and the psu on it is terrrible, from what i understand, so im going to buy a replacement psu for it immediately.
I need to know how much wattage i should shoot for. Im not planning on upgrading any time soon, so i just need it to power that computer, along with say, 3 usb slots.
the one it comes with is a 500W, but with it being so terrible, who knows if the problems its having are because its not pumping out 500W, or maybe 500W isnt enough? i dont have enough experience and knowledge to use a wattage calculator... i feel like it is hieroglyphs.
so my second question, after 'what kind of power supply do i need?' is, are there any places where i can score a qualifying one for less than 45 bucks, shipped? i found a 500W one on newegg for 30 bucks, shipped: ... i cant find it at the moment, but it was a corsair 500W, originally 50 something bucks with a instant 10 dollar price reduc, then another 10$ mail in rebate. if i get some responses, ill search for it.
also, what is the danger in booting it up for the week or so ill have the computer without the new PSU? should i just hold off until i get the new one inside it?
That will likely be this POS from Apevia: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Based on an old PSU design. It doesn't have Active PFC so you have to flip the red switch in the rear when shifting between 120/220V. The PSU rating is a maximum rating instead of a continuous output. Low-quality PSUs use that to be able to dishonestly jack up their prices...the PSU will put that power out for a short period of time before it actually shuts down if you're lucky. If you're not lucky then you get sparks and hope you didn't kill PC parts. It should be good for short term usage but getting a good quality PSU is definitely the right thing to do.
oh my! yeah, thats what i was thinking... i dont know if i wanna risk it :\ it would just be for a couple days... but this computer is going to be my baby... my first desktop computer. bought a 1600$ dell xps m1530 with an 8400m gs card like, 5 years ago, and i used and abused that sucker, but i learned how to replace the motherboard, and did so several times, and took it apart so many times to replace things. It really sparked my interest in the physical aspect of a computer... so i decided to get a desktop that i can upgrade and whatnot and make it my own when the laptop died.