So I have a dilemma that I was hoping someone could help me with. I just recently ordered the parts to build my very first computer. Unfortunately the PSU I had wanted to buy was out of stock everywhere. So I simply selected a similar one at a similar price point. Noob mistake I know. In my haste, I didn't do much looking into this alternate PSU simply because it seemed like it had solid reviews. Today, after already having ordered the components, I went back to see what kind of PSU I was getting. Turns out its bad, really bad. Supposedly this manufacturer has a bad reputation and this model is prone to exploding. I'm not sure if this means actual explosion shrapnel and all, or just some smoke, sparks, and a dead unit. Either way this isn't going to work as I have small children running around the house, and I don't want to risk an incident. The following is my part list and I'd like a power unit from a reputable manufacturer, preferably over 500w and if possible one that I could run to the store and pick up from my local tiger direct or microcenter stores when the other components arrive.
Also if anyone is familiar with the return policy of newegg could you please enlighten me. I've read the policy but I want to make sure I'm not missing any fine print. If I were to return the unwanted PSU would I be able to get my money back in full.
lemme guess, antec earthwatts? Those had exploding and fire problems.
I'd reccomend the Corsair and the TR 2nd, Corsair is just a better brand IMO, and 500W is more than enough. Also you can do with a basic H77 or B75, Z77 is useless with a locked CPU.
Thanks. Yeah I realize that the z77 isn't necessary, but I wanted to start on my upgrade path while I have the funds to do so, also it was a decent price for the features it comes with. I read that Raidmax is one of the least popular manufacturers out there.
I had a PSU go boom once, despite my professional "leave the side off the PC" cooling method. A fair bit of smoke but nothing much else. Was actually pretty funny, not exactly safe though.
You haven't exactly picked a great bunch of potential PSUs. Thermaltake and Coolermaster are really hit and miss as brands for PSUs (they use a load of different manufacturers). Raidmax are generally rubbish. Corsair also use a few different OEMs but are generally a bit more consistent, the CX500 V2 has been discontinued and replaced by the CX500 (80Plus Bronze) version which is currently on sale at Newegg for $30 after discounts/rebates which is great value. Not the best PSU in the world but at that price a really solid budget buy.
Good lower priced stuff-
XFX Core 550
Seasonic M12-II 520
Antec HCG 520
If you want a cheaper priced 80Plus Gold PSU, then the Rosewill Capstone series are usually very well priced too.