Originally Posted by HrnyGoat
Thats only in PSUs with overload protection, something yours probably didnt have. Most no-name PSUs rated wattage is actually their peak wattage, not their max sustainable wattage. A 500 watt no-name PSU will probably have a max sustained output of 400W-450W. Running at its peak output will overstress the components and cause them to eventually fail, sometimes catostrophically, as in your case.
The PSU should be your #1 investment when it comes to building a PC. The entire system depends on it. Higher quality PSU manufacturers like PC Power & Cooling will rate their PSUs according to the maximum sustained output, instead of the peak output. For expample, my PSU is rated at 510W, but its peak output its 650W.
You guys take me for a clueless newbie. Not that I don't appreciate your explanations, I do, but you have to understand that getting this machine was with a VERY tight budget.
ColorsIT isn't generic. It isn't well known and obviously it is CRAP. However, like I said guys - It was due to the fact I was tight in budget.
The sad thing is that if I was able to squeeze another 100$, I could have gotten an E6300 instead of the 805. Even with a crappy PSU, I could have used the E6300 at stock, and it would still come in par with the 805 at 3.8ghz. If I overclocked it to 2ghz, which isn't too dangerous with a generic PSU, I would have beaten any OCEd P-D 805 out there.