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Old August 19, 2007, 10:10 AM
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I'm looking for a PSU for my HTPC that I am bulding and I found this PSU at a local computer store for $57.00 The only problem is I've never heard of it and I did a search on Google and didn't find much.

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Maybe our resident PSU Guru SKYMTL might be able to shed some light on this PSU.
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Old August 19, 2007, 10:13 AM
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Looks/sounds like a cheapo brand. Website isn't loading right now so I can't see it.

For a HTPC, try the Antec EarthWatts 380W (430W if you need it). It's what I have in mine. Pretty cheap and works well.
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Old August 19, 2007, 10:20 AM
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I will look into the Antec EarthWatts. PC Cyber has a 430W for $73.00
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While I trust PCCyber, as I generally shop there, I don't trust Taotec. My friend got a Taotec laptop and it was very cheaply made. They are pretty ghetto. The Antec should serve you well!
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Old August 20, 2007, 10:06 PM
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I was also looking at the Thermaltake TR2 380W or 430W as well. I've read a few reviews and they were pretty good.
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Many people are going to say to pass on those Tt PSUs. Especially the TR2 series. I've heard many reports of them blowing up.

Stick with a quality brand like Antec, Enermax etc.

BTW, at Canada Computers until Sept 2, theres a $25 MIR on the Antec 430W
Canada Computers - Power Supplies/Management > Desktop Power Supplies : Antec EARTHWATTS POWER SUPPLY EA430 430W ATX V2.0 APFC 80PLUS ROHS.
Only $6.99 shipping too, so it would still be cheaper than PCCyber

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Old August 21, 2007, 04:53 AM
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I would say AVOID. As a rule of thumb, if you can't find them on Google don't buy their power supplies.
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