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A crappy power supply can DEFINITELY lead to your PC shutting down, especially if it only happens when you game, as when you launch a game your graphics card kicks into 3d mode and draws a lot more power.

Return it asap, tell them that the label is misleading and spend some money a good power supply. A really good power supply can last you years and will ensure good and healthy operation of your PC. I've seen cheap power supplies that kill components when they die.

Too many people cheap out on the power supply b/c its not a "sexy" part. Of course this can come back and bite you.

I run the Antec Neo-link, which actually uses two psu's, a 550watt and 650watt. One for the board/CPU and one for the video card and peripherals. It works great and spreads the load out so that both psu's can operate at a lower load, staying cooler and more efficient. They've served me really well:
http://www.antec.com/pdf/flyers/Neo-link_flyer.pdf
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Originally Posted by Mygaffer View Post
A crappy power supply can DEFINITELY lead to your PC shutting down, especially if it only happens when you game, as when you launch a game your graphics card kicks into 3d mode and draws a lot more power.

Return it asap, tell them that the label is misleading and spend some money a good power supply. A really good power supply can last you years and will ensure good and healthy operation of your PC. I've seen cheap power supplies that kill components when they die.

Too many people cheap out on the power supply b/c its not a "sexy" part. Of course this can come back and bite you.

I run the Antec Neo-link, which actually uses two psu's, a 550watt and 650watt. One for the board/CPU and one for the video card and peripherals. It works great and spreads the load out so that both psu's can operate at a lower load, staying cooler and more efficient. They've served me really well:
http://www.antec.com/pdf/flyers/Neo-link_flyer.pdf
so would it be good to put in my second power supply n run it to my graphics card? or just take it back n get a refund?
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post #23 of 31
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Originally Posted by IXcrispyXI View Post
so would it be good to put in my second power supply n run it to my graphics card? or just take it back n get a refund?
The neo-link has a two pin connector that connects the power supplies so that pressing the power button will turn them both on.

You could use the crappier psu, the "powercooler", to power just your drives by shorting it so it stays on all the time with a paperclip, just connect the green wire to the black with a paperclip on its 20/4-pin connector and connect the video card and motherboard to the 550 watt.

Honestly though stay away from the cheap stuff all together, I work at a computer repair shop and I have seen a crappy psu take whole systems with it when it dies. They don't have good overvolt and other protection circuits, or they don't even have them at all.

There are plenty of good power supplies that don't cost an arm and a leg.
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I looked up the UL # from the pic and got this: http://database.ul.com/cgi-bin/XYV/t...374&sequence=1
Looks like a Chicony... whatever that is....
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I looked up the UL # from the pic and got this: http://database.ul.com/cgi-bin/XYV/t...374&sequence=1
Looks like a Chicony... whatever that is....
Oh dude, Chicony makes some cheap crap.
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Oh dude, Chicony makes some cheap crap.
^This, I'd guess it's a 200wish unit in reality. The Cooler in CoolerPower is actually a fair bit off of CMs logo( the font is off).
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well changed back to my 550 seems fine ok so will a gtx 560 run on this psu?
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post #28 of 31
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Originally Posted by IXcrispyXI View Post
well changed back to my 550 seems fine ok so will a gtx 560 run on this psu?
What unit is it?

A GTX 560 should run just fine on any modern 550w
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Sub-mediocre is the word I would use. Slightly worse than mediocre, but better than plain "bad", and far better than "awful", "trash", "terrible", and "Leadman LP-8867".
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Sub-mediocre is the word I would use. Slightly worse than mediocre, but better than plain "bad", and far better than "awful", "trash", "terrible", and "Leadman LP-8867".
It's not a Cooler Master; it's an old Half-Bridge design claiming to be 80+ and 700w.
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