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[Update: Help me Find a new PSU] -- Did my PSU just fail?

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September 2, 2013 3:32:11 PM

Hey, I built a computer about two years ago and it's been going pretty smoothly since. However, Earlier today while I was playing dark souls, my computer froze. The screens got filled with lines of various colors and static, and a really abrasive, loud glitchy noise played endlessly. I rebooted it, and everything seemed fine. About an hour later, my computer suddenly just turned off. Now, it won't turn back on, and the light on my PSU is yellow, until I try to boot when it turns red. I don't think it fried anything luckily, but I haven't looked especially closely.

The 1000w psu I bought is pretty shitty and I forget the name (its definitely not a brand name) I'm honestly surprised it lasted this long, but the rest of my components are solid. Using an Asus p8p67-v mobo if that helps, since in some preliminary Google searching some people said their specific problem had to so with the mobo.

I just want confirmation that my PSU did fail or some way to potentially fix it.

Thanks!
September 2, 2013 3:39:36 PM

Cheap 1000W PSU's are destined to fail. I've just seen some for around £40. Some Cheaper 500W PSU's blow and some of those are similarly priced. I'd recommend removing the power supply and not reconnecting it again, its just not worth the risk.
Buy a branded PSU for example the Corsair CX builder range.
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September 2, 2013 3:58:55 PM

iisfitblud said:
Cheap 1000W PSU's are destined to fail. I've just seen some for around £40. Some Cheaper 500W PSU's blow and some of those are similarly priced. I'd recommend removing the power supply and not reconnecting it again, its just not worth the risk.
Buy a branded PSU for example the Corsair CX builder range.


Thanks for confirming that. I have no idea why I bought it in the first place. I would have been fine with a good-quality 800w or something, and I was smart about all the rest of my components. It was my first ever build though, so I guess I shouldn't expect it to have been perfect.

I'll start looking into new PSU's, but I'll leave this up here just in case anyone else has an opinion.
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September 2, 2013 3:59:38 PM

ok. first lets make sure it's not your GPU, pull your card out, plug the monitor into the motherboards out, and see if the computer turns on.

If it doesn't then it's probably the PSU, your hope is the psu didn't take anything with it when it went (they can blow MBs CPUs and GPUs easily when they die). If th computer boots without the GPU then your gpu died.
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September 2, 2013 4:22:44 PM

ingtar33 said:
ok. first lets make sure it's not your GPU, pull your card out, plug the monitor into the motherboards out, and see if the computer turns on.

If it doesn't then it's probably the PSU, your hope is the psu didn't take anything with it when it went (they can blow MBs CPUs and GPUs easily when they die). If th computer boots without the GPU then your gpu died.


Thanks, I'll try that tonight.
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September 2, 2013 8:50:59 PM

Alright, after spending a good 15 mins trying to wiggle my GPU out before just breaking the damn clamp (hate those things), I confirmed that my computer doesn't start up without my GPU plugged in. I hear a little click noise (which happens normally when I hit the power button) and then nothing happens at all. The power LED on my mobo is also red, if that means anything.

Looks to me like my PSU fried, and hopefully it didn't take anything with it. I don't think so, since I didn't smell anything burning and it all looked fine when I opened it up, but I guess I won't really know until I can boot it.

Any other thoughts / recommendations for a good 800w-ish PSU?
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September 3, 2013 11:22:29 AM

Corsair makes good, cheap psu's and has a fantastic warranty policy. On the more expensive side Seasonic makes the best/highest quality PSUs, XFX and Antec make good psus too; understand the general dificulty in listing a good cheep one is most PSUs are made by companies not on the nameplate, brand names can often have 3 or 4 different suppliers, the result is there are wildly differing quality standards across the board... Generally, Corsair makes some of the more reliable cheap psus... but they're still cheap, so they aren't in the same class of a high end psu made by seasonic. Of course, seasonic makes some of corsair's psus... and antec's and xfx. And in general all 4 of those companies seem interested in producing quality, dependable psus.

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September 3, 2013 11:28:51 AM

Please post your system specs, and do you overclock anything.
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September 3, 2013 11:41:36 AM

Without your hardware specs, here are a couple good PSUs in the 800 watt range. You may not need this much.
SeaSonic M12II 850 SS-850AM 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
JonnyGuru.com Recommended
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
Recommended Award by JonnyGuru.com
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 3, 2013 8:03:41 PM

nostall said:
Without your hardware specs, here are a couple good PSUs in the 800 watt range. You may not need this much.

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Sorry for the late response. My specs:

asus p8p67-v mobo
8gb 1600 ram
asus 6950 1gb oc'd a little
i5 2500k @ 4ghz
1tb 7200rpm hdd + 64gb ssd, dvd/cd drive
nzxt phantom case with 5 led fans

yeah I have no idea why I thought I needed anywhere over 700w, even with headroom when I built it...

basically, once the next gen of games rolls around I'll get a high-end gpu that can max those games like a 770 or something in that range... I also plan to double my ram and add a drive or two down the line. It would also be great if I had the headroom for another 770 to SLI but I guess that's not necessary and would cut some $$ off the psu
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September 3, 2013 8:20:01 PM

Thanks for posting the info. Nope, don't need 800 watts, BUT that XFX is made by Seasonic and at ~~$95 after rebate that is a sweet deal. It will probably last you a long time.
The next step is to get the new PSU and see if everything still works. Unfortunately there usually is NOT any burned items or electrical smell when the parts are killed: The internals of the chips or whatever are simply quick fried.
Let us know what happens, and eventually, after the new PSU install and updates etc, close the thread by selecting a best answer..
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September 3, 2013 8:29:46 PM

nostall said:
Thanks for posting the info. Nope, don't need 800 watts, BUT that XFX is made by Seasonic and at ~~$95 after rebate that is a sweet deal. It will probably last you a long time.
The next step is to get the new PSU and see if everything still works. Unfortunately there usually is NOT any burned items or electrical smell when the parts are killed: The internals of the chips or whatever are simply quick fried.
Let us know what happens, and eventually, after the new PSU install and updates etc, close the thread by selecting a best answer..


So what you're saying is any 700w or so PSU made by the brands you mentioned (and with good reviews and scores on newegg etc) is a pretty safe bet? I might go for that XFX though. I'll do some research on the weekend when I have the time so I guess I'll make a new thread when I need to.

Is there any way to tell if a component was fried that's easier than plugging it into a friend's computer (eg. that I can do at home)? That would ruin my month if I had to drop $500 on new components all over again... especially if I have to get a new cpu since I have no plans of doing that anytime soon
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September 4, 2013 9:11:03 PM

If anyone still wants to respond, can you just confirm that this is a solid PSU that will last me for a while and hopefully not ever quick-fry my components? haha...

Do you think it'll have enough headroom for a GPU somewhere along the lines of an 870 (or whatever the successor to the 770 is, because that's when I plan to upgrade) along with a couple drives, the haswell equivalent of a 2500k (if mine got fried), 16gb ram and everything else?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-151-...

Thanks!
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September 4, 2013 10:09:04 PM

QwertyMusicMan said:
If anyone still wants to respond, can you just confirm that this is a solid PSU that will last me for a while and hopefully not ever quick-fry my components? haha...

Do you think it'll have enough headroom for a GPU somewhere along the lines of an 870 (or whatever the successor to the 770 is, because that's when I plan to upgrade) along with a couple drives, the haswell equivalent of a 2500k (if mine got fried), 16gb ram and everything else?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-151-...

Thanks!


That is an excellent psu at a really good price. It should last a long time and will power a Haswell CPU just fine, and probably one of the new generation cards down the line. Seasonic and Delta are the best PSU makers out there.
You aren't going to know if anything else was damaged until you hook up the new PSU and fire up the PC, as I mentioned already.
Keep us posted here, any more problems and we'll try to help you diagnose them. We'll also keep our fingers crossed and pray that nothing else was damaged.
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