Well, it looks like my power supply is shot.

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  1. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    It's been making a high-pitched whistle for a couple of weeks now, and this evening it started popping up messages from the "NVidia System Sentinel" telling me that the card is receiving insufficient power through the supplemental power port. Shit.

    I figured 460W would be enough to run a PCI-Express card (really AGP, but with a converter chipset), three Raptors, and an Athlon XP 3000. I guess not.

    So...what should I buy? It doesn't need to support SLI and it would be nice if it had a 20+4 main connector instead of a 24-pin main connector, because my new(er) motherboard has crap in the way next to the power socket so I can't just stick a 24-pin power plug into it and let the last four pins hang off the edge like I used to.

    Whatever I buy, this PSU will stay in this computer -- I'm happy enough with this build that I'm not going to cannibalize it when I build a new machine, so there's no need for future-proof features. Just a 20+4 main connector, a couple of rails of Molex plugs, and a couple of SATA plugs will do fine.

    But I do want it to be durable.
     
  2. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Well you know how I am with Antec.

    I've been digging into it since Jollys rants on it, and there have been a couple of lemons, but the ones that are good are the earthwatts, and the true power trios.

    Some psu's get checked at 20c for wattage.

    Those Antecs are checked at 50C for 24/7 operation.

    Plus the True Power Trios carry the Antec 5 year warranty.

    (3 year on the earthwatts)
     
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    Oddly, the messages went away after the PSU warmed up. Which means I've either got a cracked conductor or a leaking capacitor. Joy.

    Earthwatt? That sounds kinda eco-friendly or something. Not exactly a perfect match for a bunch of 10000rpm hard drives that never shut off, but hell, I'm all up for having some oxygen left to breathe.
     
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    do yourself a favor and ignore antec. Go to some serious power from a psu that can deliver.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Well I tend to mention Antec on a budget level.

    If you have a couple of hundred bucks to burn, then by all means get a top of the line badass psu like PC Power & Cooling.

    But for the money, earthwatts and true power trios are good stuff.
     
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    Any Forton besides the epsilons are always a good choice. Probably the cheapest too.
     
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    Okay, but it would have been nice if you'd followed that advice with an alternate recommendation.
     
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    well, read my last psu suggestion thread for some other suggestions. Based on a QUICK newegg powersearch I would recommend:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817103022

    It's a 600W Sparkle unit. Based on your desire to use this system as a bonefide dev box I give the nod to Sparkle over Fortron.

    It has a 30A +5V rail (which is what your hard drives are gonna be using most)

    It also has 4x +12V rails @18A each.

    And it has that 20+4 ATX connector you asked for ;)

    $119
     
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    You're a good man, Charlie Brown.

    (scopes out the recommendation)
     
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    Never heard of that site before. I'll have to take a look; thanks.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Jesus H. Christ, you mean him and me are related? :eek3:
     
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    You don't see the resemblance?
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I didn't realize he was so handsome :eek3:
     
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    I didn't realize your penis was so large :eek3:
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    ahhahahaa!
     

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