View Poll Results: Do you care more about your PSU than a year ago?

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Thread: Think back a year...

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    Think back a year...

    Over recent months I've seen an inumerable quantity of PSU reviews on the Internet. It seems power is a big concern these days. So, think to a year ago. Did you care as much about your PSU back then as you do now? Was that 250watt job that came with your case "up to it"?

    I've been a power "junkie" for about three years, since I got my 350watt enermax. However, if I'd not had power problems, I'd maybe have been longer before becoming aware of the importance of a good PSU. I took things further with a 450watt Antec I bought a few months back. Quality!

    Of course, now, with the increasing power consumption of devices and dependability upon stable rails, there's a natural increase in awareness. Still... let's see...

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    i care about my psu a year ago so dont care anymore now than then just as important now as then, started here with a 350w enermax aswell then to an antec truepower 430 and then when i got a vapochill to an enermax 550 which im using now and have been for about a year

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    I had the unbranded 300W that came with my case for a while and it worked fine. I just felt the urge one day to buy my super beefy one and it hasn't let me down in the slightest. A decent PSU is critical if it's stability and reliabity you're after
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    My 2-year old case came with a Antec-branded 340W PSU. I'm just about to upgrade my PC and I have no plans to swap it for something newer.

    I don't see the point really, I doubt I need more power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kez
    I've been a power "junkie" for about three years, since I got my 350watt enermax. However, if I'd not had power problems, I'd maybe have been longer before becoming aware of the importance of a good PSU. I took things further with a 450watt Antec I bought a few months back. Quality!
    I wonder how many people started out on the 'good PSU' trail with a either a 350W Enermax or a 400W Sparkle?

    Personally, having had a long fixation with duallies, I've been aware of power issues longer than most. Having said that, the trusty old 350W Enermax and Antec units in 2 of my rigs had to be upgraded this year (to 480W tt units) when an upgrade to an FX5900 on one and A64 on the other resulted in 3DMark03 bombing on both. I must admit, the FX5900 handled it very gracefully with a driver popup informing of the lack of power, the Radeon 9800Pro in the other just hung the OS

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    When I built my PC a year ago I just made sure the spu was from a reputable brand, a few reviews comfirmed that Antec was.

    However since then I have learned lots about rails and how they relate to stability and also which componants use what rails.

    Also Ive just purchased a Tagen 480w which should arrive soon. Hopefully will last me for a good 2/3years.
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    a year ago I would probably have thought WOW!!! £20-25 for a 550w PSU I gotta get me one of those

    (Qtec of course)
    The things you leard within a year uh

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    i care more. Just got a chieftec 360w, but as my system gets bigger, i feel the need for a better psu.
    Currently eyeing up antec neopower

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    Quote Originally Posted by PanzerKnight
    Currently eyeing up antec neopower
    They REALLY need to send me one of those! I guess I'd have to send them money in return though, which is a shame.
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    I always had half an eye on it - when I built the work beastie, I made sure it had a decent PSU (Enermax 550) and when I recased the home box I made sure the case included a decent PSU (case is an Antec Sonata). Overall, I suppose I care now, but not more than a year ago.

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    Im self conscious about the psu I have, never trust a Q-Tec

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tupac
    Im self conscious about the psu I have, never trust a Q-Tec
    thats common knowledge now but a year ago I think hardly anyone realised how bad they were

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