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NEED HELP WITH POWER SUPPLY

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December 17, 2004 3:48:32 PM

The PSU of my Dell computer needs replacement. It is a Micro ATX PSU 250 Watts. Can not find a reputable brand name in that size. Only Dell has it and they want to charge an arm and a leg for it. I refuse to pay Dell what they R asking me.

QUESTION:
Can I buy a regular ATX power Supply from a reputable manufacturer (based on TH PSU Reviews)and use it on my computer by way of drilling new assembly holes (to acomodate the bigger PSU) or the connectors are also different in configuration and size.

Does it have to be Micro ATX ?

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December 17, 2004 11:34:23 PM

There is no such thing as a Micro ATX form factor power supply. Several venders sell several differently sized power supplies under that label. The most common small power supply is the SFX, followed by the PS-III (looks like a full sized power supply from the back, shorter front to rear inside the case), then there's TFX and so forth.

If you could take a picture and post it somewhere of the exact power supply you have, I could make a recommendation.

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December 18, 2004 2:04:30 PM

FOR CRASHMAN...

Thanks for your reply to my question. About the picture you requested I can only send it to you via e mail or otherwise U can look at it right here

http://www.pcpowercooling.com/products/power_supplies/u...

And I think U R right..my so called MICRO ATX after measurements is only smaller by fractions of inches..but even in that case, my DELL computer provides a special SLEVE where you slide the power supply IN to put it in the proper position and that SLEVE has no room for anything bigger.
Thanks.
December 18, 2004 2:09:36 PM

FOR BOOSNNOODLE:
Thanks for the site you sugest and U R right that is the same PSU my DELL uses but I can not believe that their price is almost twice the price DELL wants to charge me for a new one. And DELL price is really way too high for an older computer like this.

I am looking for a reputable brand similar to FORTRON with specs in size very close to my PSU si I can avoid buying a superexpensive PSU. Thanks
December 18, 2004 2:34:34 PM

CRASHMAN...this is the power supply I will like to purchase.


http://www.newegg.com/app/Showimage.asp?image=17-104-98...

The critical dimension in this ATX PSU to fit in the aseembly sleeve of my computer is the width (the one that goes from the label side you see to the other side) and it seem's to be the same width. Only 39 dollars versus 99 dollars if I buy it from the previous site whose link I sent you before.
December 18, 2004 6:39:08 PM

<A HREF="http://www.pcpowercooling.com/products/power_supplies/u..." target="_new">Link</A>
<A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/Showimage.asp?image=17-104-98..." target="_new">Link</A>

That's a full sized power supply. Most Dell Micro ATX cases did use the full-sized power supplies. As for the brand you're looking at:
1.) I don't see Fortron Source on the label
2.) The thing doesn't have an FSP model number
3.) I don't trust it to have anywhere near the quality of a real Forton Source (or the Sparkle Power version).

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December 18, 2004 7:39:55 PM

CRASHMAN..U R right..no FSP on the label.
My next choice then will be a Sparkle Power and I send you the link for you to see the unit and specs.

One critical question: as long as the power supply fits correctly in the assembly sleeve of my computer and it is P4 compliant (I have a P4 1400 megs) I should have no problems correct?

I just borrowed a Fortron PSU from a friend (the 400 watts
FSP400-60PFN) and fits perfectly. But it is too expensive.
So I choosed the one below...
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?descripti...

Thanks for your time Crashman...very much appreciated.
December 18, 2004 8:03:31 PM

Some Dell's had part of the back blocked so you would need to make sure your power connector is in the same location (as in, top or bottom of the supply). You've already confirmed a full-sized supply fits in the sleeve, and the one you've chosen from Sparkle Power is a good unit.

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December 18, 2004 8:33:13 PM

Thanks Crashman...U were very helpfull...now all is left is get into action...Thanks again.
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