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post #1 of 11
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Okay so I'm having this problem ever since I moved my computer to the other side of the room. Basically the computer now turns on as soon as the PSU switch is flipped (power button in front just turns it off), all the fans and optical drives spin up abnormally fast, the computer doesn't POST, and there's no video output with GPU LEDs indicating power connectors removed.

I tried swapping the PSU to another really old computer and it seems the same thing is happening - it powers on immediately, the reset switch doesn't work, and there's no video output.

I'm guessing that it must be the PSU causing this issue, so it seems I'll need a new one. The only thing is I've had more dead PSUs than anything else and I'd like to get one that isn't gonna just roll over in a year or two and cause a bunch of trouble. This one lasted me 3 yrs which I suppose is quite good given my track record but I'm looking for the longest life for the money and I'm wondering if you guys have any suggestions for the closest I'll get to an invincible / future-proof PSU.

Specs below, though I may be upgrading out of S939 soon.
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post #2 of 11
PSUs can and do die at random, so setting your expectations that high ("invincible") is only setting you up for a disappointment...
Refer to the list of recommended PSUs for your desired wattage and you can't really go wrong, but do your research on the specific unit you're looking at regardless.

Is it for the exact setup in your rig though?
post #3 of 11
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Yeah, I know that I'll never really find my dream PSU since no part is invincible (ESPECIALLY not PSUs from my experience). What I really want is a PSU from a manufacturer that is known for having really good quality and part lifetime, that will be good for a midrange system in the coming years. Preferably with a good warranty.

I guess I'm pretty retarded since I missed the sticky, it's funny how easy it is to just gloss over those without reading... I'll be looking at the list and reading the reviews but in the meantime I'd like to know what kind of wattage I'll need for a midrange system that will last for the next couple of years. I doubt I'll be doing SLI/Xfire but what kind of range of power should I be looking at?

The build below is what I currently have, although I may upgrade soon. It largely depends on whether or not the PSU is the only thing causing the problems that I'm experiencing. If so, I might wait a few months or a year and upgrade then so I'm looking to get a PSU that will work now and later.
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post #4 of 11
Any X-Series Seasonic are pretty reliable
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Wow! That mobo and CPU are old school! I used to have a 165! Anyway... the closest PSU to your expectations might be one of the PCP&C Turbo-Cool PSUs? They are all made by Win-Tact and have a 200,000 hour MTBF at 40C, where as literally every single other PSU has a 100,000 hour MTBF at 25C.
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post #6 of 11
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817207013 is high quality, pretty cheap and will power anything you can throw at it really. If you're sticking to mid-range stuff, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817207012 would do perfectly fine, too.
post #7 of 11
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Wow the reviews for that Seasonic are amazing, it sounds like the power supply that god uses. Still it's a little on the expensive side - not that it's too much, but it is a consideration.

I could only find one PCP&C from the Turbo-cool series on newegg and it was a $450 1200W, although the Silencer series looked interesting.

The XFX is $5 cheaper than that PCP&C Silencer, puts 50W out more, and has more amperage on the rails, but the PCP&C has a 7 year warranty as opposed to the XFX's 5 years. Seven years... amazing.

I dunno, it's a tough call. The XFXs generally seem to put out more amps and are a few bucks cheaper, but the PCP&C has that epically long warranty. I guess I'll have to think about it, but if I were to build a midrange computer in the next year or two would 500-550W be enough to power it? Or would 650W be the safer choice?
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post #8 of 11
I'd take the SeaSonic-built XFX over the Sirtec-built PCP&C Silencer II, personally. Better electrical performance. And the 7-year warranty... I mean, those are $50 PSUs. If it dies after five and a half years and you're out of warranty with the superior unit, there will be other excellent $50 units by then.
post #9 of 11
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Looks like the XFX has it then, and I certainly can't argue with their pricetag. The only question I still have then is whether I'll be good for the next few years with 550W or if I should go 650W instead. Like I said I'm not planning to Xfire/SLI and I don't have any fancy watercooling systems to power or anything like that but I don't know what kind of power recent and upcoming tech might draw.

As you can tell from my specs, I've been out of the PC building business for a few years...
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post #10 of 11
I believe the XFX warranty is 5 years if you register online. newegg lists 3 years.

The Antec High Current Gamer 520W is currently about $50 shipped (3 year warranty).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371047

Internally it's pretty much the same as the XFX--same Seasonic platform, all Japanese capacitors inside and decent build quality.

520W is enough to power a i7-2600k and GTX 580 unless you go wild with volt mods and overclocking on the GTX 580.
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