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August 14, 2009 12:29:15 PM

Hi all,

Recently, I've had to RMA two faulty RAM kits, and so I'm now wondering if there's something in my computer that could be causing problems.

I have had a Hiper TypeR 580watt PSU in my PC for over three years, with 38amps distibruted over two rails. This is powering an E8400, ant a 4870 1GB among other things.

My question is, is it getting about time to replace my power supply? Does the output deteriorate over time; and have my current parts outdated it?

thanks

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a b ) Power supply
August 14, 2009 12:35:57 PM

No. It's no way possible that your psu damaged your ram. The only one that can damage is your motherboard or you if you increase too much the voltage for the ram.
Your psu is a decent one so you should relax.
August 14, 2009 12:45:37 PM

Cool...

The problem seemed to start when I went from 2GB (2 x 1GB) to 4GB (2 x 2GB) of RAM. The 2GB kit had absolutely no errors after a year of use, but the two 4GB kits I've recently bought both had to be RMA'd (the latter, a Corsair Kit, gave out after about a month).

Is it possible I just got unlucky with bad RAM kits?
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August 14, 2009 12:49:57 PM

^ you probably needed to put the voltage on the dimm's higher.
a c 243 ) Power supply
August 14, 2009 12:55:16 PM

benzen69 said:
Hi all,



I have had a Hiper TypeR 580watt PSU in my PC for over three years, with 38amps distibruted over two rails.

The combined output is only 30 amps, it's doesn't have active PFC, and it's less than 80% efficient.
I'd be looking to upgrade it after 3 years.
August 14, 2009 1:09:29 PM

Ok.. If I do get a new one, it would be this:

OCZ ModXStream 780W SLI Ready Modular Power Supply

Thats £59 on overclockers, it seems too cheap to be true, but OCZ are a quality brand
a b ) Power supply
August 14, 2009 1:10:49 PM

For his system, 30A is more than enough and PFC is active. My advice is to keep it. As I said it is a decent psu (was a good psu).
a c 243 ) Power supply
August 14, 2009 1:35:30 PM

hefox said:
For his system, 30A is more than enough and PFC is active. My advice is to keep it. As I said it is a decent psu (was a good psu).

Yes, 30 amps is enough.
No, PFC is not active.
"Further, the unit lacks APFC"
From; http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article/2008/06/26/hiper_...
Yes, it is/was a decent psu , I simply stated that after 3 years of use I would upgrade it.
August 14, 2009 1:42:12 PM

Thanks for your advice guys, just to throw something in.. I am about to switch my 4870 for a GTX 260 216, does that make a difference? What did you guys think of that OCZ 780 watt PSU? I only ask because its dirt cheap and if I was gonna upgrade, it would be to that
a b ) Power supply
August 14, 2009 1:43:48 PM

delluser1 said:
Yes, 30 amps is enough.
No, PFC is not active.
"Further, the unit lacks APFC"
From; http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article/2008/06/26/hiper_...
Yes, it is/was a decent psu , I simply stated that after 3 years of use I would upgrade it.


His one is Type R not M so it has PFC active.
a b ) Power supply
August 14, 2009 1:48:20 PM

benzen69 said:
Thanks for your advice guys, just to throw something in.. I am about to switch my 4870 for a GTX 260 216, does that make a difference? What did you guys think of that OCZ 780 watt PSU? I only ask because its dirt cheap and if I was gonna upgrade, it would be to that


There is no point to change 4870 to 260 GTX.
a c 243 ) Power supply
August 14, 2009 2:04:07 PM

hefox said:
His one is Type R not M so it has PFC active.

My bad for missing that.
The Type-R does however come in either active or non active versions, the US version being non active.
a b ) Power supply
August 14, 2009 2:10:41 PM

1967725,12,132889 said:
My bad for missing that.
The Type-R does however come in either active or non active versions, the US version being non active.[/quotemsg

"Thats £59 on overclockers, it seems too cheap to be true, but OCZ are a quality brand."
I know but he is from UK so PFC is active. :) 
a c 243 ) Power supply
August 14, 2009 2:16:34 PM

That part I caught, it just didn't register in the brain.
August 14, 2009 4:43:30 PM

Thanks for the help people
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