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I was browsing the web and all of a sudden the computer just shut off. No beeping like it's overheating. I couldn't turn it back on for at least 10 min. I didn't let it boot up fearing that it might crash again. I've ran the computer hard before with games and heat wasn't a issue. There's a burnt electrical smell, but I couldn't see any dark spots around the CPU. I'm thinking it might be the power supply. It's 430W so it might be straining for the power hungry graphic card.

Should I boot it up again and see it if can get into Windows? Should i just go ahead and replace the power supply?
 

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Fjamming said:
Should i just go ahead and replace the power supply?
Makes sense. Unplug everything and dust the computer inside including the power supply. Dust retains heat liek an insulator but you probably have to change the power supply soon. Good luck.
 

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I've got a 700W OCZ lined up. I'm not overclocking-much ;D. I think the 8800GT graphic card was probably making it hard on the PSU. I hope so at least.
 

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The problem is that it is not a Dell OptiPlex computer with a 3 year Next Business Day warranty, you're still running Windows XP and you are overclocking it.

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The problem is that it is not a Dell OptiPlex computer with a 3 year Next Business Day warranty, you're still running Windows XP and you are overclocking it.

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There is the post I was waiting for. Piper knows his shizznit.
 

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The problem is that it is not a Dell OptiPlex computer with a 3 year Next Business Day warranty, you're still running Windows XP and you are overclocking it.

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whack optiplexes, precision workstations are where it's at. ;)
 

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Power supply for sure. Have lots of experience with that happening at my office. One of the old employees had his buddy do all the comp work and when I was first hire here all the computers were home made with the cheapest parts you could find and when ever we got a new computer from this guy the power supply would go out in the first week. I finally got the boss to get rid of the guy and buy some dells after 2.5-3 years been great since.
 

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I still believe in home made clones although it's more expensive to build a good system unlike before.

Remember the word 'clone'???

But yes, x2 for Dell in the workplace.
 

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After the system was put together, I ran several burn in/torture tests and it's been stable. The CPU was mildly overclocked but is stable (24 hour torture test). The case has 2 intake fan, 1 HD fan, 1 dedicated graphic card fan, and a large 120mm exhaust fan. Cooling shouldn't be an issue. I have a Dell laptop that's been pretty much flawless so far. It's nice, but it's a dog-when compared to other similarly priced laptops. I know you're talking about about optiplex, you're talking about peace of mind. I guess that works well in a business situation, but I'm fine about upgrading ever 2 years. Just gives me an excuse. :)
 

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I still believe in home made clones although it's more expensive to build a good system unlike before.

Remember the word 'clone'???

But yes, x2 for Dell in the workplace.
My home comp I built, well actually my buddy did, back when we were room mates I would bring my parts home and plan to work on it after work. After get home from work and he had already put the parts in. lol

Definitely cheaper to buy a machine then build it now a days.



Tony did you get a new PS yet?
 

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I got the OCZ 700W Gamer Extreme. It's a HD PSU with very strong 12V rail. Looks extremely well made and had great reviews on Newegg. Computer is back up and looks great. This PSU will be enough even if I want to SLI another 8800GTS.
 

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Very cool Tony, sounds like a nice one.
 

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I have been building computers and networks for small businesses since I was in the 9th grade (23 years). I currently have 18 computers running in my home network including a Windows Small Susiness Server 2003 Premium server and a Home Seer 2.0 home automation server. I have over 3 TeraBytes of available drive space and can control/monitor anything (lights, outlets, HVAC, weather station, sprinklers, video cams, ham radio, phones, etc...) in my house while no-one is home. Most of my PC's are home brew but I do have a few Dell's. What does all of this mean? Basically, I just increased my post count by one. Thanks for playing and I'm glad to hear you fixed this problem Tony. :)
 

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Piper should buy stock in Edison. Did you notice any helicopter with infrared camera circling your house? With the electricity, I'm sure something was thinking that you're growing marijuana. ;D

Yes, it is indeed nice to be back on the main computer! Now back to Guild Wars. :)
 
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