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SubjectCan anyone give me an explanation as to why my PSUs keep dying? new Reply to this message
Posted byDeath Knight
Posted on08/17/04 12:52 PM



I've burned through about 4 PSUs in the last 3-4 months, this last one lasted less than 3 weeks.
They were all generic 500W PSUs ( 230W real power )

I'm running an Athlon XP 1800 with 1GB DDR266 ram, a GF4 Ti 4200 128MB 8X, a generic CDRW 40x12x40, a VCom cooler for the processor, a generic fan in the back and 2 HDs, a 60GB 5400rpm and an 80GB 7200rpm.

All that in an ASUS A7V8X-X mobo ( previously on a Soyo Dragon plus wich killed a couple of PSUs as well ).

Is there any reason this setup is killing PSUs left and right? If i sprung the cash for a brandname PSU with more power ( say a Thermaltake 380-420W ) could i possibly be safe from any more burnouts?




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SubjectRe: Can anyone give me an explanation as to why my PSUs keep dying? Reply to this message
Posted byBig-Pete
Posted on08/17/04 06:02 PM



> I've burned through about 4 PSUs in the last 3-4 months, this last one lasted
> less than 3 weeks.
> They were all generic 500W PSUs ( 230W real power )
>
> I'm running an Athlon XP 1800 with 1GB DDR266 ram, a GF4 Ti 4200 128MB 8X, a
> generic CDRW 40x12x40, a VCom cooler for the processor, a generic fan in the
> back and 2 HDs, a 60GB 5400rpm and an 80GB 7200rpm.
>
> All that in an ASUS A7V8X-X mobo ( previously on a Soyo Dragon plus wich killed
> a couple of PSUs as well ).
>
> Is there any reason this setup is killing PSUs left and right? If i sprung the
> cash for a brandname PSU with more power ( say a Thermaltake 380-420W ) could i
> possibly be safe from any more burnouts?
>

Yeah those PSU's are probably a bit on the weedy side. Get one that can genuinely push 350W or more continuously and you should be better off.

Pete



SubjectOr... new Reply to this message
Posted byHalcyon
Posted on08/17/04 08:46 PM



Maybe it's because of your wall socket not being properly grounded or getting fluctuating power or something, if you get a surge protector or BackUPS thing it might help?




SubjectRe: Can anyone give me an explanation as to why my PSUs keep dying? new Reply to this message
Posted byLooker
Posted on08/17/04 09:02 PM



Do you live in an area with heavy industry nearby perhaps? Do your lights flicker sometimes on a night time? If so maybe your in a bad area for power surges. It might be worthwhile investing in a surge protector plug extension.

Also with power supplys you generally get what you pay for. Try an enermax or similar quality psu. I have a 350W enermax psu in my server that is going strong after over 3 years running far more hardware than is in your computer





SubjectI have a surge protector. NT Still happens. new Reply to this message
Posted byDeath Knight
Posted on08/17/04 10:38 PM



I'd never plug something that costs more than 500 bucks straight on the outlet.


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