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#51 11 years ago

Bottom line for me on not recommending the Rosewill PSU is that you can get a reputable brand named PSU for about the same price, or within a few bucks. That's one of the main reasons to build your own; you can do QC on every part, choosing brands that have good reputations for each component.




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#52 11 years ago

The only other brand that I've ever worked with a would definitely request in Thermaltake. And besides I really didn't buy this PSU for this rig, I bought it when I bought my GC in an old P4 HT eMachines, and I only needed the upgrade in wattage. For reputable companies, MS sometimes has good tech support, but how many times have they ripped off people by BSing situations, and then you go into the current lawsuit with Dell, who has pretty damn great tech support, but cheats all of their buyers by promising fake discounts. Paying more doesn't always mean better quality.




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#53 11 years ago

Paying more or generalizing about manufacturers that have lousy tech support is not our point Epic. The MS and Dell arguments don't fit here, we're specifically talking maximizing your rig's reliability by minimizing potential hardware and tech support problems. Of all the parts in a system the one that has the most potential to cause a domino effect of failures is the PS. To me it's not just a matter of knowing the manufacturer will cover failures on a PS but that it's designed to shut down before it damages others. Anyways, it's up to you to decide, we're just trying to help out.;)




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#54 11 years ago

Maybe I misinterpreted what you said, sorry. I'm just saying that you can't judge a company by a one time occurrence.

Although, since you are knowledgeable in PSUs, I'm thinkin about putting in a new SATA II Seagate 320 GB HDD, and right now, I'm gettin pretty close to filling all of the SATA power slots on the PSU.

Any idea of where I could get a good PSU with either Red or Blue LEDs, and two fans, one on the back and one off the processor, and up to 4 SATA power connecters, and possible modular cabling? I know, I'm picky.




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#55 11 years ago

In most situations, building your own computer is by far the easier and cheaper solution. The flip side to this is that you must be willing and able to act as your own tech support. If something goes wrong, you will have to diagnose and treat the problem yourself - there is no manufacturer warranty with these machines, save for those issued for the individual components. If you're uncomfortable with this idea, it might be better to buy a system off the shelf - then, at least, if anything does go wrong you won't have to worry about how to fix it, just send it packing back to base and let the company technicians deal with it.




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#56 11 years ago
Rookie;3914523In most situations, building your own computer is by far the easier and cheaper solution. The flip side to this is that you must be willing and able to act as your own tech support. If something goes wrong, you will have to diagnose and treat the problem yourself - there is no manufacturer warranty with these machines, save for those issued for the individual components. If you're uncomfortable with this idea, it might be better to buy a system off the shelf - then, at least, if anything does go wrong you won't have to worry about how to fix it, just send it packing back to base and let the company technicians deal with it.

can I still get warranty on the hardware parts?




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#57 11 years ago
EpicLoad;3914277Any idea of where I could get a good PSU with either Red or Blue LEDs, and two fans, one on the back and one off the processor, and up to 4 SATA power connecters, and possible modular cabling? I know, I'm picky.

At what budget for the PS itself? I don't really get why you'd want to worry about LEDs and modular cabling, which are unecessary things you usually pay extra for. The basic build needs (connectors) stability, reliability and ample wattage should be your main concerns. If you want me to simplify so you can do some personal preference comparisons though I can steer you to some well known reliable brands such as Antec, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, Enermax, Tagan, Silverstone, Thermaltake, and CoolerMaster. The thing to note though is you often won't see modular cabling except on the more expensive higher end models.




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#58 11 years ago
Videoslavecan I still get warranty on the hardware parts?[/quote] [quote=Rookie]there is no manufacturer warranty with these machines, save for those issued for the individual components

So yes. ;)




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#59 11 years ago
>Omen<;3915589At what budget for the PS itself? I don't really get why you'd want to worry about LEDs and modular cabling, which are unecessary things you usually pay extra for. The basic build needs (connectors) stability, reliability and ample wattage should be your main concerns. If you want me to simplify so you can do some personal preference comparisons though I can steer you to some well known reliable brands such as Antec, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, Enermax, Tagan, Silverstone, Thermaltake, and CoolerMaster. The thing to note though is you often won't see modular cabling except on the more expensive higher end models.

Yeah, well, the LEDs is one reason why I bought the Rosewill, I have a window on the side of my case and I'd like some LEDs on the PSU. And I know Thermaltake is really good, but I've never seen LEDs on them, so I was wondering if you knew of any good companies that might have them. And I could really care less about the modular cabling.




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#60 11 years ago

To be honest I only recommend gear based on solid performance, not bells and whistles. That's why I gave you a list of reputable names to start with rather than opting to search for one that has LEDs. If I were you I would decide what the performance priorities are, narrow it down to several models/brands, then see if they have such a thing as the LEDs. You could also check some case modding forums where they are probably into parts like that.