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Old March 13, 2011, 02:50 PM
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Hey everyone. Just ordered parts for a basic desktop computer for my parents (their Athlon 2200+ is finally showing signs of the end of its life). Got a good deal on a i3 540, 4gb ram, 500gb HDD, a burner and will be using onboard graphics(like I said its a basic use machine). I ordered a Corsair 430cx that is on sale for $29.99 at NCIX this week after reading the fairly positive review at jonnyguru and seeing excellent reviews at NCIX. I know it is now a CWT PSU and not Seasonic (like the better but now retired cx 400), but I was on Newegg and noticed a pretty substantial amount of negative reviews.

Anyone have personal experience with this PSU? Think I will be good to go with it, or should I bit the bullet and grab a cheap OEM seasonic PSU for them (wish I had done that in the first place now). I know its going to be an extremely low power build and 430w is substantially overkill, but I want this rig to be stable for my semi computer literate parents. Just use the PSU and if something goes wrong suspect PSU first? Opinions?
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Old March 13, 2011, 05:34 PM
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I have one in my server running 24/7 with 10 HDDs, GT240, E6600, LSI 9211-4i RAID card and 2x Intel Gigabit CT adapters. Haven't had any issues to speak of.

I think you'll be fine with it.
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its a bit of a step down from the 400 its supposed to replace, but nowhere near bad.
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JD thanks for the first hand experience and dangtx that was pretty much what I thought as well. I know its not a top tier PSU, but given the amount of draw that I will have going through it I assumed it would be more than good enough (especially considering other options at $30). Basically I was just concerned because of the negative newegg reviews.

I will gladly take any other first hand info good or bad, or other opinions.
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You get what you pay for type of PSU. It's only got a 2 year warranty and it's not made as high quality as their other lines on purpose. It's still better than 50% of the cheap garbage out there, but you'll want to treat it nice for it to play nice (i.e. try and keep it below 50% load, etc). I haven't used one for very long to know if long term it has any problems, but I put one in a computer and tested it for 3 days and it was perfect for the price.

Looking at the reviews quickly, it seems like 80% of the negative reviews were people who got one that arrived dead and the other 20% arrive defective. Looks like there may just be a bad QC issue and you should test yours when you get it to make sure it's good. Overall, as long as you don't get one that arrives with problems, should be more than fine.
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The day newegg review will be accurate our world will face the end. Usually only people who aren't happy comment. The 430 is a very strong unit and probably one of the best in his category ;) Don't worry about it :)
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Newegg reviews are about as trustworthy as a hooker telling you she doesn't have any foreign diseases.
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It is a very respectable PSU design, I wouldn't worry using one whatsoever. It is within spec for all its tests, so I don't forsee an issue using this one at all.

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Thanks for the vote of confidence all. I am back to feeling how I did about this PSU as when I ordered it...budget PSU that is nice and stable and shouldn't cause any heartache for a non-power-hungry build. Hopefully it will arrive in perfect working order. I will let you all know how it turns out.
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Just thought I'd throw in my 2c as well. Been using one in a spare rig for months without issue.. Seems very solid so far and an excellent bang for the buck. Sure there are better PSUs on the market, but good luck finding one for the price of the CX430.
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