Cooler Master Power Supply

October 7, 2009

Last week I gave you all of the details of the dream computer I’m building for myself. Everything had been ordered and I was simply waiting for all of the parts to arrive. One of the problems with ordering all of the pieces is that they may not all arrive at the same time. In my case, it was obvious that one of the parts would never arrive. The power supply I chose has been discontinued by the manufacturer and they do not have a model to takes it place right now.

That put me back on the hunt for the proper power supply to give juice to this computer. Since I had chosen a Cooler Master case, I thought it would be a good idea to go with a Cooler Master power supply. That led me to the Cooler Master UCP Series 1100W which was comparable in price to the PC Power & Cooling model that I had previously chosen. Based on pure specs, it also provides 1100 watts rather than the 910 in the previous choice. I wouldn’t get too caught up in those numbers as they can vary a bit. Just make sure to have enough watts to comfortable power all of the components and then some.

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The US Federal Trade Commission came out with a ruling Monday stating that bloggers need to properly disclose any freebies or payments they receive from companies for reviewing their products. I believe bloggers are only required to do this starting on December 1, 2009. I thought it was a good opportunity to disclose what I do and don’t receive since I’ve never felt I had anything to hide.

Sometimes I will receive a complementary copy of software from the manufacturer so that I can do a review of the software. For every free piece of commercial software I receive, I probably buy something else. I believed enough in the product to buy a copy for myself before reviewing it. If the product is sold via an affiliate program, I will link to it via the affiliate program and will therefore receive a small commission if you click on that link and purchase the software. It is definitely important to get a commission, but I’m not going to write good things about a product if it isn’t any good. Most of the time I simply won’t write about something at all if I don’t like it. There are too many good products to write about. Of course there are also free products that I review and so there is no money earned by me and nothing for the company to give me.

Today’s post is covering a piece of hardware. I purchased this power supply for myself. The link provided to the product at Amazon is an affiliate link for which I receive a small commission if you were to buy the product. Again, I’m not going to write about stuff if I don’t think it is any good. I want to write about good stuff. You can decide for yourself if you wish to purchase it and I fully expect you’ll do more research beyond what I’ve said before you make a purchase.

The commissions I receive certainly provides a small payment for the time I invest into writing this blog. They definitely aren’t enough to pay all the bills. And I’m not trying to intentionally mislead you by saying things about a product simply to convince you to buy it. Your trust in more important to me than the commissions. Of course I do appreciate it when you use the links I provide to make a purchase.

As this new law takes affect, I’ll try to include a small disclosure in any post where such a link appears. Beyond that, I don’t think you’ll find that anything will change in this blog. It applies mostly to bloggers who flat out receive a payment for writing positive reviews of products and that just doesn’t appeal to me at all.

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