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Generic PSU - yes or no?

By chadman15 ยท 11 replies
Sep 17, 2003
  1. I NEED a PSU - and soon. So I stopped by Computer Dreams, a decent computer shop in my town, and they had only one 400W power supply. The brand name was Ha-something, definitely generic. It's amp ratings were all good, and the man claimed that he had installed it in two PCs and a server and had no problems. But, of course, he IS trying to sell it. Worth buying (fifty American dollars)?
  2. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    Nope. Never buy a cheap PSU as it could easily damage other components if it fails. Many of these cheap PSUs don't have proper output protection, so they are a big risk. I think the brand name you mentioned was 'HaHa' as the salesman will be laughing all the way to the bank if you buy it.
  3. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    All my PSUs that i've ever had, were generic - never had a problem ;) I know everyone's had hardware die because of the generic PSU, but never me, so I'll save some money and stick to generic cuz it works just as good as any other brand (for me) ;)
  4. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    Generic is fine if it works, and most users will never have a problem. But it is a risk, so are you feeling lucky?
    There are bound to be some decent generic PSUs out there, but unless you know the brand, then you won't know if the one you are buying is any good, relatively speaking.
  5. wicka_wicka

    wicka_wicka Banned Posts: 125

    Go grab an Antec Truepower PSU...I saw a CompUSA ad Sunday that had an Antec TrueBlue (it has blue LED fans) 380w I believe for $35. I have an Antec TruePower 430 and it has given no problems and has great rails. TTGI is also good, and Super Flower as well.
  6. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    That is very true, and on the other side, you could be very unlucky and get a couple of top brand units that crap out after a few days, the difference here is that the top brand's company will stand behind their product and honor its warranty. Those other "generic" ones, probably won't.

    I have myself had lots of "off" or generic brand products that have lasted a long time, also had some that were shorter lived that most celebrity marriages, and I can tell you, when you try to RMA a "cheap" product, you might as well go a few rounds with the champ because you have about as good a chance of coming out on top.
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    NEVER buy a generic PSU for 50 bucks. Rip off.
  8. Greeno

    Greeno TS Rookie Posts: 281

    Agreed :)

    With Nic on this one, why risk it?
  9. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

  10. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    At $18.00 there must be very little quality control when that unit was made, and you can say goodbye to your hard drives if it blows. I've seen cheap PSUs take out other components on at least 4 ocassions in the last 7 years (friends & family). If you are going to buy generic, then try not to get something that is too cheap, and then only buy it if you have an old, or cheap, system.
  11. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    Isn't the original price $49? So it should be midrange right?
  12. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    The 'suggested price' is $49.00, but you could suggest anything if you wanted to. They aren't going to sell at a loss, are they (free shipping as well)? It might do the job, but no specs are provided, and I certainly wouldn't buy it.
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