Is this PSU good or not?

January 17, 2011 at 16:20:53
Specs: Windows XP sp3, 4200+/4g
Just bought this PSU to use in my system. I have not seen any reviews on this particular unit. Can you guys let me know if this seems like a good deal for what I paid ($43.00)? I don't know much about PSU's.

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
Geforce6100pm-m2 V3.0 mobo
4 GB Samsung pc2 800 6400
Nvidia Geforce 8600gt
120g Maxtor HDD

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January 17, 2011 at 16:26:15
Only time will tell. It has two 12V rails and most today recommend PSU with single 12V rail @ high amps. The time to ask was before you bought it.

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January 17, 2011 at 16:35:24
20 amps on the 12v, whats the minimum for you graphics card?


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January 17, 2011 at 16:35:48
I bought it because it fits my needs. I was curious if it was a good deal at the price I paid. A while back I knew to look for higher amps on the +12. This was the highest I could find for around 40 bucks. Most others were 16-17amps. Is this a decent brand? It looked good to me. Now I just want to know what others think.

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January 17, 2011 at 17:55:02
As Richard59 said, time will tell. You should have asked before you bought it.

Two things jump out at me: it's an ATX12V 2.0 unit (current standard is ATX12V 2.3) & it has a 46A rating on the +5v rail. Who the heck needs 46A on the +5v? No one! Loading up amps on the +5v is a trick some manufacturers use to inflate the overall wattage rating. This PSU is no where near being a 500W unit. It's a 400W unit at best & even that may be a stretch. You paid too much for a low end PSU.

Here's a 380W Antec ATX12V 2.3 that's 80+ certified, has active PFC, a 3 yr warranty & it's only $40. What's the warranty on the Zumax?

For $5 more, here's a 430W Antec:

And that's just the beginning. I could post at least a 1/2 dozen others that cost the same (or less) & are better than the one you ended up with.

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