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February 8, 2013 5:09:03 AM

I recently purchased this...
SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

After doing so, anytime my PC has been off for a long time (or the first time I used it) it tends to trip the breaker for the outlet used. Also, since the first trip, it seems to of really messed up a RAM module since after that day, random programs tend to lock my whole system up when I try to access them.

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a c 716 ) Power supply
February 8, 2013 6:16:24 AM

Sounds like you have a faulty PSU. It should not trip any breakers.
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February 8, 2013 6:30:55 AM

try running it from a different outlet, just to rule that out. Maybe the outlet is not grounded properly or something. Are you using a new power cable, or an old one?
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February 8, 2013 7:04:08 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
try running it from a different outlet, just to rule that out. Maybe the outlet is not grounded properly or something. Are you using a new power cable, or an old one?


I've used multiple ones. The PSU could be faulty. I order it from Newegg. Thing is, ever since the original power failure, I've had multiple programs cause a system crash. Which leads me to believe it may have short out a RAM module.
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February 8, 2013 7:17:08 AM

If its tripping a circuit breaker there is something wrong with the PSU, there is no reason it should ever be tripping a breaker when in good normal working conditions
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February 8, 2013 8:23:38 AM

I guess I'll swap out my PSU for my stock one. Not sure if I should refund or replace.
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a c 716 ) Power supply
February 8, 2013 8:27:40 AM

Replace, what we are talking about here one customer being very unlucky and getting a faulty quality unit.
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February 8, 2013 8:34:56 AM

rolli59 said:
Replace, what we are talking about here one customer being very unlucky and getting a faulty quality unit.


Yea. The only reason I did it is because I had/have a Raidmax stock PSU that came with the case. I heard keeping stocks around is bad and it's best to replace ASAP. Only to find out this PSU is causing me issues. I'm assuming my RAM did get corrupt via the short out from the PSU?
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a c 716 ) Power supply
February 8, 2013 8:41:26 AM

Possibly from a short turn on and turn off spike. If your Raidmax works run memtest on the ram, it is actually more likely to be a motherboard issue than ram issue if it was caused by the PSU.
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February 8, 2013 9:02:30 AM

I've already put in for more RAM. The issues is this...

First Steam would crash my PC anytime I started it. Only way to fix it was literally delete every trace of it and reinstall.
Then it happened with Firefox. Then it happened with Thunderbird. All of which had to be hard uninstalled and reinstalled or else opening the program would cause my system to become highly unstable and slowly crash.
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February 8, 2013 10:51:36 AM

Any reason why this happens?
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a b ) Power supply
February 8, 2013 10:53:25 AM

get a non-faulty psu in there and see if these faults still appear.
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February 8, 2013 11:11:07 AM

13thmonkey said:
get a non-faulty psu in there and see if these faults still appear.


They did, even with the stock PSU.
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February 9, 2013 4:49:36 AM

Any final answers?
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a b ) Power supply
February 9, 2013 8:44:23 AM

i'd suggest your windows installation is corrupt probably as a result of bad psu. get a good psu in there, reinstall windows.

the memory if it was damaged would be behaving differently and you'd be regularly crashing prior to boot
if the hdd was damaged it would also be failing prior to boot
if the cpu/mobo was damaged same story
if the gpu was damaged, it'd start with no image or a corrupted image typically

so assume that everything works and that the software is broken.
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February 25, 2013 11:46:23 AM

So, what 13th said seemed to be right. I did a fresh install about two weeks ago, everything seems to run fine now.

I sent the PSU back to be replaced. Before I select the best answer...


Do you guys really think it was just the case of me getting a faulty PSU or is that PSU just bad in general? Is it possible a PSU won't match with certain MBs?
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February 25, 2013 1:18:41 PM

Seasonic are one of the best , you just got unlucky and got a bad one . I use Seasonic and Antec , have never gotten a bad one yet . Luck of the draw
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a b ) Power supply
February 25, 2013 4:22:01 PM

very very rarely hear a bad word about seasonic. you got unlucky
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February 27, 2013 7:43:48 PM

Well. I was about to mark someone as answered, only to find out... it was crashing again. But, this time, I noticed something.


During the install, I accidentally installed the OS to the wrong drive. But, I really didn't feel like fixing it, so left it like that.

Well, everything ran smooth for a few weeks until last night. That's when Firefox froze followed by the dreaded "Windows has stopped responding." box. I was like, "Great, I have to do ANOTHER install."

But, that's when I noticed something funny. I could open just about every single program with no problem at all. The only thing I couldn't open were programs on my original boot drive when the crashing first happened. That's why I opened My Computer only to see Windows was no longer showing me statistics for that drive. When I clicked to open, it just ended up running into an endless loop trying to read it.

That's when I decided my drive is dead. Unplugged it last night, so far everything is working just fine.


The thing is, did the PSU kill my drive, or was it just a freak chance it happened to begin failing at the time?
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February 27, 2013 7:44:52 PM

Well. I was about to mark someone as answered, only to find out... it was crashing again. But, this time, I noticed something.


During the install, I accidentally installed the OS to the wrong drive. But, I really didn't feel like fixing it, so left it like that.

Well, everything ran smooth for a few weeks until last night. That's when Firefox froze followed by the dreaded "Windows has stopped responding." box. I was like, "Great, I have to do ANOTHER install."

But, that's when I noticed something funny. I could open just about every single program with no problem at all. The only thing I couldn't open were programs on my original boot drive when the crashing first happened. That's why I opened My Computer only to see Windows was no longer showing me statistics for that drive. When I clicked to open, it just ended up running into an endless loop trying to read it.

That's when I decided my drive is dead. Unplugged it last night, so far everything is working just fine.


The thing is, did the PSU kill my drive, or was it just a freak chance it happened to begin failing at the time?
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March 2, 2013 2:13:43 PM

Best answer selected by Jay9.
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nTurns out it was my main drive dying. Removed it, installed my OS on a different drive, no problems since.
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March 3, 2013 5:54:40 AM

SO... didn't fix it.

My PC was in Standby, went to turn it on his morning, loud clicking noise, PC powered down, everything went off in the room.
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