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I need a new power supply (In dell hell)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ibetyouluvthis, Apr 18, 2008.

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  1. ibetyouluvthis

    ibetyouluvthis Thread Starter

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    I dont mean give Dell a bad reputation but I've had a really difficult time with them.
    I purchased an Inspiron 531 and a 8400gs video at the same time form the same sales rep. Little did I know that the 8400gs was not going to work with my 531's power supply. I'm assuming the sales rep made a mistake because he said that the card would work on the system. I emailed dell tech support about the issue and they said that the card would probably or probably not work on my system........whatever the heck that means. I dont want to take any chances. Plus, if im pushing the power supply wouldn't that damage my system? But, anyway,
    So, life goes on....
    Im looking for a power supply that is at least 350watts with 20amps on the +12volt rail that will fit the Inspiron 531.

    Any suggestions?
    Thanks in advance
     
  2. usualsuspect

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    Hi,

    Where are you?
     
  3. Nick B

    Nick B

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    Yes, be very careful when picking power supplies. It's an often overlooked but very important piece of your computer.

    If I was going to go with brands I trust, I'd try something like this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003

    Here's a list that travels around the internet, I take no credit for it:
    Tier 1 Brands - The Most Powerful And Stable Components On The Market
    Enermax Galaxy
    PCP&C TurboCool
    PCP&C Silencer >610
    Zippy/Emacs SSL
    Zippy/Emacs GSM
    Zippy/Emacs PSL
    Silverstone ZF (Etasis 85/75/56)
    Seventeam ST >600 (SSI, V2.91)
    Silverstone OP/DA >700W

    Tier Z - Less Powerful Than Tier 1 Zippy Units...but they're still Zippys
    Zippy/Emacs HG2
    Zippy/Emacs HP2

    Tier 2 Brands - Top Quality components With Top Notch Stability - For Those With Price/Availability Issues With Tier 1
    Antec Neo HE
    Antec EarthWatts
    Antec TruePower Trio
    Akasa PowerGreen 80+
    CoolMax CTG-750W/850W/1KW
    Cooltek CT
    Corsair HX
    Corsair VX
    Enermax Liberty
    Enermax Infiniti
    Enhance ENP-GH
    Fortron (FSP) GLN
    Hiper Type-M >650W
    Hiper Type-R >650W
    iStarUSA PD2
    iStarUSA PD3
    OCZ GameXStream
    OCZ EvoStream
    PCP&C Silencer <610
    Seasonic S12
    Seasonic M12
    Seasonic Energy Plus
    SevenTeam ST <600
    Silverstone EF
    Silverstone OP/DA <700W
    Supermicro/AbleCom
    Thermaltake Toughpower >600W
    Xclio GreatPower
    Xclio StablePower
    Zalman ZM
    Ultra X3
    Ultra X-Pro

    Tier T - High Quality PSUs Made With Topower Internals - Less Rail Stability Compared To Tier 2 But Still Better than Tier 3
    Mushkin Enhanced
    Tagan U95
    Tagan U25
    Tagan U15
    Tagan U22
    OCZ PowerStream

    Tier 3 Brands - High Quality and Stability, Second Only To Tier 2 Brands
    Acbel Polycom
    AMS Mercury
    Akasa PaxPower
    Akasa PowerPlus (>500W Models)
    Antec Phantom
    Antec TruePower III
    Antec TruePower II
    Antec TrueControl II
    Antec NeoPower 480W (Old Model)
    Antec SmartPower 2.0
    Athena Power Space Shuttle Series
    Be Quiet Dark Power Pro
    Channel Well
    Enermax Maximum Plus
    Enermax Noistaker II
    Enermax Noisetaker
    Enermax Whisper II
    Enermax CoolerGiant
    Enhance ENS-G
    Epower Xscale
    Fortron (FSP) GLC
    Fortron (FSP) THN
    Fortron AX
    Fortron HLN
    Fortron PFN/PN/PA
    Seasonic Super Versatile
    Silverstone F
    Sparkle FSP
    Spire Rocketeer V/VI
    Sunbeam Nuuo
    Thermaltake Purepower
    Thermaltake Toughpower <600W

    Tier 4 - Not Recommend With Tier 3 In same Price/Wattage Range
    Aerocool
    Asus Atlas
    BFG
    Coolermaster Real Power
    Coolermaster iGreen
    Delta
    Enlight
    E-Power
    Futurepower
    Hiper
    HIPRO
    Lite-On
    Masscool
    MGE XG
    Mushkin HP
    NorthQ 4775-500S/BU
    OCZ Modstream
    Scythe Kamariki
    Sintek
    Thermaltake TR2
    TTGI/Superflower
    Ultra Xfinity/X2

    Tier 5 - Other than the units listed above for any of these brands, NOT RECOMMENDED
    A-TOP Technology
    APEX (SUPERCASE/ALLIED)
    Aspire(Turbo Case)
    ATADC
    Athena Power
    ATRIX
    Broadway Com Corp
    Cooler Master
    Coolmax
    Deer
    Diablotek
    Dynapower USA
    EagleTech
    FOXCONN
    I-Star Computer Co. Ltd
    In Win
    JPAC COMPUTER
    Just PC
    Kingwin Inc.
    Linkworld Electronics
    Logisys Computer
    MGE
    MSI
    NMEDIAPC
    Norwood Micro/ CompUSA
    NorthQ
    NZXT
    Powmax
    Q-Tec
    Raidmax
    Rosewill
    SFC
    Shuttle
    Skyhawk
    Spire Coolers
    Star Micro
    STARTECH
    TOPOWER TOP
    Ultra X-Connect
    Wintech
    XION
    YoungYear
    Zebronics
     
  4. usualsuspect

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    Be careful with OEM's such as Dell. They can be awkward to other part manufacturers at times by having custom clips to retain components and silly things like where the cables need to exit from the PSU in order to run to certain area's.
    Take a look inside first and check for their green clips.
     
  5. win2kpro

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    You might check with PC Power & Cooling and see if they have a unit for your machine. I have purchased some replacement units for Dell machines from them, and the have fit perfectly and worked perfectly.

    http://www.pcpower.com/products/power_supplies/dell/
     
  6. matthew0155

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    ive posted it before and will post it again, Dell gives you EXACTLY TO THE WATT, what you need to run your system, why would they give you more, to make your life easier, hell no
     
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