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QW.
18-07-2011, 07:58 PM
Are the Enermax PSU's any good?

pctek
18-07-2011, 08:33 PM
Yes. Corsair, Enermaax, Antec in that order.

QW.
18-07-2011, 08:39 PM
Looks like I will be getting me one then. Got a bad Hyena PSU with my new case today.

Agent_24
18-07-2011, 08:50 PM
Don't bother with the bottom-of-the-line PSUs from them though.

The Antec Basiq and Enermax Tomahawk (I think) both don't use very decent capacitors. While the rest of the design is probably OK the capacitors aren't that great.

In fact the same goes for the Hyena - overall it's probably not an incredibly bad PSU (although some versions are really bad) but the capacitors always let them down.

QW.
19-07-2011, 02:46 PM
So what PSU should I put in the PC I am putting together. I would like to go for a Corsair PSU, trouble is they are so expensive for a 500watt PSU

Agent_24
19-07-2011, 03:19 PM
Corsair 400CX seem OK

I have one in my lounge PC... although it uses OST capacitors, which aren't regarded as the best. When they fail I'll replace them with something decent and keep on going.

Unless you pay a couple of hundred dollars for a really good PSU (like my Enermax Modu82+) you may have capacitor problems with any\all of the cheap ones.


Most people won't care as the capacitors generally last a couple of years but personally I don't like things that are bad quality, especially when the good quality ones would last 10-15 years

CYaBro
19-07-2011, 03:39 PM
Well even the cheap Enermax PSUs have a 3 year warranty so if the cheap caps are only lasting a couple of years they'll have to fix/replace under warranty.

pctek
19-07-2011, 04:53 PM
So what PSU should I put in the PC

Enermax or Corsair - whatever you like of the two. Or Antec.

QW.
19-07-2011, 05:27 PM
Enermax or Corsair - whatever you like of the two. Or Antec.

Are any of their lower end PSU's any good?

Agent_24
19-07-2011, 06:30 PM
Depends what your definition of good is.

As I said, yes they work OK but they also have cheaper capacitors than their more expensive counterparts.

As I also said, you can fix this problem by just replacing the capacitors if they fail before you upgrade the thing anyway. (Or just replace anyway as soon as the warranty is over, which is what I will be doing with mine)

Antec has a reputation for using Fuhjyyu capacitors which are widely regarded as one of the worst brands in existence.

QW.
19-07-2011, 06:47 PM
Sounds like the Corsair PSU's are the way to go. Just got to find where I can purchase one.

QW.
19-07-2011, 07:13 PM
I could get a Corsair CX430 for $100.95 at Ascent.

http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=396300

QW.
19-07-2011, 07:38 PM
Or this

http://dicksmith.co.nz/product/XH9827/cooler-master-extreme-power-plus-460w-power-supply

Agent_24
19-07-2011, 07:41 PM
I wouldn't, it's a cheaped-down version of the CX400 which is a lot better.

QW.
19-07-2011, 07:44 PM
I could get a Corsair CX430 for $100.95 at Ascent.

Agent_24
19-07-2011, 08:01 PM
I could get a Corsair CX430 for $100.95 at Ascent.

I guess that wouldn't be too bad of a choice really... As a PSU it's not bad although if you can get a 400CX you probably should as they are better.

http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=93169 - make up your own mind.

pctek
19-07-2011, 08:02 PM
Have a read:

http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_PSUs


These guys are known for real reviews, take it apart and check components used, stress test etc type reviews.

QW.
19-07-2011, 08:07 PM
I guess that wouldn't be too bad of a choice really... As a PSU it's not bad although if you can get a 400CX you probably should as they are better.

http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=93169 - make up your own mind.

CX400 would be better than a CX430 by the looks of the review in your post.

QW.
19-07-2011, 08:14 PM
Have a read:

http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_PSUs


These guys are known for real reviews, take it apart and check components used, stress test etc type reviews.

Can't find any sort of reviews on that site.

pctek
19-07-2011, 10:22 PM
Can't find any sort of reviews on that site.
Look harder. This is the current recommended list but they have loads of reviews also, try another page, they have indexes.

Agent_24
19-07-2011, 11:35 PM
Hardwaresecrets.com do good reviews (especially with photographs) on hardware if you know what to look for.

Jonnyguru.com is also pretty good with PSUs but they usually only review the high end stuff.

If you want to know of any decent cheap PSUs you should probably check out the badcaps.net forums. (but ultimately I think they will tell you what I've already said, about replacing capacitors yourself if you want something cheap that will last)

QW.
20-07-2011, 05:32 PM
Just ordered a Corsair CX430 V2.