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January 15, 2010 3:42:59 PM

I just got the parts in for my new computer but it seems like the power supply is busted (hooked it up to my computer, plugged it in and when I turned it on it didn't even start up so I doubt it's the connections or anything). While I wait for it to get replaced I was wondering if a 500w antec power supply would be enough to power this. (I have an extra one laying around)

Here's my build:

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
VC: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks!

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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
January 15, 2010 4:07:42 PM

EDIT: Didn't see it was a troubleshooting question...

Did you try everything in the "Read Before Posting about Boot Questions" sticky? Does anything happen when you try turning it on?

I'd bet something isn't connected rather than the PSU being defective.

A 500W PSU will have no trouble powering this build.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 15, 2010 4:14:59 PM

If a new build won't even start up at all, there actually IS a pretty good chance something's not connected right. Could be anything from a power cable, to the on/off switch being connected to the motherboard wrong.

I mean, it could also be that your power supply was completely DOA, but that's kind of rare.

And yes, 500W ought to be fine for that setup in the meantime.
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January 15, 2010 4:50:40 PM

Thanks for the replies.

As far as the PSU goes, the connections seem fine, it's connected to the MB correctly, plugged into a working outlet. When I flip the PSU on it doesn't even start up, nothing happens. Even if the connections were wrong or whatever on the MB wouldn't the PSU start up still?
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
January 15, 2010 4:59:54 PM

By not starting up, do you mean the fan doesn't spin? What about any lights on the board?

If nothing happens, the PSU is definitely DOA, but that doesn't mean its your only problem...but you wouldn't know that until the PSU was working.

I'd suggest poping in the other unit and seeing what happens.
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January 15, 2010 5:02:09 PM

yeah the psu doesn't start up, no lights come on, fans don't even move etc. seems like it's probably DOA

but yeah guess i'll have to try the other PSU for troubleshooting purposes
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 15, 2010 6:18:48 PM

duddits said:
Thanks for the replies.

As far as the PSU goes, the connections seem fine, it's connected to the MB correctly, plugged into a working outlet. When I flip the PSU on it doesn't even start up, nothing happens. Even if the connections were wrong or whatever on the MB wouldn't the PSU start up still?


Wait, do you mean when you flip the switch ON THE BACK OF THE PSU ITSELF, nothing happens? Or when you press the power button on the front of the case, nothing happens? Don't mean to accuse you of anything dumb, but just couldn't tell from the way the post was written.

Anyway, if it's the first one, that's normal. On any power supply I've ever heard of, the switch on the back is just the same idea as the on/off switch on a power strip, and nothing is supposed to start up by messing with that switch. Turning it on just means everything is "plugged in", and it stays off unless you start the system up.

If it's the second problem (PSU switched on but system won't start when you press the front case on/off button), my guess would be the connectors for the front on/off switch are not hooked up correctly to the motherboard headers. It could also mean some connector is not plugged in to the motherboard, but you said you've already checked that.
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January 15, 2010 8:43:36 PM

sorry i worded that poorly, i double checked all connections and tried the power button on the front and nothing happened

anyways second power supply worked so i guess it was doa
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 15, 2010 9:54:40 PM

Wow. That's pretty terrible luck. But good luck that you got it to work with a spare part that you already had! :)  I guess that just happens once in a while.
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January 16, 2010 2:35:41 AM

The poster that mentioned the switch on the back of the power supply. It's easy to trip it if you're not careful. There are 2 marks on it. One is a straight line and the other is an "O". The straight line needs to be pushed in for the power supply to provide power to the board. Did you try flipping the switch and then hitting the start button ? Kind of odd the new power supply being bad.... extremely rare........
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