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    Ok, good plan.

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    Its weird.

    I have a q-tec with i got cheap cos it was dented, i thought, i'll save up some more cash and as soon as this one looks on the way out i'll get a new one.

    Been running for almost 3yrs now. Not a single hint of a problem.
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    Yeah, but if 60% of Q-tec owners haven't had a problem, compare that to 99% of Tagan/Thermaltake etc owners, and you can see why people worry.

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    I would recommend the 380w Tagan as posted by others. £43 is good value for a psu of the wattage and quality. 330w I consider to be the bare minimum. In the future you may want to upgrade the graphics card to a more power hungry model or add other hardware, so I would say it's better economy spending £10 extra now.
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    Having read some reviews of the Hiper Dual Fan 425W it appears perfectly safe. Yes I have got to the point where I will not turn on my other PC because of the Q-Tec PSU and I'm verging on paranoia, and thus all other PSUs are "safe."

    Having done some price hunting on my 13 favourite shops I've found the PSU cheapest (including postage and packing) at Novatech and thus I will be ordering the PSU tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougal
    Its weird.

    I have a q-tec with i got cheap cos it was dented, i thought, i'll save up some more cash and as soon as this one looks on the way out i'll get a new one.

    Been running for almost 3yrs now. Not a single hint of a problem.

    Qtec psus seem to be very lacking in safety features, infact im supprised that shops are allowed to sell them, as I would call them a fire risk (becuase they lack safety cutouts).

    With most psus you can overload them without worrying about it, but a qtec will go bang and set your house on fire.

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    Personally I'd stay away from Q-Tec as its the 'el-cheapo' of PSU makers - a good judge of a PSU is the weight.

    Hiper PSU's from our good friends at Scan are decent (afaik they are rebranded CWT's) - +5v and +12v ampages are similar to top of the line Enermax in the Hiper 425W version.

    Tagans stay away from, working for a small retailer I've heard too many horror stories (with SLI rigs - branded boards and ram etc) to warrant buying one.

    Never, ever skimp on a PSU. For your rig an Enermax 425W would do it nicely. Stretch to a 485W should you want more HD's and a more powerful GFX Card/CPU in the near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabs
    Tagans stay away from, working for a small retailer I've heard too many horror stories (with SLI rigs - branded boards and ram etc) to warrant buying one.
    I had one go one me after turning it off and on a few time quickly. But it didn't kill anything in my system. At the time I think there was a faulty batch - it does happen. I consider them to be one of the best around and continue to use a 480w with no issues. Very solid rails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougal
    Been running for almost 3yrs now. Not a single hint of a problem.
    cool. Though that was probably a very daft thing to say

    btw, the first hint of a problem you will probably get is being able to roast marshmallows, or use your computer to make cheese on toast.

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    Still get good temps.

    I'm going to get the £40 400W PSU from the bargain section tho, probably today
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    You can get a 425W Hiper PSU from Scan for £43.35 delivered - how does 2 x 12v rails sound? One with 16A and one with 15A. Its Quiet ATX/BTX and has a 20 or 24 pin connector for newer MB's.

    As mentioned before, thats the same rails as the Enermax 485W at about 1/2 the price.

    Upto you though

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