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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-21-2009, 09:47 PM - Thread Starter
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I have a brand new computer (sig rig) and I have had a few issues with it. I have asked on one of my groups forums, and one of the guys suggested it might be my PSU.

My problem is, that I am hearing like a surging noise coming from the tower. Im not entirely sure if it is from the CPU though. I have had this issue for a while now, and has happened quite a few times. Today I went to save a picture, and my computer made a noise (I guess kinda like a buzz) for a second, then the computer froze for roughly 10 seconds. Not the first time that happened. After I saved the picture (this happens quite a bit) I started to get surging sounds from the tower. Ive noticed if I hit the top of my case, it stops, but this still happens quite frequently. Now with my Sig rig, Dell gave me a 425w PSU. The only thing I have done, is added the Razer Barracuda sound card. I was told that it may be the PSU getting a little overworked. All 5 of my USB ports are in use for various things, and occasionally I have my X52 joystick plugged in the front. Before I start to A) try this without my sound card, and B) swap to a 550W, I would like to know what anyone else can say about my issue.

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whoa. that's not enough to handle a 4850. you should get at least 500w with a good brand. what brand it is anyway?

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425w would be cutting it extremely close, if it were from a reputable manufacturer such as Corsair, Antec, ect..

Since that does not seem to be the case, I would refrain from using that power supply in that system as soon as possible. Those hiccups you are seeing are totally not normal in a new system, and can be attributed in lapses from your power supply.

I'm more concerned in the quality/output of it, as opposed to the advertised wattage, which should be less than 425W.

For that rig, I'd look into the 650-750W area. The Corsair TX series would be great.

Look into this situation, as having a power supply blow on you will likely take other components with it. Cheap PSU's don't like to die alone.

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lol great. Thank you both. Dell assured me that this 425 would be great for my computer, I was still convinced other wise (especially since I would be running multiple things from the USB slots and another sound card).

Unfortunately with Dell, I cant tell you who made my card, ram, or psu. Im pretty sure that the PSU is dells own make though.

I was worried enough about the PSU just going out in general so I dont even want to think about having to send back my computer that is completely wasted. I will try removing my sound card before I sit there and go off on dell. I want to atleast try and avoid warranty conflictions, but there is no way I will play COD4 without that sound card.

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I seriously doubt the PSU has anything to do with the surging noises (unless its fan is physically getting stuck), but that is cutting it a bit close. If it were a high-end 425 like the enermax or something I'd be comfortable with it, but I would be nervous with a stock dell psu running that system. You could sang a corsair TX650 for about $70 and be done with it.

The surging noise could be the hard drive seaking or perhaps a case fan getting stuck or even ramping up and down with temps.

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Thanks. Its hard to tell exactly where the noise is from. I suppose now I will have to stick my head in a bit closer and try and hear where its coming from.

Let me look at the PSU to see what it says....
Model # - L425P-00,
Input - 100-200v 17A 50-60Hz
Output - +5v /22A max -12v /1a max
+5v (FP) 4Amax +3.3v /17a max

There is a bit more info on it, but Im not entirely sure what to look for. I tried to take a picture but the camera wouldnt focus on it. That seemed like the main info.


I guess the HD would make sense. I would think the fan would do that more often then, especially when I play games.

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I was able to stick my head next to the comp and hear the surging noise, Im fairly positive it is coming from my new HD.

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