If you mean the "paper-clip test", it's useless. You need a proper and thorough tester.
I'm using the Apevia but I don't wish to debate whether or not it is the absolute best. It works and works well. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...upply%20Tester
It is the PSU. For sure.
I have a lot of experience with equipment that works for awhile and then goes south all of a sudden. Right now, manufacturers are pumping out product of secondary quality and then dealing with the returns. And it does not seem to matter if you stick with quality manufacturers or not. The only time it matters is how courteously/efficiently the mfr. deals with returns.
Some like CoolerMaster and Corsair are wonderful. Others like Gigabyte are ... (sorry, no vulgarity permitted on OCN)
My PSU was a CoolerMaster 1,000 watt (80%) which functioned for a couple of weeks. Then the computer just suddenly shut down. Next, it would not even boot up. And finally, no lights on the mobo, no nothing.
If you do need to RMA the PSU, and you will, I would suggest the US Postal Service over UPS. Why? The much maligned USPS will ship it by air overnight for about $10.00 while UPS will charge more and take at least a week.
Good luck. Buy yourself a tester. You're gonna need it - now and in the future.
Thanks man! 26$, I didn't know they were that cheap, of course I never looked.
I Think im going to have to get me one of those.
I guess I just had too much faith in this PSU when I bought it, to even think it needed to be tested.
I guess I was wrong... Lesson Learned!
After thinking about it, I know of 3 other times, it would have been nice to have one.
Also, I should try testing it on a different PSU and if that works then well its defiantly the psu that is bad.
EDIT: you were totally right man!
I tested a POS, DELL PSU with the board and it worked! It was the PSU all along.
And you say Coolermaster is good about RMA's. Its either that or see if FRY's will give me store credit.
Edited by cayennemist - 9/20/11 at 2:41pm