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March 18, 2013 12:30:16 PM

I just purchased a used (Fortron/Source) FSP300-60GT power supply and cracked open the box. I have three others of this (almost) same model (I believe they are 60ATV) which all have the P4 connector that connects to your modern motherboard. Never occurred to me that this one would not have that P4 connector - apparently it is sufficiently old, and I am getting an electronics history lesson. My question is: I see there are these molex-to-P4 adapters. Without sounding like the dentist in Marathon Man... is it safe? This is for a future build which probably will be nothing-fancy, like a Sempron 145, maybe a Radeon 5450 graphics card (or maybe just use the mobo onboard graphics) either an ssd or a older 40GB IDE hard drive.

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March 18, 2013 1:28:07 PM

Well that may have been a better option. I'm not an electronics expert but what I have read rates the FSP models about equivalent to the Basiqs. Now granted I may have struck out with this unit, to be sure... but that doesn't really answer my question...
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March 18, 2013 1:34:54 PM

Michael Hartman said:
Well that may have been a better option. I'm not an electronics expert but what I have read rates the FSP models about equivalent to the Basiqs. Now granted I may have struck out with this unit, to be sure... but that doesn't really answer my question...


What I mean is it's better to not use a used ancient PSU at all. If you want better quality here is a Seasonic unit:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 18, 2013 1:49:18 PM

Right. I agree and I am getting the same sense after opening it up and looking inside. It was a private seller, and I should have gone with my instincts. Plus it reeks of cigarette smoke so which adds to the general sense of disappointment and mistrust in the stupid thing, in general. Seems to have permeated the aluminum and copper wiring. Yikes - maybe it has lung cancer. I got a couple "refurbished" FSPs for $22 last summer from Newegg, but they were not so ancient as this one, and they are quiet and they work fine. This http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is the one I'd REALLY like but... well. I digress. So... yeah I probably whiffed that one. Oh well. Live and learn.
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March 18, 2013 1:59:14 PM

Michael Hartman said:
Right. I agree and I am getting the same sense after opening it up and looking inside. It was a private seller, and I should have gone with my instincts. Plus it reeks of cigarette smoke so which adds to the general sense of disappointment and mistrust in the stupid thing, in general. Seems to have permeated the aluminum and copper wiring. Yikes - maybe it has lung cancer. I got a couple "refurbished" FSPs for $22 last summer from Newegg, but they were not so ancient as this one, and they are quiet and they work fine. This http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is the one I'd REALLY like but... well. I digress. So... yeah I probably whiffed that one. Oh well. Live and learn.


Yeah there are plenty of garbage PSUs going around on ebay just check out Johnyguru if you want to see real some garbage from there.

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March 18, 2013 3:25:53 PM

Hi

I believe the ATX 12V (4pin) connector has been around since 2000
and the ATX 12V 8pin since 2003 so if a PSU does not have a ATX 12V 4 pin or 8 pin or a 4+4 pin plug it is no use on a modern motherboard

[A molex plug has one 12 V (yellow) wire the ATX 12V 4 pin has 2 so any adapter is a bad idea]

regards
Mike Barnes
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