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In Need Of New Power Supply


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#1 DaveM12

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 10:35 AM

Last night, at a party at a friends house, I've concluded that my powersupply failed (3 days after my warranty ran out. Go figure.) The LED in the power button was flashing amber, and i read this in the dell manual for my model:

amber light Blinking amber indicates a problem with the power supply inside the computer. If the system cannot boot and there is a solid amber light, this indicates a problem with the system board (see "Power Problems" in your computer Owner's Manual).

The original power supply in my computer was 305 watts, and i'm looking for something a little bit higher, 350-400 watts preferably. The question is, which power supply would fit in my case? Any help would be appreciated.

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 10:57 AM

The first thing that I'd do is to call Dell and raise a storm about how their product lasts untill it's exactly 3 days out of warranty. I'd pitch a fit about it, as I've found that in some cases, companies will cover these types of issues under their warranty.

If Dell is no help, then (aside from keeping it in mind next time you buy a computer), you should hit their site and find a power supply that will fit your computer (make and model, which you didn't list, so I can't look for it! :thumbsup: ). You should be able to find it fairly easy on their website. The downfall about Dell, is that their computers are somewhat "part prioritized", meaning that it's not a standard case and you can't throw in any old power supply (although certain psu's are compatible).

If you want, you can post your make/model of your Dell and I can do some more research for you. :flowers:
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Posted 20 February 2007 - 10:57 AM

What model Dell do you have? Some models you will have to purchase a PSU that conforms to their non-ATX form factor, this means you may not be able to purchase one over the counter.

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 11:16 AM

I have a dell Dimension E510, and in recent months i've been realizing how limiting dell can be. Even worse, there are no available power supplies on their website at all! However, someone on their forums suggested two power supplies:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16817103937

http://www.affordablesurplus.com/dell-5100...ower-supply.asp

Any other suggestions? The affordable surplus PSU specificly says that it fits the E510, however, the newegg option doesnt come right out and say it. If the newegg item does comply though, i'd get that, as the new Geforce 7600gt i recently ordered from newegg says to use a 350watt PSU.

Edited by DaveM12, 20 February 2007 - 11:52 AM.


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Posted 20 February 2007 - 01:12 PM

There are several companies that will sell you a reconditioned power supply via the web. If you feel comfortable opening the computer, look for a part number / specs and do a google search. One thing... make sure the site "feels" legit. The BBB has info on most of these.

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 02:48 PM

I have replaced several of the newer dells power supplies, using Antec 400 watt models. However, knowing what model dell you have would help.

As far as the failure three days after warranty finish, I see it at least once a week, and all brands of off the shelf computers have it.
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Posted 20 February 2007 - 02:56 PM

Sorry I didnot read all of the posts previously here is a link to Antecs web site showing the power supply that I have used http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=26400

here is the link to Dells instructions

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/syst...s.htm#wp1461861
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Posted 20 February 2007 - 08:41 PM

There's basically 3 ways to get a PSU into your Dell (this depends on the model)
1) Buy a replacement for it from Dell or an authorized replacement shop (very expensive)
2) Buy an ATX PSU and install it (if it'll fit)
3) Cut the case to make an ATX PSU fit. (We used aircraft snips on the last one that we replaced).

Some Dells have ATX PSU's, some have the Dell proprietary one's. The easiest way to tell is to make a tracing of your PSU and the holes in the back of the case and take it to a store that sells PSU's - then look at them to see if they'll fit without cutting.
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