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a b ) Power supply
November 16, 2010 12:52:29 AM

I need to buy TWO power supplies. Here are some details:

1) I built an office computer for my in-laws a couple months ago. It's a Core i5 / H55 setup using the integrated graphics. Two hard drives, and a DVD/CD drive. Nothing fancy at all. This computer is used strictly for office communications (email, Word, etc).

I had used an old Antec True Power 2.0 480W PSU. However, it's now about 6 years old. Two nights ago my mother-in-law said she smelled something burning a couple minutes after turning on the PC. She found the PC turned off, and it would not turn on. So she unplugged it.

After opening up the PC (which is a full tower with plenty of cooling, is very clean inside) I indeed smelled the burnt electrical smell. Close visual examination shows no scorching or melting anywhere inside. I removed the PSU (which I assumed would be the culprit) and it definitely smells like it burnt. Being well beyond warranty, I broke it open and honestly saw no visible damage inside.

2) My wife's system using the EXACT same power supply. So obviously I'm just waiting for it to potentially go next. It's time to replace that one. Her system doesn't need anything massive, but I'd like to do a 600W PSU for her because she does play an occasional game with my old GTX 260 (admittedly pushing her PSU to its limit). Her system runs a Q6600 @ 3.2Ghz and the GTX 260.

SO, I need to order two power supplies. The office system needs a quality power supply, but nothing massive. My wife's system, I want something with good output, and of course good quality. :)  I've always been an Antec fan, but I'm open to whatever options will save me some cash!

Any suggestions? I know some brands are made by other manufacturers so it's not always cut and dry.

For example, there's a Raidmax 600W psu really cheap right now. Though it's probably cheaply made, eh?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a c 165 ) Power supply
November 16, 2010 1:02:07 AM

more power then your inlaws will ever need. 20+4 power connector. 4 & 8 CPU power connectors. its a good price after the mail in rebate.

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


more then enough power for your wife's PC and can power just about any future single video card upgrade.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

P.S. the antec EW 380 was on sale for $25 this weekend. sadly the sale ended and its back up to its original price.
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a b ) Power supply
November 16, 2010 1:08:11 AM

Thanks for the reply ct1615. I hoped someone like you would come along. :) 

I'm hesitant to get to little of a PSU for my wife's system, simply because some day when my next upgrade comes along she'll probably be using my GTX 470 as a hand me down. So I'd like to make sure we buy her one PSU, rather than a couple over the next while. :) 
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a c 165 ) Power supply
November 16, 2010 1:15:38 AM

here's another option for your in laws
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

a bit more power for your wife. $80 after the instant rebate. $60 after the mail in rebate. 52a on the 12v, more then enough for the GTX 480.

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

the GTX 470 will run fine on the seasonic 520w FYI
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a b ) Power supply
November 16, 2010 1:25:18 AM

The Corsair 650W is $89.99 -$10.00 coupon code = $79.99 - $20MIR = $59.99
Going to go that route for my wife's PC as ultimately it's a pretty good deal when said and done. And I'd prefer to have more PSU than I need so it works for longer with upgrades.

Doing the 400W Corsair for my in-laws. :) 

Thanks again for helping me locate these deals. Had not seen them myself.
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a b ) Power supply
November 16, 2010 1:42:42 AM

Best answer selected by jerreece.
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a b ) Power supply
November 16, 2010 2:03:10 AM

Well how old is the one in your wife's pc? You could rma it if its still in warranty .these was a known issue with the old true power's and smart power's
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November 16, 2010 2:04:50 AM

Both are about 6 years old. :) 
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a b ) Power supply
November 16, 2010 5:06:30 AM

Just too long gone too bad
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November 16, 2010 5:47:25 AM

Just too long gone too bad
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November 16, 2010 5:48:58 AM

Just too long gone too bad
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