Well actually I'm pretty sure I need a new one, here's my problem: My computer started complaining about the cpu not passing a test or something so I loaded up my asus probe software and the 3.3v thingy was at 2.7v which I assume is really bad cause it started beeping a lot. It's happened twice after I've had the computer on for about 2 hours or so.
Here's what I've got:
asus a7n8x deluxe
athlon xp 2200
geforce ti 4200
2 hard drives
Antec 350 watt psu
I've had all this stuff in there for about a month and it's been ok, I'm guessing I've been stressing the psu with all this stuff so I'm kindof afraid of it dying soon. I'm probably going to get a new psu, what should I go with like a 450 or 500 watter sparkle, antec, or enermax? I want to upgrade to a xp 3000 athlon and a newer radeon or fx and 2 serial ata drives this summer so would 450 watts be enough for all that?
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If the power rating in BIOS says it is less than 3.25v, then you have a problem. Replace it with an Enermax 450watt or better. Especially with all that and a Radeon 9500pro or better. Those high end cards are very power hungry.
Under voltage like you're describing can be the death of a motherboard. Switch it out ASAP.
Minimum ratings on the rails of your new PSU should be greater than the following:
Anything less would be underpowered. Just because it's new and a good name PSU doesn't automatically mean it is properly powered. Check the rails before buying.
Heat kills! Why so many fans? I have 2 front intake filtered, 2 rear exhaust, 1 side exhaust, 1 each intake and exhaust on the power supply, and the heat sink fan for the CPU, 8 total. I am running overckocked by 600 MHz, and my CPU is at 32c on full load. And my window fan makes more noise that all the PCs fans combined so noise is not a problem, just cat hair! <g>
Yeah, well I got that 550 watt Antec. Figured the price was right and that's what brand my case is so matching is good. I got it from buy.com though with free shipping and a $10 off certificate.
The reason for the fans is to keep everything cool. I say if you keep your hardware cooler it will last longer. It also makes me feel cool (hahaha) cause I can say "yah, I've got five fans and you've only got two." No but really it's all about airflow, I just had a few fans sitting around, and my case can fit a few fans, so, BAM, there they are, five fans in the case.
okay, i got a problem here....my computer randomly restarts when i leave my comp idle for more than 10 minutes...or it locks up....and it also restarts when i try to start up a game or program that seems to use a lot of beef....whats going on here?!?! please help.
Athlon XP 2400
Gigabyte GA-7VAXP Ultra VIA KT400 chipset motherboard
100 gig HD 7200 rpm
6 Channel Sound Card
1 gig of DDR 2100 ram
4 Case Fans
Volcano CPU Fan
430 Antec True Power