How often do you buy/build a new pc?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by k44k, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. gamerkidz

    gamerkidz Newbie

    Still using Intel Core 2 DuoE8400 and ATI Radeon HD 4770(both of these is good enough for normal usage) , wont do upgrade unless I collected enough money to upgrade :D
  2. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    A faster CPU isn't really all that necessary these days.
  3. PsYkHoTiK

    PsYkHoTiK Admin nerd

    I do a full upgrade every two years or so (every
    "tick" or "tock" on Intel's strategy.. :p ) I do a little incremental upgrade in between sometimes. HDDs and soundcard are probably the only things re-used.
  4. k44k

    k44k Newbie

    I think its good to invest more in a decent quality power supply because it can be recycled and keep your pc running smoothly.
  5. karhoe

    karhoe Newbie

    Ironically, I have seen THREE Silverstone power supply, all brand new, died at the same week, must be batch issue !

    Thank God it didn't fry my brand new pc back then
  6. k44k

    k44k Newbie

    Wow. Really bad luck. But they do make some nice but expensive cases though!

  7. PsYkHoTiK

    PsYkHoTiK Admin nerd

    Which model? I'm hesitant to say brand x is better than brand y. Some brands have different product lines that differ in reliability. I run 2 Silverstone "OP" PSUs, and two Corsair "TX" PSUs (I think) that have outstanding reliability. I do know some lines from both Corsair and Silverstone have had some issues though.

    I personally avoid PSUs that have multiple 12v rails and PSUs that are modular.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2011
  8. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    I'm using Corsair TX650W. Non-modular, single 12v rail, and it is extremely quiet. Superb PSU.
  9. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Why? Modularity shouldn't affect reliability, right??
  10. PsYkHoTiK

    PsYkHoTiK Admin nerd

    There's always loss of power/efficiency when it isn't a continuous path/connection. True it's not that significant, but still a loss. That and I feel it's another point of failure in a system (that is avoidable).

    That and I'll probably lose the crap I didn't hook up anyways... :lol:
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2011
  11. k44k

    k44k Newbie

    So better to get one thats got higher efficiency and decent warranty period?
  12. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Your point about modular cables being an extra point of failure is very true. One of my PSU's cables broke from its connectors when I pulled it out... :wall: :wall:
  13. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Personally, I would concentrate on getting the most reliable PSU I can afford. A good warranty is always nice, but when it comes to PSU, you don't want the hassle of sending it in for repair or replacement.
  14. PsYkHoTiK

    PsYkHoTiK Admin nerd

    Yeah, warranty is definitely different from reliability...

    I have had great experiences with Silverstone and Corsair (again non-modular and single 12v rails).

    The first gen modular PSUs (made by Ultra I think) were royal POS'... I used Antec for a while but their 12v rail seemed to dip quite a bit for me. For me, under load, I don't want to see any (significant) droops in power.
  15. k44k

    k44k Newbie

    Anyone using FSP power supply? Any good?

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