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My parents have this 5 (or so) year old prebuilt PC running XP and it recently (in the last month) started randomly restarting and freezing. My original assumption was that it was filled up with so much crap that caused this (never been reformatted before, you know how parents download every program they see), but after reformatting and reinstalling XP, the restarting still occurs. I'm not entirely sure to what can be causing this.. but since it is prebuilt (eMachines) I would assume that it is a very low quality cheap power supply... I mean what else can it be? I really don't know much about power supplies or electricity, I may sound stupid, but in my mind, I think the computer is restarting because of voltage spikes or something.
It is a eMachines T6212. Single core Athlon 64 2ghz with 1GB DDR1 ram (originally came with 512 but I upgraded it with some scrap RAM I found about 2-3 years ago). Upgrading to a brand new computer is the last resort. My parents don't do anything besides pretty much reading news on the internet, and there is no need for a powerhouse to do that.

If someone here can confirm (or accept the possibility) of the power supply going bad, and do you guys know of any cheap power supply under 350 watts (cheap as possible, price vs quality)?

Thanks!
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My parents have this 5 (or so) year old prebuilt PC running XP and it recently (in the last month) started randomly restarting and freezing. My original assumption was that it was filled up with so much crap that caused this (never been reformatted before, you know how parents download every program they see), but after reformatting and reinstalling XP, the restarting still occurs. I'm not entirely sure to what can be causing this.. but since it is prebuilt (eMachines) I would assume that it is a very low quality cheap power supply... I mean what else can it be? I really don't know much about power supplies or electricity, I may sound stupid, but in my mind, I think the computer is restarting because of voltage spikes or something.
It is a eMachines T6212. Single core Athlon 64 2ghz with 1GB DDR1 ram (originally came with 512 but I upgraded it with some scrap RAM I found about 2-3 years ago). Upgrading to a brand new computer is the last resort. My parents don't do anything besides pretty much reading news on the internet, and there is no need for a powerhouse to do that.
If someone here can confirm (or accept the possibility) of the power supply going bad, and do you guys know of any cheap power supply under 350 watts (cheap as possible, price vs quality)?
Thanks!

It could be just about anything from the RAM or hard drive to the PSU. have you tried using a spare hard drive and see if the system runs ok? PSU issues tend to result in the system cutting off completely and/or not coming on at all.

Edit: Not bad at all. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817159042
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It could well be the power supply. Its a known problem on some emachines. Try something else in there if you have one, if not, then just get an antec earthwatts or something similar, no need to go overboard, 350w or so would do just fine and shouldn't break the bank.
     
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Originally Posted by Buska103 View Post

My parents have this 5 (or so) year old prebuilt PC running XP and it recently (in the last month) started randomly restarting and freezing. My original assumption was that it was filled up with so much crap that caused this (never been reformatted before, you know how parents download every program they see), but after reformatting and reinstalling XP, the restarting still occurs. I'm not entirely sure to what can be causing this.. but since it is prebuilt (eMachines) I would assume that it is a very low quality cheap power supply... I mean what else can it be? I really don't know much about power supplies or electricity, I may sound stupid, but in my mind, I think the computer is restarting because of voltage spikes or something.
It is a eMachines T6212. Single core Athlon 64 2ghz with 1GB DDR1 ram (originally came with 512 but I upgraded it with some scrap RAM I found about 2-3 years ago). Upgrading to a brand new computer is the last resort. My parents don't do anything besides pretty much reading news on the internet, and there is no need for a powerhouse to do that.

If someone here can confirm (or accept the possibility) of the power supply going bad, and do you guys know of any cheap power supply under 350 watts (cheap as possible, price vs quality)?

Thanks!

It could be power supply or overheating components such as CPU or bad cable connection etc. There's no way to tell for sure without going thru the process of elimination.
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