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How often should you replace a PSU?

#1turbovirginPosted 6/8/2014 3:28:17 PM
I lifted an enermax noisetaker II 420W power supply from an old core 2 duo system that my office was getting rid of (see pic below).

I want to use it in a basic build for my brother, which doesn't need a load of power (i3 4130 + gtx 750), but since this thing is pushing 6+ years old (i'm guessing) is it safe to use? If the PSU dies by itself it wouldnt be a big deal but i'm worried about it possibly taking other components with it?
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#2Black_King945Posted 6/8/2014 3:40:01 PM(edited)
Depending on the date of manufacture on the desktop, that power supply could be four to seven years old.

I would absolutely drop the 60 dollars to get a new power supply from a reputable brand.

750 isn't power hungry, but putting using that PSU sounds like an experiment at best.

Get a new one.
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#3turbovirgin(Topic Creator)Posted 6/9/2014 9:18:10 AM
Heads on straight, my girlfriend's beautiful, looks pretty good to me
#4BuyersRemorse55Posted 6/9/2014 9:42:05 AM
corsair cx 430 seems to be on sale for $20 every other week somewhere between amazon, newegg, tigerdirect etc. I would just buy one like that.
#5BannedMomPosted 6/9/2014 9:53:24 AM
Just buy a new one. Everybody will tell u d same answer even olif you keep bumping it
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#6JockoPosted 6/9/2014 10:30:28 AM
As drunk as BannedMom is right now I still agree with him. Get a new power supply to be on the safe side. If you can find a corsair 430 watt for $20 then go for it.
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#7DRAGON07891230Posted 6/9/2014 11:22:16 AM(edited)
Another vote for a new PSU here.
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#8KillerTrufflePosted 6/9/2014 11:22:45 AM
Enermax used to be considered decent, but they really haven't kept up well with advances in PSU, so since standards have increased a whole lot, Enermax has fallen quite a ways, even tho their actual quality hasn't changed much.

You'd probably be better off with a newer, better quality PSU.
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#9turbovirgin(Topic Creator)Posted 6/9/2014 2:25:46 PM
The CX430 looks good but I'm also looking at an antec high current gamer 400W and a silverstone strider 600w (both modular) for around the same price. Can anyone comment if these 2 are better or worse than the CX series? The antec unit is $10 cheaper, while the silverstone unit is $10 more than the corsair unit.
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#10DRAGON07891230Posted 6/10/2014 4:07:00 PM(edited)
turbovirgin posted...
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