" My Dell Dimension 8300 is randomly shutting down every now and then. The fan is also running pretty loud. "
That could also be due to overheating, right?Are Antec PSU's fairly easy to install? Screwdriver, cable ties, compressed air?
Yes, although installing it isn't the problem. You need to find out the exact dimension of your current PSU, to ensure a correct fit.
(Original dimensions, not too sure though: Depth: 4"; Height 3.25"; Width x 5.75")Should I be concerned about the "UPS service is stopped" error message? Does this mean I need a new surge protector as well?
No.Should I download the latest beta version of Everest from Lavalys.com to help with diagnostics?
Your call. The previous(stable) version should do just fine.So what's the deal with the PSU replacement?
Well, Dell uses a proprietary PSU that does not have a 'power switch' at the back. Most PSUs(inc. the Antec one) in the market today, have one.
So to accommodate most PSUs, you will need to cut out the particular section, at the back of your case. That apart, any popular ATX12V PSU should work with the Dimension 8300.
Going by the system specs., a 3XX W PSU should be perfect.
There's just one after market brand
that caters to Dell PSU replacements and their PSUs are undoubtedly expensive. Getting a PSU replacement from Dell, wouldn't be the most economical idea either.
Hope this helps.
Edited by ReviverSoft, 21 June 2010 - 09:13 PM.