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Zylocks

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Hey guys. it looks like i need to buy another power supply. my computer seems to keep eating them? is there any reason why/how my computer could be doing that? I've been told that it's just the cheap power supplies, but both times they died after i moved my computer from one place to another (disassembling it, and then reassembling it). one was after a period of time, my brother took it apart, and then a month later i put it back together, but the second time, it was after a matter of hours. so if anyone has any idea that'd be great.

moving on, I still need to find another power supply. does anyone have any suggestions? i don't want to buy one of those cheap ones that everyones warning me about, but at the same time i dont want to spend a bundle. if you would like me to list my parts i will, but i'm holding off until its necessary, because i'd actually have to look at them (computers dead).

thanks!
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steveie85ca

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Really any Thermaltake or Crossair PSU's are the best. Here are a few that I like:

Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Power Supply

Thermaltake TR2 RX W0146RU ATX12V Ver2.2 450W Power Supply

CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply

Those are the ones that I use mainly at my shop. I know a lot of other computer techs at another forum that use them as well. Hope that helps.
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james_8970

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There are two things that'll cause PSUs to fail often.
1. Dirty power. Do you live in a older home? E.g. 30+ years? If so, I highly recommend you purchase a UPS.
2. Cheap power supplies cannot be compared to a higher end PSU in any which way or form. If you PSU is as light as a feather, you need to chuck it out the door. Heavy = quality. If you want reliability, get a Silverstone or Corsair unit, these are the better companies that have great PSUs below the $100 range.

moving on, I still need to find another power supply. does anyone have any suggestions?

Can you please provide us with a budget and your system specs.
James
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thanks for the replies guys.

alright, because i can't turn my computer on, i'll have to look at the specs on the parts.

the video card is a 7600GT 258 MB 128bit DDR duel DVI TV PCI - E
the motherboard. Um... all i can see is Asus P58 on it. hope thats it...?
RAM: 2x Corsair ddr2 512MB
processor: intel. Um.. i don't really know what im looking for here, but im pretty sure it doesn't say it on here. Heres what I saw on it. D34052-DD1
hard drive: SAT 120gb

also, I don't think I have 'dirty' power, but what is a UPS?

i don't really have a budget.. but i mean i don't want to spend money on a power supply that i dont really need. the cheaper the better really.

also, i've seen a lot of links going to that newegg site. Do they also deal withe Canada? because i tried entering my postal code and it wouldn't fit.., and i couldn't find any canadian links or anything.

Edited by Zylocks, 20 July 2008 - 09:32 PM.

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also, I don't think I have 'dirty' power, but what is a UPS?

A UPS is essentially a battery backup for anything plugged into it. In addition to this, it also removes the ripple from your power, thus giving you clean power.
It's hard to describe briefly, so I'll just link you to a Wikipedia article if you want additional information on these units.
http://en.wikipedia....le_power_supply

I suggest one of these two units.
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817256027
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139004

This is what happens with cheaper units.
http://corsair.com/c....aspx?id=622747
Just a word of warning, when a PSU ides, it typically takes out components with it.
James

Edited by james_8970, 20 July 2008 - 09:39 PM.

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Zylocks

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wow, thanks for the fast reply. and [bleep]... how do those cheap power supplies sell at all if they're dying that fast.. how are they even allowed to sell them.. thats not cool.

I think I'd grab that corsair one that you showed me. the

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139004

but again I live in canada. do you know if newegg deals to canada O_o?
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Another thing to consider with getting a PSU is, that the PSU you want has enough outputs to support your drives. I tardedly bought a PSU because it was cheap, worked a dream for what i needed it for, but was short 2 cords. My HDD , Floppy and my main DVD drive got the power, but my combo drive and AIO drive went without. I felt real "deedeedee" after that incident. :)
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but again I live in canada. do you know if newegg deals to canada O_o?

I live in canada as well, Winnipeg in fact :)
Sorry about missing that edit.

http://www.ncix.com/...mp;promoid=1046
http://www.ncix.com/...mp;promoid=1046
Both are on sale and your best price/performance PSUs.
James
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thanks again guys.

i've placed an order in, and am waiting patiently for it to arrive :)
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Not a problem, glade we could help.
James
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