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Hey guys, I recently built a desktop, specifications detailed below: (I'll get around to putting these in my sig soon, I know how much easier it makes it for people to help ).

CPU: i5-2500K
MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V
RAM: 8GB CORSAIR XMS3
HDD: 500GB WD Blue
GPU: ATI Radeon 6870 HAWK
PSU: Corsair GS500 (Gamer-Series)

Well, I built the PC, powered it up, and installed windows - everything worked fine. I proceeded to install Mafia II, and again, it worked excellently. I was extremely happy. Next day I wake up, and motherboard doesn't power up - sure it displays lights and stuff, but no fans come on, nothing happens. I reset the CMOS, but to no avail, still doesn't boot.

Eventually (should have assumed this from the start >.>) I isolate the problem. The PSU has blown.

Now - my problem is in Khartoum only two PSU's are available (not counting the 100's of cheap chinese no-brand PSU's). One is the Gigabyte ODIN 720W, and one is the Gigabyte ODIN 470W.

The 470W is out of the question as it only has 1 12V rail at 18A, whereas the 720W specifications are much better.

I have two questions. Firstly, will a cheap Chinese no-name 400W PSU kill my PC components if it blows? I had one that came with the case, so I'm using it now (working fine, GPU is in my cupboard though...). It's main specs are as follows:

+3.3V > 18A
+5.0V > 28A
+12 V > 15A

Is it worth waiting for two months and then getting a HX650, or should I get the ODIN 720 now and call it a day? I can't order online because I live in Khartoum, so I have to wait until a relative comes to Sudan.

Last question, what could cause the GS500 to blow? It looked like a really good PSU.

I'm on integrated graphics for 4 days if I go ODIN, ~3 months for any PSU available on internet (up to $150)
Edited by Ahmedbasil1 - 11/6/11 at 12:11pm
post #2 of 13
Sometimes looks can be decieving....
If you have something that will get you by... I say hold out for the HX as corsair has EXCELLENT PSU's
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The best right now are Seasonic X-series also sold as Corsair AX. Try to get one of those. Although the Corsair HX is also top quality PSU.
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Anything from the likes of Corsair AX series or Silverstone would suit you fine.
 
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post #5 of 13
If you use a no name Chinese power supply yeah it will fry your components when it blows. And it's not "if" it blows, it's WHEN it blows. It could fry just your CPU or it could fry everything...15A on the 12V is pathetic for a "400W" Just your 6870 by itself would almost overload that thing. How much overclocking were you doing on the GS500?
Edited by Pentium-David - 11/6/11 at 12:08pm
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post #6 of 13
Keep the one you have right now and get a family member to bring you one from abroad as soon as possible.

Seasonic/Corsair/Enermax are probably the top of the line manufactures right now for PSU's.

Anything in a 500-600w range will suit you best.
    
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post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
Sorry, forgot to mention, the 6870 is in its antistatic bag in my cupboard .

I have to wait 2 months, maybe three for the corsair. I'm really thinking of getting the gigabyte... the gigabyte is 700 SDG (~150 USD), I could get something much better. But I'm sure by then the crappy chinese psu will kill my PC. Is the Gigabyte one bad?
post #8 of 13
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Wyldefang, I'm just afraid a power spike (this is Africa, happens often) would kill (irreplaceable) PC components. I am sure the ODIN is not excellent compared to some of the ones people are mentioning above - but I can't help feeling the 400W chinese POS (piece-of-****) WILL kill the PC.

EDIT: Sorry for double post :S
post #9 of 13
Link the shop/s you're buying from and your budget for other suggestions.. the Odin 470 & 720 are acceptable FSP units, with utter **** connectivity.. you should be able to do better with that cash.
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I'm buying from a shop called "gabani" in the middle of town... I doubt you've ever heard of it . I've been to about 8 PC shops, and they ALL had these two PSU's. It's the ODIN 720 now, or a corsair HX-650 in three months... by which point my PC will be dead (supposedly). Whaddya think?
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