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Antec Neo Eco 400c Sufficient?

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July 29, 2010 7:30:50 PM

I recently had the unfortunate experience of putting out the flames coming off my video card. Now I need a new power supply for my computer. I saw the Antec Neo Eco 400c for sale at Newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and saw that it has less wattage than my previous power supply, but seemingly better stats, including 80 plus certification and 30A on the 12V.

I'm not confident I know what that means. Will this power supply be sufficient to power this system?

Dual Core E6600 cpu
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 motherboard
4 X 2GB DDR 800 memory
2 X 750 GB Hard Drives
Blue-Ray internal player
DVD burner

and a Nvidia 8800 video card which I plan to upgrade to an unburnt best I can get for $150 video card in the future.

Thanks very much for any help.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
July 29, 2010 8:08:02 PM

the antec will work well with something like the ATI 5770 ($50-160)
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July 29, 2010 9:01:28 PM

Now that I look, my previous power supply was also an Antec, the EA-500 Earth thing, 500 W with a dual 12V , 17A on each rail. Did this thing blow because I was using too much power with the above setup or was it just its time to go after 2 and a half years?
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a c 164 ) Power supply
a c 235 U Graphics card
July 29, 2010 9:11:21 PM

it had plenty of your power for your PC above, guess it was time for it to go.
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July 29, 2010 9:18:00 PM

So you think I am ok with the Antec 400c with the present setup and could upgrade the video eventually to a ATI 5770?

thanks for your help.
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a c 164 ) Power supply
a c 235 U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 1:27:28 AM

yeah, you will be fine.
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August 1, 2010 2:06:42 PM

morganja said:
Now that I look, my previous power supply was also an Antec, the EA-500 Earth thing, 500 W with a dual 12V , 17A on each rail. Did this thing blow because I was using too much power with the above setup or was it just its time to go after 2 and a half years?


I would say that your video card catching on fire had a very good hand in ruining your power supply.
Try to download HWmonitor: http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html
and keep an eye on video card temperatures from now on.
Add in a case fan or two if needed also.
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August 6, 2010 2:52:56 AM

Actually my video card is working fine post-flame. I just put in the Antec and so far so good. I'll give it a couple of days and see what happens.
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August 6, 2010 3:40:04 AM

Those G92 chips (your video card) are notorious for defective solder inside of them, leading to shorts inside, and then overheating, and ultimately destruction.
That is why I recommend keeping an eye on the temperature of your GPU if you still trust it.
The flames might have come from some plastic on the card or something, but in any case, something got it way too hot.
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