Please tell me I'm OK

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by jthoov, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. jthoov

    jthoov Member Guru

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    Hey!

    So my PSU on the left suddenly died on me last night. I was really disappointed since it got good reviews and was working great for a month. I still have no clue why it just died out so I sent it in for repairs but the response time is 6-8 weeks... wow... WOW~!

    So I made a choice out of desperation while at the store and only had $130 CDN on me at the time and asked for a recommendation and the hardware guy told me to buy this

    http://www.pcpower.com/products/description/Silencer_500_Dell/index.html

    The PC Power & Cooling Dell 500
    After Canadian taxes, it cost me a total of $102 CDN.

    Well it is powering up my computer right now but my main concern is that the NVIDIA site said that 525W was recommended for powering up my GTX 260 216.

    But the hardware guy at the store said that it is because many companies lie about their wattage and some products in general just suck. He said that the power supply I got from PC&C is actually good since it is made by one of the better power supply makers.

    I don't know about all this stuff but am I safe with this PSU? It really is just a temporary replacement and backup but I hope I made a good choice.

    Thank you!!

    *I also have 4 USBs connected, mouse, keyboard, web cam, printer usb*

    Also, does anyone have any idea of why my PSU would just suddenly die?
    My case/temp is fine since all my other hardware is cool as a cucumber, I mean my apartment in general is really cool and it is winter time. And I haven't played around with any hardware/software.

    ... Did I just get unlucky with a faulty PSU?
     
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  2. sykozis

    sykozis Ancient Guru

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  3. Makalu

    Makalu Ancient Guru

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    yeah it's safe...not a very good PSU but adequate. Sucks about your new Enermax. Are you using a UPS there?
     
  4. jthoov

    jthoov Member Guru

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    Yeaa

    Thanks for the replies!

    I had the option of buying some other power supplies for the same price that were 600-700W but the hardware guy was telling me that their efficiency was not as good and therefore were really only pumping at 400-500W.

    Anyway, thanks! It's working well so far =]
     

  5. Makalu

    Makalu Ancient Guru

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    well like most salesmen he doesn't know what he's talking about...efficiency doesn't work that way. Efficiency determines the amount of AC power needed to generate the 600w or 700w or whatever DC load...it doesn't decrease the output capacity
     
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    jthoov Member Guru

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  7. Makalu

    Makalu Ancient Guru

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    erm yeah ok...nothing to do with efficiency there. The Silencer is a good budget unit and the Ultra is just a budget unit. But the Ultra is also actually a smaller power supply in real world use. It's 12V rating is only 36W more than the Silencer 500 but if the Ultra was rated at 40°C like the Silencer that 12V rating would be even less. So I'd expect to pay less for the Ultra.
     
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    you are OK
     

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