Hi, I am having troubles with every PSU I've bought, the first one was a Generic 500W (not real) PSU that lasted for a year, when Iw as playing Crysis it burned...
Then I bought another one, it was a 600W Generic (not real) PSU. I was surfing the internet when the computer went off by itself and then I figured out that the PSU wasnt burned but woulnt give power to the motherboard.. So I changed for antoher one.
That next one was the same as the last one, a 600W generic. It lasted 2 months, While I was playing COD 4 yesterday with settings on max, the psu started to show sparkles of electricity and it went off, then it smelled like burned..
I had problems with this last psu before it burned because everytime I was playing a game like Crysis, Assassins Creed, or COD 4 MY PSU SMELLED LIKE BURNT , this didnt happened while surfing the web, it just happens when Im gaming.
Now I dont know what to do, I dont know if the problems Im having are related to the quality of the PSU, maybe I should buy a good one like a Thermaltake 750W toughpower. But I'm afraid I could burn that one too...
Can you guys help me decide here?? I really need help, I dont want to be burning more PSU's....
My system Specs:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
MSI K9N Neo Motherboard
2x 1Gb DDR2 Kingston 5200 at 667Mhz
EVGA Nvidia Geforce 8800GTS 320Mb
Thermaltake MATRIX VX. 2 Thermaltake Fans/Front and Rear, Dust Suction on Front.
Check this out: http://corsair.com/cinema/movie.aspx?id=622747
That will help to understand why NOT to buy cheap generic PSU's.
Good 450W like Corsair VX450 will do for You. But to leave a bit of headroom I would recommend 500W or more good quality PSU like radnor's recommended VX550
dual, triple, quad rails was just a marketing trick. Most of them still had one rail split in several current flows with a current limiter on each flow. And many did not have even that. What You want is a one huge rail. for example if You have two rails of 17A and cpu use 8A on one rail and video card 15A + other peripherials (5A) on second rail hten You run out off puff on second rail. If however You have one railwith the same combined current of 34A You are fine - 8+15+5=28. It is better to look for single rail. But don't worry too much as I said most that are advertised as multi rail actually are single rail anyway. Just a marketing trick to make people buy them.
i had the BFG Tech 550W PSU(mine was the GS series) but i upgraded my PC so i had to get a Ultra LSP 750 watt. the BFG is a nice unit. 135mm fan that sucked air from inside your box and out the back of it. really nice finish on it. sorta chrome-ish or a gun metal chrome finish.
you prolly don't want to hear what the finish is like. i was powering a P4 3.0 OC'd to 3.4; 2 gigs ram OC'd; 3 - 160GB SATA HD's and a 7800GS agp gfx card oh and 1 intake and 2 exhaust fans. the card alone req. 400 watts and i got a 15% deal on the psu.
i don't too much about output of the power as i dont know what a 12 volt rail is(i know what a 12 volt battery is ) but for the money and a Life-Time warranty you cant go wrong. But if your willing to spend the extra $$ to get the other unit - get it.
I actually almost bought a Corsair psu(750 watts) similar to the one u linked but i got the Ultra instead. it was like $60 cheaper than the Corsair and the Ultra has a 135mm fan on it(which i like), like the BFG and sleeved cables. the Corsair didnt.
BFG - $85 - Best Buy
Ultra - $106.99 - CompUSA in store
Corsair - $160.50 - CompUSA in store
really the only reason i didn't get the Corsair is because I only brought $160 cash, so i had to get the Ultra and it was the last one left. so i got lucky