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Two things: Say NO to Ultra, and is this new PSU good?

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Yup, I was just casually watching a Splinter Cell 4 movie after midnight and everything just died on me. Naturally, I shut off the PSU ASAP and checked for anything wrong with my hookup. Dreadfully, I took out my old Antec 380W and hooked up my components to it. And...it worked. Everything. So that meant...that darn Ultra X-Connect 500W was dead. And good thing it didn't go boom. I checked it with that wire trick (putting it in pins 4 and 14), and sure enough, whenever I turn it on, there's a flippin' big spark in it and a loud click; that's it.

So, right now I'm running my trustworthy Antec 380W. However, it's pushing like a constipated kid to run my BFG 6800gt oc'd past Ultra speeds. In F.E.A.R., it jerks constantly, unlike when I ran it with my (stupid-yet-good-while-it-lasted) Ultra PSU, it was smooth. Also, it makes this high-pitched dog whistle sound almost all the time when it's running my graphics card and trying to keep up the voltage the 6800gt beast needs. It gets preety darn annoying to a musican after awhile...

So, is this Antec PSU good enough?

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Antec...oductDetail.do

It's exactly like my 380W one I'm using right now, but with 100 more watts.

I figure I won't feel much diff between 480W and 500W...

Okay, thanks SO MUCH guys.
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post #2 of 32
If i were you I would order the PSU in my rig, its super stable and will last a loooooong time...

Are the ultra x connects made by the same company who makes that crap ass memory? if so, no wonder it died
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I have the 480 watt one and Im almost certain it puts out more power than the Xconnect.
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Yeah, for me, and esp. my parents, it's easier just to buy something in a store, even if it is a couple more bucks than online, cuz we hate having to stay at home and whatnot just trying to catch one dumb package.

So, the 480W...is it enough to smoothly run the system? And because this is SLI-capable, and the 7800GTX's require less voltage than the 6800gt's, I'm assuming inthe future, everything will require less voltage (i.e. DDR2 takes WAYS less voltage than DDR1 to run), so...yeah.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Atheistic Freedom
Yeah, for me, and esp. my parents, it's easier just to buy something in a store, even if it is a couple more bucks than online, cuz we hate having to stay at home and whatnot just trying to catch one dumb package.

So, the 480W...is it enough to smoothly run the system? And because this is SLI-capable, and the 7800GTX's require less voltage than the 6800gt's, I'm assuming inthe future, everything will require less voltage (i.e. DDR2 takes WAYS less voltage than DDR1 to run), so...yeah.
Mine is pretty stable and if its SLI certified then it should definetly be able to handle one card.
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Er...it's not certified...and btw, u have a Neo one, I'm talking about a True Power ; )

It's SLI-CAPABLE, not certified, yup yup...
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post #7 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by Atheistic Freedom
Er...it's not certified...and btw, u have a Neo one, I'm talking about a True Power ; )

It's SLI-CAPABLE, not certified, yup yup...
Hmm I dont know how the two compare then...I think the Neopower is the cheaper one though.
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post #8 of 32
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btw, metalkobra, did you mean this RAM?

http://www.ultraproducts.com/subcategory.php?cPath=22

If so, yup, same company 0_o
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post #9 of 32
YES HAHAHA, no wonder it died...fawk ULTRA!!!! theyre a horrible company unless youre building a crappy budget system.

Well, see if you can find my power supply at circuit city or something, its SLI certified and will power your system well.
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post #10 of 32
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Oooh, dang...well, I found it at Fry's but...only my dad would dare to drive there, and if he finds out about this PSU, which I made him drive back and forth there three times so I could get a good-looking PSU, he's seriously gonna blow his top (having a middle school teacher for a dad can be very bad at times).

Hmmm...what to do...but for sure I want that PSU, and I need it before my 16th birthday hangout with my friends...don't want them trying to be scared of a jerky F.E.A.R.!

btw, do you have to install that control panel?
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