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How can i tell if a PSU is good or bad?

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November 5, 2010 4:45:15 PM

Okay i just want to know how i can know if a PSU is good or bad. I know that Corsair, Silverstone, Antec... Makes great PSUs but what is the diffrent between a good 500W psu and a bad 500W psu : )?

I currently run almost unknown brand named "Titan" i don't remember the model of it. (im not home this weekend) and i can't even find it on google o.0... it says output is max 560w.. but i have no idea if it's "Good" or "Bad"

I am thinking of upgrading my CPU to a AMD Phenom II 1055T because my CPU bottlenecks the GPU in almost any game i play.. i was thinking about overclocking the 1055T to the highest clock speed i can reach with the NorthQ 3580 cpu cooler.. but im really not sure if my psu can handle it.. im not even sure if it can handle my current system /:

System at the moment:

Asus M4A78 Pro Am2+
AMD Phenom 8400 x3 @ 2.52 Ghz
ATi 4870 1Gb 800/1080
2x 320GB Raid0 sata hdds
1x 500GB IDE hdd
1x DVD/RW drive
1x 120mm fan
2x 80mm fans
NorthQ 3580 watercooler with 120mm fan.

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November 5, 2010 5:08:02 PM

well the best way to find out the difference is to look through reviews.

hardware secrets
kit guru
jonny guru

all do a good job on PSU reviews.

cheaper PSU also tend to rate their power as peak rather then continuous. they will skip out on 12v power that powers your CPU & GPU. they also test their PSU in cooler temps like 20-30c rather then warmer and realistic temps 40c+.

these articles can help you along with any reviews you find.
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November 5, 2010 5:51:16 PM

Yes there is good watts and bad watts sort o speak. The better psu companies do a better job with efficiency, as well as stability, especially when a particular psu is under heavy load and the temperature of the unit rises. Lower end psu's just can't hold a candle to overall stability, and consistency of electrical current under load and temperature increases.
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November 5, 2010 6:36:48 PM

I finally found the name of it its name "LC Power Titan 6560T"

And the outputs:
3,3 V: 35A • +5,0 V: 40A • +12,0 V1: 18A • +12,0 V2: 18A •
November 6, 2010 12:45:53 AM

bumpy : )?
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November 6, 2010 8:09:45 AM

The company win make that psu for lc power is huntlkey which is not too good .google Them.but to really know what a good one is,is the freedon of didn't know its made by huntkey but there are sources that you can look for.but bottom like huntkey has a terrible rep.
November 6, 2010 12:41:36 PM

Hmm i didn't know that. but then i guess i'll need a new PSU too
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November 6, 2010 12:57:47 PM

ranij93 said:
bumpy : )?


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