Here is my build:
Cooler Master HafX case with ALL fans installed.
ASUS Sabertooth P67
i7 - 2600k Sandybridge (liquid cooled)
16GB PNY 1333MHz (temp until able to upgrade)
Galaxy GeForce GTX 470
Cooler Master 1000W Silent Pro Gold Certified
1 - 500GB 5400rpm 3GB/s
1 - 3TB 7200rpm 6GB/s
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate with major mods to affect looks (Whole system Halo themed)
I used Windows Blinds and other programs from the same creators to do the modding.
Here is my problem:
This computer has been a brilliant gaming/programming rig up until recently. I am not a native Texan (being from California) and so didn't take the lightning storms in the area too seriously. 3 storms later and two power outages my computer has taken some damage. I've done extensive repair work on the OS and my 3TB HDD has lost some of its available space to bad sectors. Nothing I can't fix or handle but my PSU just started chirping of late.
Much like crickets in a quiet room, its been driving me nuts and what little research I've done is not concise enough for me to make the call of whether its dangerous to keep using it or not.
Replacement by manufacturer warranty is out of the question as Cooler Master already gave me the speech about eBay and all.....looking at an Antec for replacing if necessary....help please?
Overkill I'm perfectly fine with.
I started on this build a few years back and have been upgrading it piece by piece ever since.
Being a hardcore enthusiast of gaming, coding, overclocking and pretty much everything computers.....I'm hoping to eventually ramp up to a Rampage IV with the i7 extreme series and a couple high-end vid cards in combo.
Yes I realize that's more power than I will probably ever need but I'm looking to make this my powerhouse beast so I don't mind.
Essentially I'm looking to stay cutting edge so that my programming and gaming ventures don't end up with me overtaxing my rig by accident.
I don't have the cash to be replacing and upgrading every few months (the cooler master only lasted me 4 months! -_- ) but I DO have the cash to invest in a quality product that will last.
I really do see the wisdom in your suggestion and love the price but if you were to go another couple steps up and "invest" what would you be more lenient towards?
As always thanks for the time! Much appreciated. ^_^
I'm currently using a Kill A Watt for my entire rig and, up until I moved to Texas, it worked great. Made it through quite a few hits no problem.
Out here in Texas though they are quite a bit more.....violent...with their electrical problems it seems. lol
Tried looking up a UPS for my system but that's where having 1000W really hits the bank!
$500-600 bucks just to keep my tower protected! O_o .....felt like a gut hit.
If I have to spend it there's no avoiding it....but before I go dishing out more cash....
a) replacement PSU suggestion
b) (since it was brought up) matching UPS suggestion?
Again. Great suggestion and definitely an enticing price....my only concern is would it be able to handle the Rampage IV and i7 extreme series along with two mid-to-high-end cards? I'm no stranger to building my own rigs but I've never gone this high-end before (mainly OC ranges) and want to make sure I don't kill my whole rig due to a lacking PSU. :S
Sorry for all the questions guys but I'm a planner so I tend to analyze a lot.
More specifically, I have a Rampage IV Extreme with a 6 core 3930k and 2 560ti 448s in SLI...all overclocked. Maxxed out I draw 500w from the wall, which means less than 450 from the psu. It all ran great on a Seasonic X-660. I added a 3rd card for distributed computing, and decided to upgrade to a 850w...but it actually ran fine with the 660. Buy quality over quantity. These things are really designed to run for long periods at their rated power (or at least 90%).