Originally posted by: tigersty1e
Have you heard bad things about my PSU besides the fact that it's old school and won't run new components (like PCIE cards)?
Originally posted by: Don66
No offence to the op...
Why do people spend good money on most of their system then get cheap on the power supply?
We have not heard bad things about it. The problem with your psu is that we have not heard good things about it. In the power supply world, if your power supply is not from a known brand, it automatically is a waste of money. Antec, Fortron, Seasonic, Enermax, OCZ, Corsair, PC Power and Cooling. Those are all brands that offer incredibly high quality products.
Your "500W" power supply is $50. A real 500W power supply is closer to $100. Take a look.
A power supply is the only part in your entire machine that is capable of destroying ever other part in your machine. You want to be extremely picky when selecting one.
If you look simply at the rails on your power supply, you will find some problems. 20 amps on the 12 volt rail is very poor. Ever power supply I listed above can deliver at least double that. Also, keep in mind that there is an extremely high probability that the specs on your power supply are faulty. In all probability, it cannot pump out the power it claims for any significant period of time.
Cheaper power supplies are also made of cheaper parts. Your power supply will die much quicker than one from a brand I listed. Yours will also not be able to handle power fluctuations from the wall outlet anywhere near as well as a good one.
Power supplies are just one of those necessities that one can't skimp out on.