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Pros: When they work, they are quiet, efficient, and they run very cool. If they didn't have the unacceptably high failure rate, I'd honestly give them 5 eggs. If they improved their manufacturing reliability, they'd be great little units. But over 1.5 years, I'm still having problems with the models.
Cons: I have built 9 computers for a client. I built them over the course of 1.5 years (as they had money for new ones), and so when I looked at Corsair, I thought "Great, a cheap PSU from a reliable company". I have used Corsair for a lot of my PC builds. While I do still like Corsair, stay away from ALL of these models (430, 500, 600 all seem to be built by the same OEM, and they're terrible).
1.) Of 9 builds, 3 have had to be RMA'd by the manufacturer. That's a 33% failure rate, which is way higher than acceptable. One started "clicking" after a week of use (When this model is about to fail, it starts making a loud, obnoxious clicking noise), the other started "clicking" after a few months when I'd bought all of my PSU and after they were out of NewEgg's return policy date, and the last one wasn't DOA, but it cannot provide reliable power and spins the fans a few times and then stops the boot process (which luckily hasn't damaged any components).
2.) This is minor, but the RMA process takes too long. It took them over three weeks to get back to me on the RMA. My advice: I recommend paying for a new one up front, and then shipping the damaged one by the date that they ask. It saves time. (This feature is, admittedly, nice if they're going to have such a high failure rate).
3.) It needs to be reiterated that the devices often come in DOA, are bricked after limited use (a week), and are bricked after longer durations (about 10 months). It'd be one thing if when you finally got a functional unit you knew that they would keep on going, but you have no reliance of this. It literally can become bricked at any point during it's life. That makes it, imo, worse than even a 33% failure rate. The ones that lasted over a year (so far) seem to be doing fine.
I'm finishing up my last manufacturer RMA process, but it's just annoying. I'm hoping that my other 6 don't cause serious problems in the next few years for my client, but
Other Thoughts: I like Corsair, but in retrospect, my advice is:
If you're going to do a cheap, small business office PC build, pay at least $60-100 for your PSU. In the end, it'll be worth the headache. My Corsair 750W PSU is still working like a champ 2 years after continuous running, and I got it for 90 bucks.
Pros: This is a solid CPU. It is super cool (Although I have a self-contained Corsair H2O cooler), and idles about 25-26 C and runs heavy loads (L.A. Noire uses 65% constant use of the CPU, and it maxes out at 45 C).
It's a workhorse of a CPU, and easily handles OC'ed RAM and complements high end GPUs like a boss.
Cons: A bit pricy, but it outpowers with ease the AMD octocore that's in its competing price-range.
Other Thoughts: To be honest, I think that for even high end gamers, the Intel core i5 is practically as good as the core i7. I'm a bit surprised why people spend for another MB of L3 cache and 100 MHz frequency at the cost of $110 bucks. This CPU can easily handle games on full with a great FPS and excellent physics.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Finally, superfast SATA III speeds and useful amount of space for an OS SSD. My full boot up time from pressing the button to having all start-up programs loaded and everything ready is about 20 seconds.
Cons: It's still quite expensive, of course, for the space. However, you do break the sub $1 per 1 GB ratio here, which is quite nice. I imagine in another year or two we'll start seeing 1 TB SSDs and you could get a 480 or 600 GB model for similar prices. But, all in all, I think that the SSD market has pretty well come to fruition for the masses, especially with the --still, over a year later-- increased pricing of HDD's.
Other Thoughts: I really like Corsair SSDs. I own two for my separate computers, and they're very nice.READ FULL REVIEW