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View Poll Results: So, how bad is the computer?
You shouldn't have too much of a problem running current or new programs 14 93.33%
It's pretty out of date and you might start to run into problems running new games/programs. 1 6.67%
It's out of date now... time to build a new one! 0 0%
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Old 11-29-2004, 09:22 AM   #11
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and now for the brand...




It'* an eMachine!

Funny that a lot of people say they're junk.. but if you actually look at what their higher models are made of, they're quality parts for the most part.
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Old 11-29-2004, 09:58 AM   #12
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Your Nvidia doesn't have a second power hookup does it?

The Nvidia requires a harddrive power cable to work.. I haven't gotten it yet but I'll install it later this week. I don't have any extra power cables either so I'll have to use a Y-Split.. I just hope I have enough power to do it. :(
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You'll have a loss of performance until you plug that in. Try it with your PSU first, but a good PSU will probably be necessary in the long run.
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Old 11-29-2004, 02:37 PM   #14
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my power supply is 400wts and i got it at tigerdirect for 40 dollars


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Old 11-29-2004, 05:53 PM   #15
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It'* an eMachine!

Funny that a lot of people say they're junk.. but if you actually look at what their higher models are made of, they're quality parts for the most part.
*Cringe*

Generally speaking, the weak link in an eMachine is --wait for it-- the PSU. Catch is, you can't just go out and install any ol' one you find at Best Buy. They're proprietary. If you want guaranteed compatibility, you'll have to go for another, just-as-crappy eMachines PSU.

My uncle'* eMachine likes to restart or shut down in the middle of use, no surprise



Apparently, wattage isn't much of the issue with PSU'*. My brother, the bigger expert on this stuff (I just spit out what I know... not that much), is a serious advocate of stable amperage as opposed to maximum watts. If you can fit any PSU in there, yeah, go with a nice Antec, mine is 430W IIRC, and the amperage and such are good.
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My son had an e-machine. The only problem we ran across was with expansion. There were no extra drive bays or anything. We actually had to build a rack inside to add an extra hard drive.

Other than that, it was well worth the money. In other words, it was a good, cheap name brand computer. Much better than the other name brands at the same price level.
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My secondary PC is an eMachines.. nothing wrong with it, 'cept the Power Supply makes weird noises when off [like high pitched], and when it'* on, it will make a lower pitched noise.


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My secondary PC is an eMachines.. nothing wrong with it, 'cept the Power Supply makes weird noises when off [like high pitched], and when it'* on, it will make a lower pitched noise.


-justin
That'* a bad capacitor in it, or a not good one atleast. Many Dell bricks for laptops got caps from a 1 billion count defective batch a plant in china produced in 2002. Some of those bricks are LOUD.

The only real non standard parts of pre built PC'* are the PSU, mobo (mobo power connector is usually why). Some cases are liming but most all accept ATX style boards.

If you wanna spend less then $1k on a computer there are great deals out there.
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luckily eMachines makes an 'upgrade' 350 watt power supply that is directly swapable according to their site and it'* only $59. Might have to get that and some RAM I guess.
http://parts.emachines.com/emachines...oduct_id=69082
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That'* a bad capacitor in it, or a not good one atleast. Many Dell bricks for laptops got caps from a 1 billion count defective batch a plant in china produced in 2002. Some of those bricks are LOUD.
Is it safe for me to replace one? Because, the PSU works just fine.. it'* just annoying [and the system isn't worth buying a new PSU].


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