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51. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 2, 2013, 19:29 jdreyer
 
Creston wrote on Jan 2, 2013, 14:34:
Prez wrote on Jan 2, 2013, 10:12:
That artiicle on PC troubleshooting and repair is a timely addition as I have been suffering problems while gaming on my new PC. It more or less confirms what I have come to think is the problem. I suspect the power supply is "crowbarring" (I had to look up what my PC is doing to figure out what to call it) based on what I have to do to get the PC to boot again once it shuts down during a game. That's what I get for taking a chance on a Diablotek PS I guess.

Prez, never "take a chance" on a power supply. Seriously. I know a lot of people ignore it and will just go with any old Taiwanese knock-off 500W power supply, but it's really the one bit where you need to put down some money and get yourself a good unit. You'd be better off skimping on drives, or even your video card, than on your PSU. Imo.

Creston

Totally agree. Six years ago, I shelled out almost $200 for high-end Gigabyte 850 watt power supply. I rebuilt my machine over the summer with a core i5 and a GTX 670, and the system still runs rock solid. A high quality PS will cost you up front, but will last and last. This machine gets several hours of use daily. Most issues I've had with it have been software related, although my 8800 Ultra bit the dust after only three years, although given how clogged with dust it was, overheating was the obvious culprit.
 
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