I've been recently experiencing some problems with my PC (running very very slow) and I'm wondering if it could have something to do with my power supply.
Initially, the computer would randomly shut-down & restart itself. I would get CPU running too hot warnings too. Then my Hard-Drive died...I bought a new hard-drive, formatted, installed XP with few programs and it runs very very slow now.
I'm running ASUS Probe and it only has a problem with my Power Supply output - it says it's running too low (10 point something volts). Could this be the thing that's causing my problems? I've tried malware/spyware killing programs...I've run msconfig and eliminated start-up apps (just launching the ones I need manually), etc etc, and it still runs slow!
Using an ASUS K8V SE Deluxe Motherboard with an AMD 3200 chip...512MB RAM...surely I should be able to surf the net with no problems on this set-up!
That store is just down the street from me...cheaper is better as I'm waiting for the summer to replace my desktop with a C2D (Santa Rosa) laptop. I just need this current PC to perform well. Other info on my set-up:
ASUS K8V SE Deluxe Motherboard - VIA K8T800 chipset, AMD 3200 CPU, 512 MB RAM
They really are pretty quiet, modular so you only run the buses you need, meets *my* minimum of 16a per rail, sleeved, 3 year warranty, Antec.
I don't know how this dealer stocks. On the first skid we had 10 or 12 that got a squeal to them from a leaky cap. Then they would go out in about a month. Antec forward RMA'd, (sent the replacement with a call tag), every one. If you get the noise, you've got one from the first factory run, call them and you have the replacement before the original goes out.
thanks for all your help so far...just wanted to post a pic of my ASUS Probe PSU stats...
Would this be the reason my PC is running slow? How can I tell if my motherboard/CPU is fried and causing the slowdown?
My CPU is running at 41C/105F...
My Motherboard is 34C/93F...
CPU Fan = 2960
PSU Fan = 0 (could this be what's causing the voltage probs?)
Chassis = 2311
If your CPU or Motherboard was fried you wouldn't be able to boot. The best thing to do at the moment would to buy a cheap power supply and see if that solves your problem. 10.5V on the +12V is EXTREMELY (And I can't stress this enough) low. I'm amazed you can run your system at all.
I'll buy a PSU tomorrow morning and install it then.
What do you guys recommend...going cheap to get me through the summer, or just buying a PSU that can handle a PC upgrade later this year (thinking of upgrading to a Intel Core 2 Duo MB/PCU - and running a better graphics card, etc).
If I do go the expensive route, how many watts do you recommend? Would 500/600 be enough? Money IS an object...so spending like $150 is steep for me.
Get the best you can afford. It's hard to justify buying a "better" psu later on down the road if the current one seems to be working fine. But if it is a questionable one it will go out at exactly the wrong time.
Why don't you pick one off his link rather than provide a link to one that won't export to him?
because the one I linked is cheaper AND better quality than an antec smartpower. I'm not sure where you're getting that newegg wouldn't export to him it seems to me he linked an american site (my apologies if I am wrong )
Alright...just got back from the store and I bought a MIOS 500W power supply for $60 bucks. It supplies 25amps on the 12V rail...close enough to your recommendation of 26amps.
ASUS Probe is happy, saying that I'm getting 11.77 V on the +12 rail. My computer is still pretty slow. So here's my thinking...I'm going to upgrade this in about a month. Should I stick with the MIOS PSU or just fork out the extra cash for a better one?
I won't be overclocking...but will be buying a Core2Duo chip and a x1600 Video Card.