..I'm thinking of getting a crap-brand psu. But with high watt. I know i should save up for a TX, but there are 650watts for 30€, that's like 1/3 of the TX, and my current psu hasn't got the juice for my setup. (the power-offs i get)
Something like this one: Colors-IT 650w Titan 12CM Neon Power Supply: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo
Or maybe there are other cheap but a little better psu's? Also, would an UK psu work with a Belgian power cable? Voltage is here 220watt. US is like 110w i believe, but i don't know what UK is on.
Please some help. :p
Former Network Admin and Former Forum Admin
26th July 2005
UK is 240 but generally they cycle between 220 ~ 240v.
As for a crap PSU I have one or should I say a cheap nameless brand as I needed one in a hurry as my old 500 watt one was not handling my PC to well. I have had no problems with it at all, Actually that is not strictly true. It had 3 less than advertised connectors and one of the sata connector has broken (well the plastic has) but £20 for a 750 watt PSU and a couple of pence worth of insulation tape and its all good for now :) Same PSU but a bit cheaper http://www.ebuyer.com/product/139865
UK is 220-240V so should be fine.
A cheap no-name PSU is a big no-no, as are rubbish brands like Colors-IT and Q-tec. Look a little lower down, around 500W and brands like Seasonic, Silverstone and..yeah, you guessed it, Corsair have PSUs in the £50-£60 range; whereas you'll pay £80-£90 for a 650W Corsair.
It's up to you whether you want to be tight or not but my answer is no. In a normal machine I wouldn't worry but a gaming machine in constant use? No.
I'd also question what's wrong with your current CX given that your specification isn't particularly power hungry?
When playing some games (UT3, HL2, Mirrors Edge,...) it just shuts off, and i have to unplug the power cord before it wants to boot. But other games like Crysis and Assassin's Creed don't have the problem, and they are far more demanding?
A cheap PSU usually lasts 6-12 months. When it fails there is a chance that other components such as the motherboard will be damaged. They are also less efficient and louder. Buy at least a cheap one from a reputable company, often you don't really need 650W PSUs anyway. It is more important that you have enough amperes on the 12V line and for that you need a good PSU rather than one with thousands of Watts :)
UK power cables have a different plug which is not compatible with EU power outlets, so you might have to get another cable.
I have cables spare by heaps. :)
Mhm, i already have a cheap HQ psu. Anything else (A 550w corsair for example) is already 60euros or more.
See if you can find a 550-650W Antec EarthWatts or TruePower series. They're not terribly expensive.
Same price as other brands here... :/
Really, are there any semi-crap brands?