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Mathesar
05-30-06, 11:19 PM
When making the switch from Intel to AMD I bought an Antec 1050B (http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=61050) case (a little over 6 months ago) which came with an Antec 500W Smartpower PSU, The system has been rock stable ever since I put it together and last night I shutdown my PC like usual, but this morning it wouldn't turn on at all , pressing power did nothing not even the HDDs would spin up , I took the case cover off and noticed the motherboard power light was on so it wasn't 100% dead..

I tried different outlets and left it unplugged all day while i was at work but no go, It was officially dead.. Compusa happen to have the exact same PSU on sale @ $59 , My PC is now back up and running but I was curious if anyone has had this happen before , I thought Antec made good quality PSUs or am I overlooking a potential problem? (Trying to avoid the same thing happening again), My PC is connected to a standard power strip and the "Outlet properly grounded" light is on, would using a UPS help prevent this sort of thing from happening? Thanks.

Acid Rain
05-30-06, 11:46 PM
would using a UPS help prevent this sort of thing from happening? Thanks.Hell yes. I wouldn't dream of plugging my nicer gear into a wall socket or a straight (nearly useless) surge strip.

My buddy runs his gear, everything he owns, on straight wall power or surge strips and his crap never lasts. My stuff, on the other hand, lasts forever (besides my faulty Xbox 360s). I use a few of these (http://www.monstercable.com/power/productPagePower.asp?pin=1219&LastPage=PowerBars) for my gear. They do work, and should last for decades.

I know they call it Home Theatre equipment, but you're gonna want to trust me here.

Alternately, you could make it a whole lot cheaper and still filter most of the fluctuations out with one of these (http://www.monstercable.com/power/productPagePower.asp?pin=1033&LastPage=Computer%20Power). It does stage 1 power filtration at least. Still though, I'd just spring for the nicer one and have better peace of mind.

Mathesar
05-31-06, 06:22 PM
Hell yes. I wouldn't dream of plugging my nicer gear into a wall socket or a straight (nearly useless) surge strip.

My buddy runs his gear, everything he owns, on straight wall power or surge strips and his crap never lasts. My stuff, on the other hand, lasts forever (besides my faulty Xbox 360s). I use a few of these (http://www.monstercable.com/power/productPagePower.asp?pin=1219&LastPage=PowerBars) for my gear. They do work, and should last for decades.

I know they call it Home Theatre equipment, but you're gonna want to trust me here.

Alternately, you could make it a whole lot cheaper and still filter most of the fluctuations out with one of these (http://www.monstercable.com/power/productPagePower.asp?pin=1033&LastPage=Computer%20Power). It does stage 1 power filtration at least. Still though, I'd just spring for the nicer one and have better peace of mind.

Wow Im not sure if I could see myself spending that much on a filtered power strip (Monster) but ill definitely research my options, Thanks for the reply :)

p.s. Ive been lucky with my 360 , I bought it on launch day and so far its been great.

bkswaney
05-31-06, 10:37 PM
I've always had good luck with antec products.

As a matter of fact the new rig I'm building is going to be running
a SLI approved Antec PS. I'm having to spend so much building my
new Conroe setup using a good Antec PS shaves off a good bit of money. :)

TierMann
06-01-06, 12:20 AM
My Antec TPII 480w let out a couple of crackles and died after about 5 months.
It's the same as the TrueBlue without the blue light. It's all luck of the draw with anything really.