I've been reading the overclocker's manual and I see tha (link to extreme systems, post by perkam appears very knowledgable) the BFG 550 isn't well liked by many enthusiasts. How much better would a seasonic s12 be for mild overclocking? Not even sure if I will overclock at all, but I've had bad psu's and I want something decent that won't crap out. Is the BFG brand that bad?
Brand is the for weak-minded, only product matters.
See that? It applies to every product I research before buying.
I have no use for warranty as I move around oftenly and electrical/electronic devices usually behaves in a way they either come DOA or works fine for years. (With the exception of China made leaky cap era in mid-2000s where every major electronic coompanies were affected.)
The thing about that statement is that as far as power supplies go, brand tends to be a fairly reliable indicator of product quality, with only a few exceptions.
I'm jumping on the soap box. After reading at least a hundred reviews on power supplies, they are very tricky to pick out. So many factors to consider:
How many watts on the 12 volt rails
How many rails
Modular vs Non
Different Connectors and length of connectors
Who the real manufacturer is, and which parts are actually used in the power supply
Stability and cleanliness of the power
So if you are unwilling or don't have the time to do a ton of research and don't mind shelling out a couple more bucks for an "equally" advertised rated power supply, go based on name brand. Like someone mentioned earlier, Corsair, Antec and Seasonic are all manufactured by Seasonic, so most if not all components are the same and the solid design carries over. Good luck with your purchase.