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Just hope nothing else got fried when it died...
Just a quick question slam, don't have to answer it if you don't feel like it. But do you know exactly how much wattage your PSU could output at max? and the amount of Watts your system needed. or was it just from old age? (sorry if im intruding, huge tech nerd)
Wow, that had to be something to behold... & maybe a tad frightening. D:
With that said: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA4H81E87575
Heya, no worries N99. The PSU I was using was a Thermaltake TR2 TR-500 (500W), which, after doing my research, I've realized was not even 80+ certified!! The replacement one I ordered is a EVGA500B, Bronze certified. (to be cont'd)
(cont'd from previous) Based on all the psu calculators I've used, my pc appears to draw about 400 - 430W or so. Not sure what went wrong, but from what I've read, that model of psu tends to die after 2 years (mine qwas 2.5 years old). If I could afford a $90 psu, I certainly would, but budget constraints and all... :\ The replacement one I got should be better anyway :)
Also, yes, quite a sight to behold xD I'd heard of people's computers "exploding" before, but this is a first for me lol
Okay, just be careful, about it because a PSU unit going out like that isn't common but can be very dangerous
This is just me though, no need to follow it if you don't want to. But I typically would go for a PSU that is 150-300 watts above the needed for my system that I could calculate. I've also used PCpartpicker to help get a rough estimate of what it would look like(before overclocking) and add the amount above to that # as head room. And I my self would go for a gold 80+ :P but again, that's just me
But I can understand being Ina budget. Sometimes the nice stuff is never cheap lol
Hope ya remembered to check that new PSU that it'd give ya good amount of Amps on the +12V Rail. I would not settle for less then 40.
Ah, right on. The PSUs most often recommended by the calculators were in the 550W+ range, so similar to what you propose. Heh, if I had the budget, I'd probably go Gold (Platinum isn't a big enough improvement to justify the price, from what I've read). As it is, it looks like my replacement has 40Amps on the 12V rail ("[email protected]" is what it says on the site) so hoping that should be stable enough! :)
That oughta do it. :)