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Should I return this PSU ... be honest

doublethick
  • 36 months ago

So, I picked this psu up today with a coupon for $38 and change, if it will not work for some reason I can still return it. PSU --> http://pcpartpicker.com/product/MmKhP6/enermax-revolution-duo-500w-80-gold-certified-atx-power-supply-erd500awl-f

List --> https://pcpartpicker.com/user/doublethick/saved/dRxCJx

I am still learning this pc build thing and need to figure out the difference between the modular deal; full, or no, or probably something else I am not sure of. Any help would be awesome, T H A N K S !

1) will it work with what I have currently on the list? OR 2) yes it will work but it really isn't the best - BUT - for $38 vs. $75 you should make it work? OR 3) yes it will work but it is junk and not worth the $38 - spend the extra $30-$40 and buy something better?

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  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

For $38, I think it's probably a perfectly good deal. I highly doubt it's built any worse than an EVGA B series or Corsair CX series. (Either of which are ho-hum but perfectly functional and safe PSU's that will have no problems powering your system config).

Enermax isn't some fly by night PSU company. They've been around awhile and have made plenty of reasonable to excellent quality PSU's over the years. Big enermax PSU's are commonly found in major reviewer hardware test beds and are used for years and years of torture testing hardware.


If it were before-the-fact, sure, I'd advise something different, but I don't think it's worth the hassle at this point. You already have it, not worth your time to return it.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

For the price I got it at I will probably just keep it. I am already planning a budget build with a Pentium cpu for a family member and could always use it for that.

After doing some minimal research I am leaning towards a fully modular unit, or at least a semi-modular unit

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

They've been around awhile and have made plenty of reasonable to excellent quality PSU's over the years

It's too bad they closed down their factory :(

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes you should return it since it is a complete shot in the dark since it has no reviews out for it.

1) will it work with what I have currently on the list?

Yes but it is a bad choice.

2) yes it will work but it really isn't the best - BUT - for $38 vs. $75 you should make it work?

No, there is zero reviews out for it.

yes it will work but it is junk and not worth the $38 - spend the extra $30-$40 and buy something better?

No one knows really if its junk or not.

I would just return it and buy the CXM in part list instead.

Also please don't buy that crappy cooler, buy this instead.

This one

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/cwPzK8/be-quiet-cpu-cooler-bk009

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the input. The no rating thing kind of got me thinking, but at that price I thought it would be worth a shot. Having just done some research in regards to the modular stuff, I'll return it just because it is not fully modular. The idea of having a clean and minimal installation is worth spending more money over the money I spent today.

More importantly, that cooler I have picked out really looks pretty damn good <-- that is the only reason I chose that one to begin with. Is it that bad? Also, you have two coolers listed, which one are you saying to go with; the Cool Master Hyper led OR the be quiet one? The cool master hyper looks good, I can run that one

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

It could have been worth a shot or could not have been, you won't ever know : P

More importantly, that cooler I have picked out really looks pretty damn good <-- that is the only reason I chose that one to begin with. Is it that bad?

Its going to perform pretty bad, it has a small number of heatpipes, its normally is around $15. It performs quite a bit worse than a 212 plus which is out done by a evo 212 which is out done by a Pure Rock which is about the same price.

Not my favorite testing site but its good enough.

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2619&page=5

, you have two coolers listed, which one are you saying to go with; the Cool Master Hyper led OR the be quiet one? The cool master hyper looks good, I can run that one

I crossed out the coolermaster one out becasue I made a mistake and had it pointed out it won't fit. The Pure Rock is better than the Evo 212. You can't run it. If a red LED fan is a must, don't see why it would be when the fan is black and color neutral, then replace the fan but to get a equal or better fan on the Pure Rock you will need to spend ~$20 if not more so you will need to settle for a worse fan which you probably can live with.

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/s9Nypg/deepcool-case-fan-tf120red

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha! Nope. Having a red fan or an led light show is not that big of a deal. I am really, "so so, if the cooler works well then I'll go for it." If the Pure Rock fits and is a nice unit then it is the one for me. thanks for the help

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Huh. I didn't get a incompatible warning at first or at least I didn't notice one.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't use it just because saving $50 on a PSU isn't worth losing $500 in other parts should the PSU derp... Like most are saying, it's a shot in the dark / dice roll. Get a Tier 1 or 2 PSU from the get go if you have the option.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

The way I see it is that I really have only two other choices - considering my power needs and what a Tier 1 PSU is (80+ Titanium and Platinum are Tier 1 and 80+ Gold is Tier 2 ??????????)

I am guessing this is a Tier 1 unit. While the reviews for this unit are good, there are only 3 of them. http://pcpartpicker.com/product/fBXfrH/seasonic-power-supply-ss400fl2

Then there is this one. It too has a good review, but has just one review. I am assuming this is also a Tier 1 unit. http://pcpartpicker.com/product/YdZQzy/fsp-group-power-supply-pt450m

The difference between the two, other than price, is their modularity - full and semi, respectively.

When I say that I have only two other choices I am going off of: 500 watts or less (the list I have put together for this current build says that I am at 325 watts), checked the box to include 80+ Titanium (which shows not a single unit), and also checked the box to include 80+ Platinum (which only lists a few from which to choose)

Going outside this site for reviews, the Enermax unit I currently have actually has the same good reviews as the other two units. Of course this unit is not modular. Not only that, their 600 & 700 watt units have the same 5-star ratings

Please understand this post is not a "I'm right you're wrong" situation, but more of a, "I got this at a good deal and have no idea of what I am doing"

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Ignore the tier list, it is quite bad. Also efficiency means pretty much of nothing when it comes to PSU's.

https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/181252-which-psu-should-i-choose-of-2#cx1926480

http://pcpartpicker.com/product/cg4NnQ/bitfenix-whisper-m-450w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-bp-wg450umag-7fm

This is a top of the line PSU that is on par with the likes of the Evga G2 and the Corsair RMx.

Also you will be using way less than 325W.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

The tier list is awful, you should never ever use to choose a PSU.

https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/181252-which-psu-should-i-choose-of-2#cx1926480

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