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Old 06-01-2009, 04:05 PM   #11
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you want to get a good quality power supply.
+1 That's the most important thing to remember here. All the "numbers" in the world don't matter if it's not of quality design/workmanship.
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If it's active. I was kind of referencing the people who go and buy PSUs from no-name brands (that may turn out to be passive) that have a crap-ton of watts just because they think bigger is better. Yes, I understand that newer, reputable PSUs are active and only take what they need.
Didn't know about the active/passive part, that's good to know.

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+1 That's the most important thing to remember here. All the "numbers" in the world don't matter if it's not of quality design/workmanship.
Very true. If the PSU dies, it may take a part or the rest of the computer with it.
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Didn't know about the active/passive part, that's good to know.



Very true. If the PSU dies, it may take a part or the rest of the computer with it.
That's why I'm glad I have this Antec 550 Watt PSU. Although I think I'm going to be drawing close to the max watts with the first build in my sig.
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:22 PM   #14
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Some good reads: (Note on the wiki to not take the active vs passive efficiencies literally. It notes that passive is slightly more efficient, but not in the long run...which is why I linked the other 2)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_factor
http://www.80plus.org/80what.htm
http://www.endpcnoise.com/cgi-bin/e/faqpfc.html
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Nice find rohan.

Here's another excellent source for those seeking power supply nirvana:

jonnyGURU Forums - PC Power Supply Discussion

The stickies are a must read for anyone learning about or considering buying a new power supply.
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