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Inland Gold Series ILG-500 500 Watt ATX Power Supply $19.99 Microcenter

guyblack 42 April 4, 2011 at 10:44 AM in Computers More Micro Center Deals
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Microcenter offers the Inland Gold Series ILG-500 500 Watt ATX Power Supply for $19.99 as its deal of the day.

Not bad if you are doing a budget build. 3 Year Warranty. 4 sata power connectors.

http://www.microcenter.com/single...id=0346708


I ran acroos this lokoing fro a case for the i3 2100 I picked up at the MC combo deal

Im going to pair it with the cheap case here for $19.99 and keep it in the living room as a media computer.

http://www.microcenter.com/single...id=0312891

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#2
Only MicroCenter sells this PSU. How reliable is it? I bought a OCZ Technology 500 Watt StealthXStream 2 ATX Power Supply for $29.99 AR $25 last week.
Last edited by happyusmle April 4, 2011 at 12:36 PM
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thanks- got an "open box -complete" for 13.96
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Considering you can get a brand name power supply for $40-$50, it is probably not worth the risk, since a bad PS can literally destroy your whole system.

For instance, 80+ bronze Xigmatek for $46 shipped: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6817815008

Antec Basiq 430 $45 shipped at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Basiq...341&sr=8-1 - it has similar amperage - less on the 5V rail and more on the 12 which is more useful for a modern computer, and is from a good brand.
The Basiq is even cheaper at Newegg. $45 - $10 EMCKGHA25 - $15 rebate = $20 A/R and shipped free, which I can pretty much guarantee will keep your system in better shape than the linked deal.
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really tired of the "gloom and doom" PSU preachers.
Yes- some PSUs are crap. Some arent.
there are plenty of good $20-40 PSUs out there. Most manufacturers that are bottom barrel/basement dont even build units with PCI-E 6+2 pin connectors, bother with full sleaving, have 140mm fans, 8pin EPS 12v AUX power connectors, claim "76% efficiency", or have 3year warranties
some times people need to know what to look for to know what an actual deal is..or isn't. Let alone one that actually appears to be a "risk"
I have seen enough DOA and sub-12month death ANTEC PSUs to know everyone makes crap sometimes.

come back preachin when there is a coolmax, eagle tech, or powmax thread.
until then, eye spy the items specs a little closer before thread/item-crapping
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Quote from BIGFOOT_PI View Post :
really tired of the "gloom and doom" PSU preachers.
Yes- some PSUs are crap. Some arent.
there are plenty of good $20-40 PSUs out there. Most manufacturers that are bottom barrel/basement dont even build units with PCI-E 6+2 pin connectors, bother with full sleaving, have 140mm fans, 8pin EPS 12v AUX power connectors, claim "76% efficiency", or have 3year warranties
some times people need to know what to look for to know what an actual deal is..or isn't. Let alone one that actually appears to be a "risk"
I have seen enough DOA and sub-12month death ANTEC PSUs to know everyone makes crap sometimes.

come back preachin when there is a coolmax, eagle tech, or powmax thread.
until then, eye spy the items specs a little closer before thread/item-crapping
Considering that it's saying it can do:
"+3.3V@20A; +5V@28A; +12@28A; -12V@0.6A; +5VSB@2A" which are numbers from an old design where 5V rail needed more power and I can almost guarantee will not put out the numbers above reliably.
Compare that to a corsair, which I can guarantee is reliable specifies their 500W @ "+3.3V@25A, +5V@20A, +12V@34A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@3A" and is more suitable for a modern computer where the PCIe card needs 12V power, the mainboard and CPU need 12V power.

Could it be reliable? Certainly! Is it 500W power supply comparable to a newer design where a large portion of the power is needed on the 12V line? Almost certainly not.
If you're running either an older computer (Pentium 4 era) or you're running well below 500W, this is a good deal. If you're running close to 500W on a modern build, please look elsewhere.
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Quote from rebthor2 View Post :
Considering that it's saying it can do:
"+3.3V@20A; +5V@28A; +12@28A; -12V@0.6A; +5VSB@2A" which are numbers from an old design where 5V rail needed more power and I can almost guarantee will not put out the numbers above reliably.
Compare that to a corsair, which I can guarantee is reliable specifies their 500W @ "+3.3V@25A, +5V@20A, +12V@34A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@3A" and is more suitable for a modern computer where the PCIe card needs 12V power, the mainboard and CPU need 12V power.

Could it be reliable? Certainly! Is it 500W power supply comparable to a newer design where a large portion of the power is needed on the 12V line? Almost certainly not.
If you're running either an older computer (Pentium 4 era) or you're running well below 500W, this is a good deal. If you're running close to 500W on a modern build, please look elsewhere.

This is the doom and gloom though the guy you replied to is talking about.

Sure it's a little low on the 12V rail than some 500W power supplies like the Corsair. But it still has enough 12V power for a modern cpu and gpu.

I don't think you have to warn the folks that are actually running at 500W or close to it. Those folks are probably aware of their power requirements. Besides no one should buy any 500W power supply if they are actually close to running at 500W.

For the rest of the folks who have a 4 core cpu rig with a $200ish type video card or below along with a hard drive, ram and dvd drive this power supply should do the job.
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this was a $50 PSU its not a cheap PSU really. The other PSU's from same manufacture are still priced higher. This is just a special. For a basic build it works. 3year warranty I got one for a backup computer. You can spend $200 on a PSU or more if you want but for basic needs that might be a waste.

Not saying buy or dont buy just relaying what is out there.
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#9
So far so good with the PSU, running great so far, very quiet. Price is back up to $39.99
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