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Anybody heard of them?

Here is their website:
http://www.kmepc.com/

And here's their UL listing:
http://database.ul.com/cgi-bin/XYV/t...374&sequence=1
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I've heard of them. Haven't seen much good come from them.
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You mean they are half-decent, or are they to be avoided?
I'm asking because these PSUs are very popular here in Egypt, and many people are using and recommending them for somewhat high end rigs (Q6600/P45/HD4850).
Their 500W version is being sold for $50 US, and it looks decent (but so do the Apevias).

Here are the other PSUs being sold here. What do you think of them:


A Foxconn case with a 350W PSU...sold for $30.
An HEC case with an HEC 300W PSU...sold for $50.
An HEC case with an HEC 350W PSU...sold for $65.
An HEC case with an HEC 400W PSU...sold for $95.
An HEC case with an HEC 450W PSU...sold for $120.
An ASUS VENTO TA-D5 case with a 300W PSU...sold for $50.
An ASUS VENTO TA-B1 case bundled with a 300W PSU...sold for $50.
A "Dolphin" case (surprisingly very well built) that has a bundled PSU...for $40.



And here are some PSUs being separately sold:
An HEC 450W PSU...sold for $60.
An HEC 500W PSU...sold for $85.
An ASUS P-50GA 500W PSU...sold for $80.
A Gigabyte Superb 550P PSU...sold for $80.
A Gigabyte Odin Gt 800w PSU...sold for $230.
A Gigabyte Odin PRO 1200w PSU...sold for $340.

Note: The HECs have become very scarcely available now (except for the 300W and 350W ones), but I was wondering if the higher end models are decent or not...in case we found any.

So out of this muddy sea of oysters, is there any pearl to be found at a decent price?
And if there isn't, which would you buy if these were your only options and you were piecing a (E5200/P31/HD4670) build, and another (Q6600/P45/HD4870) build?
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I'd pass on everything but the Gigabytes, I think.
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foxconn has nowadays ISO as oem, right? (cwt's chineese daughter company)
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The Gigabyte Superb 550w, i think it uses Acbel platform, can't really remember which one -the E8 IIRC. I think it's rated at peak, with continuous rating around 450-500w. XBitLabs have reviewed it, IIRC.

@OP, those are really slim pickings mate, and the price isn't any consolation either, sorry for that.
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The Gigabyte Superb 550w, i think it uses Acbel platform, can't really remember which one -the E8 IIRC. I think it's rated at peak, with continuous rating around 450-500w. XBitLabs have reviewed it, IIRC.
Yes. The Superb 550P is rated at 450W and a peak of 550W. So you're saying that the Superb is a good choice...but I cannot put an $80 PSU in a $400 build. Sooo, which of the "cheap" ones is the least awful?
And why the hate towards HEC? I thought it was a decent brand.

I'd really appreciate it guys if u quote my previous post and put a rating next to each PSU. Let the ratings be "avoid by all means", "only for low end builds" and "recommended".
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@OP, those are really slim pickings mate, and the price isn't any consolation either, sorry for that
The options here are limited and overpriced because the average consumer is not willing to buy a PSU more expensive than $10. And therefore, the dealers do not normally buy the more decent ones.
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And why the hate towards HEC? I thought it was a decent brand.
Because the HECs you've listed are mostly nothing but cheap, and yeah, they can work.
Average users just want a PSU that can work, and as cheap as possible. They're not willing to pay more than $20 if a $15 one gogogoes.
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Perhaps if there are units that are more decent, like Acbel E2 420w aka CoolerMaster ExtremePower 460w, FSP Saga 400w, Silverstone Strider ST40F 400w, or Aopen PrimaPower 400w, those units are sold around 39-44 US$ in my country, those kinda units can be recommended without too much baggage on them.

Those HEC, i believe they're quite old in platform design, with a rather weak 12v rail. The higher wattage units should be passable, but certainly not worth it for the money (85 US$ can get us the likes of FSP Bluestorm 2 500w, Silverstone Strider 500w, iCute 500w (Sirtec OEM), Ikonik Gaia 500w (CWT DSA OEM) here in Indonesia), and not quite assuring for a more highend build.
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am from egypt too , and from personal experience the HEC brands are ok , i've been running my system for more than a year on an HEC 350 w , actually i wanted the 400w but after i put on the system i've found out it was the 350w xD

E6550
2xwd5000aaks
1xwd1600aajs
DVD drive
8800GT 512MB

and have never experienced resets or blue screens.

a friend of mine has an 8800GTS 512MB and has been running for more than 6 months without problems on the HEC 400 w with no problems what so ever.

as you can see here the choices are limited , and we cant just spare 25% of our total PC budget on a PSU like the Odin GT just to be on the safe side , we just need to know the bare minimum

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and i need ur opinions on the
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An ASUS P-50GA 500W PSU...sold for $80.
as its new in the market here .
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