice PC Case, flashy or not.