Hello, I've bought this PSU (Huntkey 450w, model LW-6450SG), and the guy who sold me said I should use a stabilizer (which is common here in Brazil).
Now i've got two questions:
1) Should I really use a stabilizer or can I plug it without one?
2) Would a 300VA be enough, or whats the bare minium?
Computer is a Q6600, 2x2gb ddr2, 9600gt, p5k-se, 1hd +2 fans.
If you get it anywhere near full low it will blow and it wont be pretty, swap it for the Corsair CX430 if you can find one, otherwise definitely get it a nice stabilizer, surge suppressor, and a backup unit for when it blows.
This is probably the worst “branded” power supply we’ve seen in our life:
Its wires are thinner than required (20 AWG vs. 18 AWG).
It can’t deliver its maximum labeled power (450 W), being in fact a 360 W unit (the labeled 450 W is peak power, which can only be pulled for a few seconds).
It explodes if you try to pull more than 80% of its load (360 W).
It doesn’t offer any kind of protection (or it wouldn’t explode).
Its efficiency is very good (i.e., above 80%) if you pull up to 60% of its maximum load (270 W), but if you go over this it drops below 80%
I've been using it without a stabilizer. This setup will really never get past 360w, not even close.
I'm not buying the PSU. I've bought my cousin a computer and it came with it. It was a pretty sweet deal, but buying another PSU or even a 600VA stabilizer would mean another 15~25% of the total cost.
Yeah, the pc was really cheap.