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    This is not a specific question but rather a personal opinion question.

    At what point would you replace the PSU on a gaming, mining, video editing, etc., PC?

    When the warranty expires?
    When you get the itch to get a new PSU?
    A new PC build?
    When the PSU shows signs of age?
    After X amount of years?
    When the PSU dies?
    New tech/features in PSU market?
    any other reason...

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    When it dies or something with a really cool feature comes out.
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    When I get a new review sample.

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    When I'm bored

    Asking this in a forum where mostly psu professionals hang out is a great idea. You should better ask when we recommend to do it than when we actually do it, I guess

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    < is still running a Seasonic M12D in his daily driver. Its replacement just got finsihed with its testing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ct1615 View Post
    At what point would you replace the PSU on a gaming, mining, video editing, etc., PC?
    • When you get the itch to get a new PSU?
    • When the PSU dies?
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    Whenever I feel like it, mostly, but other reasons too.

    I replaced my AX860i in the main rig with the Snow Silent 1050 because it looks better in the white GROne. Felt kind of bad about selling the 860 until I realized I still had my AX1500i.

    I swapped the Corsair CS550 in the BIOS flashing rig with the Andyson N700 partly because of the efficiency, partly because anytime I sell an Andyson it dies. I want to keep a real close eye on this one, so I'm keeping it. It's running my one problem child video card 24/7 for mining right now... hasn't been unloaded or turned off for weeks.

    The office rig is now running my Thermaltake TPG Platinum 850 because that unit didn't come with the screws it needed to be mounted properly and I can't sell it that way.

    Mining rig #1 is running my AX1500i review unit. That PSU will never leave here.

    Mining rig #2 still has a Seasonic 1050W XM2... that mainboard just got upgraded with one that can take 6 cards, so I may have to upgrade the PSU in there soon.

    Mining rig #3 is in the planning stages yet and will get the 1600W Titanium unit in the review pile, assuming it makes it through the review stage. It probably will. This unit might go into #2 instead, but I still have an EVGA P2 1600 that's not selling I might just keep.

    Eventually I want all my rigs Titanium. Two down, three to go. Somebody needs to send me a white one to replace the Snow Silent. I'm looking at you, Seasonic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ct1615 View Post
    This is not a specific question but rather a personal opinion question.

    At what point would you replace the PSU on a gaming, mining, video editing, etc., PC?

    When the warranty expires?
    When you get the itch to get a new PSU?
    A new PC build?
    When the PSU shows signs of age?
    After X amount of years?
    When the PSU dies?
    New tech/features in PSU market?
    any other reason...
    For me, it was a combination, the 5 year warranty just expired on my Antec Signature and I was able to get a Super Flower Golden King for $90. After I replaced the Antec, I realised that the fan was a bit noisy.

    I was intending on replace the Signature and waiting for the Leadex units, but they became available a little too late, and for nowhere near $90.

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    When it dies or something with a really cool feature comes out.
    Still waiting for low power Corsair digital units

    Or any other reputable brand to be precise, but in about 3 years
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    The most recent power supply replacements I did were:

    * Dynex "400W" -> Astec ATX202-3545 because I got the Astec free, and the Dynex was acting strange (no wonder, with those caps)

    * Astec ATX202-3545 -> Seasonic S12II Bronze-380 because the fan connector in the Astec broke, and it was an ancient 5V-heavy power supply

    * Seasonic S12II Bronze-520 -> Seasonic Platinum-660 so I could do the next one:

    * DVE 150W (AT!) -> modded Seasonic S12II Bronze-520 (converted to AT) because the DVE wasn't the greatest

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    Personally, it's when I feel the need to or if a unit shows any sign of possible failure (new whines/noises or fan stuttering.)

    A prime example of units still in use are my from release Corsair VX550. It's still kicking and has powered everything from an 8800 GTX to an HD4870x2, and most recently a GTX 480.
    Currently it gets to lead the easy life and just powers a GTX750 Ti as the unit was from mid 2007 and definitely done it's fair share of work. So now it's in the parts-rig, having an easy life.

    My main rig still runs a Silverstone Strider Plus 750w. It's been in service since mid 2010 in far too many configurations to even remember. Mostly running pretty hard with F@H & Bionic in the past. It's spent the past year in a somewhat easy life but considering the sleeve bearing fan & teapo caps, it's definitely going to be replaced within the next year.
    Not that it isn't still running well, but it's an older less efficient design and my current setup doesn't require that level of power anymore.

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