does anyone hAVe any idea which PSU i am looking to buy if i want to run a quiet desktop system. i am currently using the cheapie one that came with my case, but after reading a PCADVISOR article from a while back, it says you should refrain from doing so, as it is not unheard of for a PSU to take the rest of the computer components with it when it finally does go bang.
Price doesn't govern the severity of the damage if it does go wrong.
Fortunately it doesn't happen often.
I've just replaced for a G/daughter a Hewlett Packard 150 watts and many years old. It only went "phut," but took the motherboard with it. Needed replacement box etc, but the HD was still OK to save its data for a larger one.
Like so many easily replaced things, the run of the mill is cheap and cheerful, the specials are always expensive.
If you really want a fancy PSU with the accent on quiet, then you have to scour the 'net and make your choice...... It is your choice in the end.
I use only two brands now; Q-Technology Gold Series and Silentmaxx.
I used one of the fanless Silentmaxx models in a liquid cooled audio server for a friend's home studio a while back, and I use a Gold Series in each of my own PCs, because the very quiet but very large fan is ample replacement for second or third case fans, so both cases need only one exhaust fan. It's also cheaper than the Silentmaxx, which is a bonus.
Tagan is another well-reputed brand, but I have not (yet) used one.