What I meant was OEM's like dell use low output power supplies.
They get away with it by using integrated on-board audio,video,lan, etc.
Systems like that are cheap to manufacture and don't require a big power supply.
However, when you go to add new hardware, which requires more power , it pushes the power supply past it's limits. That's a factor many people overlook when they upgrade such a system. I was not aware that you had this replaced already but it shouldn't matter. Should be at least a one year warrranty on the power supply itself. Labor, that's another story.
Why it puked is anybody's guess. May be overtaxed, maybe just a cheapie, it's hard to really say.
I'm pretty much an Antec fan when it comes to power supply's. Never had a problem with them in any of my builds.
Edited by HitSquad, 13 March 2006 - 05:22 PM.