A New Power Supply


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Matt

Hey Guys. I came to my PC earlier today having left it running whilst
I was away only to find it had turned itself off and would not turn
back on. There was also a smell of burning rubber (though I guess it
was burning silicon) in the room. Upon closer inspection I found the
source of the smell was my power supply, which no doubt explained why
the PC had turned itself off.

One of the fans in my PC has been making some rather annoying noises
over the last few days, though I never took the time to investigate
further. I'm assuming that the fan for my PSU may have stopped whilst
I was away and caused the PSU to overheat.

After disconnecting it from the power and my PC, I took the outer case
of the PSU off and gave the inside a bit of a clean with a soft brush
to clear away all the dust, paying particular attention to the fan. I
also inspected for any burned out components, to confirm that my PSU
was to blame. Even with my torch I could find no burn marks, so I felt
it was worth giving it one last try. When I put it back together I
connected up the bare minimum of devices (my hard drive and floppy
drive) to the PSU as well as the main motherboard connection and
switched it on. Thankfully, the PSU is working so far, though given
that I'm in the middle of preparing a very important presentation I
need to know my PC isn't going to die on me again soon.

Therefore, I need to get a new PSU. The one I have now is a 300W PSU
that I got with my case in 2000. The PC itself has been upgraded once
since then in 2003, but as you can imagine it's not a particularly
high performance system given that it has been running smoothly on
only 300W! I've put my specs below if they are of any use.

So my question is which brands and models would you guys recommend? I
hear a 500W one would be ideal if I wanted to continue using it after
I upgrade in the next few months. Basically I want one that I can rely
on and that will last me for a decent amount of time.

Kind Regards,

Matt
 
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Gary

Hey Guys. I came to my PC earlier today having left it running whilst
I was away only to find it had turned itself off and would not turn
back on. There was also a smell of burning rubber (though I guess it
was burning silicon) in the room. Upon closer inspection I found the
source of the smell was my power supply, which no doubt explained why
the PC had turned itself off.

One of the fans in my PC has been making some rather annoying noises
over the last few days, though I never took the time to investigate
further. I'm assuming that the fan for my PSU may have stopped whilst
I was away and caused the PSU to overheat.

After disconnecting it from the power and my PC, I took the outer case
of the PSU off and gave the inside a bit of a clean with a soft brush
to clear away all the dust, paying particular attention to the fan. I
also inspected for any burned out components, to confirm that my PSU
was to blame. Even with my torch I could find no burn marks, so I felt
it was worth giving it one last try. When I put it back together I
connected up the bare minimum of devices (my hard drive and floppy
drive) to the PSU as well as the main motherboard connection and
switched it on. Thankfully, the PSU is working so far, though given
that I'm in the middle of preparing a very important presentation I
need to know my PC isn't going to die on me again soon.

Therefore, I need to get a new PSU. The one I have now is a 300W PSU
that I got with my case in 2000. The PC itself has been upgraded once
since then in 2003, but as you can imagine it's not a particularly
high performance system given that it has been running smoothly on
only 300W! I've put my specs below if they are of any use.

So my question is which brands and models would you guys recommend? I
hear a 500W one would be ideal if I wanted to continue using it after
I upgrade in the next few months. Basically I want one that I can rely
on and that will last me for a decent amount of time.

Kind Regards,

Matt

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