Excerpt: TOWER WAS MAKING A HORRIBLE NOISE...SOUNDED AS IF A JET ENGINE WAS GETTING READY FOR TAKE OFF! AFTER THE NEW POWER SUPPLY WAS INSTALLED....IT IS SOUNDING MORE LIKE A SMOOTH MAZARATI!!!!! TECHS AT STAPLES WERE MORE THAN HELPFUL, AS ALWAYS. WISH I WOULD HAVE TAKEN THE TOWER IN TO THEM SOONER THAN I DID. I BROUGHT IT IN ON A SATURDAY AND BY MONDAY AFTERNOON IT WAS READY FOR PICK -UP.
Summary: I have purchased multiples of these 350W Antec units over the years and for 90% of my jobs or applications it has been perfect. The main thing I find with most situations id that the power supply is overkill and especially with the newer components drawing less & less power you dont need a 1000W PSU! One of the most handy things I ever purchased was a WattMeter to measure the draw on any particular machine.
Pros: Cheap & reliable
Cons: Check the amount of connectors your going to need prior to looking at this unit. It has enough for the average user
Excerpt: We came into the office and our server was sort of limping along and not booting and so we looked inside. The cooling fan was running sporadically so we called our local Staples and they said it sounded like the power supply. We took it in and within 30 minutes they took out the old one and replaced it with this new one. It is so much more quiet than the old one we thought it wasn't on!
Excerpt: Kit inculdes easy to install instructions and mounting screws. Installed in minutes with rapid reboot. No damage to registery or loss of data. Very reasonably priced. Smooth and quiet operation. Can hardly tell computer is running. Reboots faster than previous power supply. Highly recommend for high volume memory and hard drive systems.
This is a good power supply for retro-computer builds BUT it is designed for older cases with the power supply on top.
Captain Falcon, Amazon
26 April 2014
Summary: This is a good power supply for retro-computer builds BUT it is designed for older cases with the power supply on top. If you use it in a case with a bottom-mounted power supply, the wires might not be long enough. It is nothing fancy, but it gets the job done with Antec's usual reliability. I have used a few in retro-gaming computer builds and I had no problems. As with most new power supplies, there is no -5v...
Summary: It has been functioning properly for the better part of two weeks. The fan is pretty much silent unless you consider the whooshing of air to be intolerably loud. The cables were a bit short, but that is what the standard called for, so its not a problem for me since I have a compatible case. For the price I paid for it ($24.99), it was a steal. Its very power efficient in spite of the lack of an 80+ certification and very silent.
Excerpt: My computer was intermittent, not always powering up, so I feared the worse. Brought it in to Staples and the techs found that I needed a new power supply. Computer is getting on in years, but it still has more than enough memory, so I had hoped to get another year or two from it. Looks like it may be possible with this new power supply. Cheap fix and everything is working fine. I've been trying to avoid buying a new computer because I didn't want to deal with windows 8.