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POP Goes the weasel...I mean power supply

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January 14, 2011 11:33:54 PM

I have this:

It was replaced once already, from the 600w version, it popped and OCZ sent me the one I have linked above. Today it popped about an hour ago, luckily I have a very old computer sitting on the sidelines that I can use, but can't play games on this machine.

In any rate, I don't know if it's still under warranty, but thinking of changing brands so warranty or not, I'll have to buy a new one.

What would you suggest?

I'm planning on upgrading the major components of my computer as well. With help in the motherboard forums, this is the system they suggested:
Phenom II X4 955
G.SKILL Ripjaws

Video Card that I already own:

What PSU would you recommend for the above? I'm looking for a good PSU that won't crap out on me after a year.

January 15, 2011 12:26:15 AM

The first one popped within the first month or so (don't remember exactly). This one I had since the replacement, and it's been quite a awhile, but less than a year since it was replaced.

On a side note: ever since I got either of these PSUs, my computer had taken anywhere from 30-60 seconds to reach the POST test, once it reached that, it ran fine.
January 15, 2011 2:14:12 AM

Was thinking about it since I made the last post. I bought the original PSU in Dec of 09, installed it around Feb-Mar of '10, and it popped about 30 days after that. I got the replacement installed around May (OCZ RMA process seems a little long plus they had problems with their ticket system). and it just popped tonight, so it did have a long run between them.

What may have caused it to happen? Should I get another surge protector?
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January 15, 2011 7:13:49 AM

Trying to find any of those on but not able to, could you assist me?

I don't have a big electronics store near me. If not newegg, where would you recommend?

A co-worker thought this might be important to help pick one: I live in an apartment building that has 12 units.

one side of the building has 6 other side has 6...

Side 1
4 5 6
1 2 3

Side 2
10 11 12
7 8 9

I'm in the first floor in the middle.
January 15, 2011 5:24:51 PM

HMMMMM, Given that you live in an apartment building there is not a lot that you can do about the power lines, AND if you have fuses rather than resettable breakers, maybe, just maybe you might consider moving ,,,, :(  ,, or getting a Universal Power Supply [UPS]...You could try benching your mobo on the chance that perhaps there is a short that cannot be seen in situ as it were...:) 
January 15, 2011 6:18:16 PM

Is it possible that it is just the PSU? Only reason I ask is because of the delay when starting up the computer when it worked and because the computer I'm on now, never had a problem in the same apartment and I used it here for 1.5 years before getting the new system.

That being said, to be on safe side, what would you recommend I get in terms of surge protector or UPS (I thought they were called Uninteruptable Power Supply) to protect my computer once I get the PSU changed.