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#1 Atropos

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 11:25 PM

I'm currently in the process of slowly upgrading a Dell Dimension 2400 and need to find a suitable power supply for it, since its original 200w recently blew out.
I've been looking at this one and need to know if it'll fit/is compatible? I'm not too savvy when it comes to psu's and their connectors.

If not that one, I'm open to suggestions! Looking for something within the 400-500w range for, at most, around $70.

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 11:37 PM

In theory, it should work, however, Dell is notorious for switching the wires on the PSU lead leading to the Motherboard. When you go to replace it, take the power connector to the motherboard, and make sure all the wires match up with those on the connector of the new PSU. If not, its a simple matter of pulling the wires out and switching them to match up.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 10:37 AM

Besides that Thermaltake being a mediocre power supply, you should be good to go. Dells only used that screwed up ATX connector for a few years in the late 90's-early 2001. P4 and newer systems used the standard ATX power supply.

The Egg has a 500CX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139018&Tpk=500cx for under $60 shipped, Amazon as well (if you get free shipping with prime) http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Memory-Compatible-Certified-CMPSU-500CX/dp/B0044R93SA/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1298388781&sr=1-1 . I think the rebates are over for that. In the $70 range there are a couple of Seasonics, and an Antec PSU that will work very well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139019 good deal with 10% off and rebate ~$60 shipped
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371035

The Thermaltake is not necessarily a bad PSU, but it is very inefficient (low 70%) and has a weaker 12V rail as compared to more modern PSUs.

EDIT: and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030

Edited by dpunisher, 22 February 2011 - 04:43 PM.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 10:11 PM

Oh yes, I am aware that Dells are finicky machines about that.

The Thermaltake is not necessarily a bad PSU, but it is very inefficient (low 70%) and has a weaker 12V rail as compared to more modern PSUs.

Ah, good to know. Alrighty, thanks a bunch for the suggestions! I will definitely take a look at these asap.




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