Summary: Quite a good power supply for the price. It is very quiet. The cords have a braided shielding around them. The power supply is easy to install. The power supply when I bought it came with a rebate.
Summary: Well built quality power supply. Love the wrapped wiring for easy management. Installed in my Dell Vostro 410 in about 10 minutes...went without a hitch. All connectors fit perfectly. Money well spent!
Summary: I love the quality of these power supplies. Simple things like textured paint on the box, mesh over the cables, and solid connectors are a nice touch over stock power supplies in barebones kits (which I usually purchase). The Corsair CX500 runs quiet, provides ample power for video cards like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660, and has plenty of SATA power connectors. I'm old-school when it comes to PC builds. I kept avoiding power supplies that didn't have the fan on the back.
Summary: Even though there were 5 SATA plugs on this unit, I cuold not attached 4 HHD's + 1 optical drive since the SATA plugs were not spread apart enough. Had to buy a Molex to SATA adapter and use one of the molex power plugs to power the optical drive. Bought a refurb unit at $29.99 to replace an older PC so at this price, it's good.
Pros: Quiet, looks great, lots of SATA (5) and Molex (3-4) power plugs.
Cons: SATA plugs weree not spread far enough apart.
Summary: This was going to replace a 2-year old CX430V2 that was being transferred to another computer. Using a popular PSU calculator, the new computer only needs a max of 263W (based on 100% TDP, 90% system load and 30% cap aging). In real world scenarios, I'm probably not going to come close to 200W, so the CX430 would be more than sufficient. The CX500 would then be used on the old computer running an FX4100+HD6850.
Pros: corsair quality and reliability
Cons: only 1 year warranty for refurb. I got it for $39 and now it's only $29. LOL
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 (CMPSU-500CX) 500W Power Supply
4 September 2013
Excerpt: Quite quiet, strong continuous power output, excellent materials, feels solid. Even desirable with branded decals to add a level of polish. Good huge exhaust fan for cooling. Only 1 energy leg with 4-rail connectors, possibly generating it a poor choice for systems with older hardware that use these connectors, but that doesn't impact most new builds.
Summary: This power supply has more than enough connectors for all but the most extreme users. With rebates, this was unbeatable since the quality is great. I have used cheap power supplies in the past and this is much higher quality than the price suggest.