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Old 02-10-2004, 07:06 PM   #1
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Sunday night I told my comupter to shut down, as it was doing so, there was a blue flash, a loud pop, a burnt electronic smell, and a little smoke, then nothing, obviously no power. It all came from the PSU, seems like a fuse blew inside. It was a 550w off-brand and only like four months old.
I was in a pinch for a new one, so I went to best buy and got a 400w Antec (biggest they had). It'* nice and quiet, something the other was not. It was more expensive than I could have got it for on the internet, but it came with a 3 year warranty.

Should do the job, right?
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You let the smoke out. Now it'* magic is gone.
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Depends on your CPU....but 400W is not bad. As long as your system is running OK you shouldn't have any issues.
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Athlon XP 2100, 512mb ddr, two HDD'*, CD-ROM, burner, case fan, Coolermaster Jet7, AGP vid card, wireless card.

Seems to be running fine.
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You'll be more then fine. 400w is still overkill.
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You'll be more then fine. 400w is still overkill.
I saw an online power calculator that suggested I use a 300w minimum, that would take care of everything running at once.
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Having W is nice, but my brother keeps saying that it'* the consistent amperage that matters... My 430W Antec should be able to outperform a 550W no-name brand, due to the consistent and reliable amperage...

- I'm still waiting for my Radeon 9700 to come back from RMA, the fan failed... AthlonXP2500+, 512MB Corsair DDR RAM with the LED'*, lotsa case fans, the works... limping on 16MB ATi Rage 128 PCI graphics for now
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My computer here at work let it'* magic smoke out the other day. Kinda funny. people still talk about it.

The techs said it was due to dust and overheating. I woulda bet on the snow melting off of my shoes since I use the CPU as a foot rest.
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