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It's like this. While watching Funday's temporary replacement last night, my PC was working fine one minute, and the next...

Everything shut down at once. Video card, HDD's, Processor and System fans, EVERYTHING.

I did a buttload of Trial and error, and I think I found the culprit: The power supply's fan no longer spins.

I tried taking it apart and blowing the dust out of it (and believe me, there was a TON of dust in there from the 3-4 years it's been installed.)

An hour later, I put it back together. And yet a few minutes later, when I tried opening more than one program at once, nearly overheating my system; instead of stressing itself out, my system was like, "fuckit", and shut down AGAIN, like before, confirming my suspicions.

In short:

I am online to a limited degree until further notice!

So, now, I'm asking for suggestions for a replacement power supply, keeping in mind the following specs:

Bestec model ATX-400, rev. T1

Input: 100-127V/200-240V~, 10A/5A 60/50Hz
Output: 400W max
+12Va =-=-= / 17A +12Vb =-=-= / 10A
+5V =-=-= / 20A -12V =-=-= / 0.8A
+3.3V =-=-= / 15A +5VSB =-=-= 2A

Power Plug Assignments:
P1: 24-pin Master Plug
P2-P6: IDE-compatible 4-Pin (x5)
P7: 4-pin "P4" CPU Plug
P8: 4-pin Floppy Drive Compatible
P9-P10: SATA Compatible 15-pin (x2)

The preceding were the specs of my OLD power supply. I'd guess the replacement should be 500 watts or more, not to mention, support ALL the plugs I mentioned, but I also want said supply to be built by a reputable manufacturer. If you know of any replacements, please respond to this post.

Thank you for your time...

Date: 2009-11-23 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] atkelar.livejournal.com
Processor Fan connector on the power supply? That's the first time I've heard that... The ones I usually use are connected to the mainboard. Apart from that one, I think just about any reputable 500W ATX power supply should meet your needs. Sorry I can't be of more assistance here, but I use European models of curse and don't know what manufacturers are available in the US.

Date: 2009-11-23 02:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jfd62780.livejournal.com
That's okay; I'm just lucky to get ANY reply 10-15 minutes from posting. :D

BTW, what I meant is there's a 2-pin-by-2-pin square connector, which I really don't know what ELSE could be for... And yes, the supply has a built-in fan, separate from the system fan in the back and the processor fan embedded in the heatsink.

Okay, anyone else wanna help? XD

Date: 2009-11-23 04:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jfd62780.livejournal.com
Nevermind, it's the fabled P4 connector, providing the necessary power for the Pentium 4 and later processors...

I mean it; I might still need some suggestions, people! ;D

Date: 2009-11-23 10:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] atkelar.livejournal.com
Right now, I'm using one of those here: http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Category.aspx?C=1247

Can't tell anything about their durability yet, but they look well made and are rather quiet. Just make sure and specified Amp rating is higher than your current power supply's.

Date: 2009-11-23 09:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] c-eagle.livejournal.com
Dude! Try thrift shops!
Any ole relatively good supply from a old thrift shop computer will get you going again in the meantime... and who knows, maybe even longer!... but you can research better ones after you get rolling... or... just go to Fry's (frys.com) .. good lux!

Date: 2009-11-23 05:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jfd62780.livejournal.com
...Did I say I was completely offline? :P

Anyway, I'm on my PS3 in the meantime, and I was able to do enough research to find a potential replacement for about $60. But seeing as I'm on a PS3, with a Linux that needs a USB mouse for navigation, I can't chat on IRC nor send email, so I'm almost out of it, but not quite. ;)

Date: 2009-11-24 01:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spats-bear.livejournal.com
I just bought a Silverstone 500 watt to fix my computer. I'm just hoping it will be a good one, as the OEM is a reputable brand.

But then again, so was Seasonic.....

Date: 2009-11-24 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jfd62780.livejournal.com
Ah, Spats, just the dude I needed to hear from! I have a question right up your alley: In your opinion, do you think Ultra would be a reputable brand? You see, they're the makers of the only potential replacement (http://www.compusa.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3276574&CatId=1079) I had in mind. Please let me know, if you can! :D

Date: 2009-11-24 02:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spats-bear.livejournal.com
Had to research it first... My first time hearing of this brand. Not sure the OEM, but in reviews, I cannot find any problems.

I'd say go for it.

Date: 2009-11-24 02:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jfd62780.livejournal.com
*grins greedily* My sentiments exactly. And incidentally, I'm glad to be living in an area where after all that went on, there is 'still' a CompUSA! :D



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