Computer hardware geeks! I need some help.

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  1. cbff

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    Hey guys, my PC died. I have a Gateway with an AMD processor. I'm 90% certain the power supply is the culprit. My current power supply is the stock version, a Bestec ATX-300-12E. So its 12 volt and 300 watt. My question is does it matter if the watts on my new one are the same? I've seen so many different wattages that I wanna make sure I don't fuck up.

    Gateway.com does have the same power supply for $38.99, but I don't feel like waiting for it to ship. Circuitcity.com is advertising supplies that are different wattages, but for around the same price. So if I can run to the store and get one, I'd like to.
     
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    yeah, get something with more watts. it won't hurt you at all, in fact it just means you'll have a more reliable power supply.
     
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    Don't worry as much about watts as about quality. There are alot of crummy power supplies out there that just aren't worth it. Look up reviews on the ones available at Circuit City and just make sure they're of decent quality. Also, a new power supply may or may not fit into your case. I would hope that Gateway cases just accept standar ATX power supplies, but I am not certain of that.
     
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    I agree, make sure you get a quality power supply. You don't want to go through this again in a few months or a year. Just as long as you don't have a high end video card and a bunch of hard drives, I would look around the 400W range. As was already said it is a good idea to read reviews about power supplies to get an idea of what to expect in terms of quality (Try Newegg.com or Tigerdirect.com they might have more reviews of power supplies than circuitcity.com).
     
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    Yeah, I only have 1 hard drive and no video card (just the motherboard stock). The case is a full size PC Tower, so it should fit. Push come to shove, I'll take the bad unit with to the store for a size comparison. I'll take your guy's advice and check out the reviews online. Thanks!
     
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    Looking at Circuitcity.com and what's available in stores there aren't too many options, but I would suggest this one: Antec 350 Watt

    I don't think it's as some of their other power supplies, but it should suit your needs and not break the bank. Otherwise, you could always try your luck with Newegg...I've received stuff next day from them and only had to pay regular shipping.
     
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    If you wouldn't mind buying from Newegg and are willing to spend ~$60 another option would be: Antec Earthwatts 380W which has excellent reviews.

    Antec is a decent brand, I have one (Antec True power Trio 650W) running my current build for over a year now, not a single problem.
     
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    newegg is what I was gonna say to look at. I buy most of my parts from there because they are very reasonable and ship fast.
     
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    What's your budget?

    I could be here all day suggesting Antec stuff, but I'm not sure what you're looking to spend.
     
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    I'd say $50 or less. Like I said, I'm not 100% that's the whole problem with the PC, and I 'll be somewhat pissed if I spend so much on this, and it turns out to be the wrong part. The other theory is a bad motherboard, which I hope isn't the case.
     
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    Do you have a volt meter what you can test your power supply? That would make a good deal of sense in helping eliminate the problem before you spend all of the this dough.
     
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    As long as you don't go under the original wattage, you should be okay.

    The more considerable problem is what damage might have been incurred when it went. Power supplies don't like to go by themselves when they go; it's also possible that the PS fried your motherboard and processor, or even more parts, when it went.

    So that being said, wherever you get it from, make sure they can take returns because if the rest of your computer is toast, there's not much point in having a power supply.
     
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    :cry : Well Circuit City tested my Power Supply for me and it passed, A-OK. So it's gotta be the motherboard. Now the question is since the motherboard is shit, what else got ruined when it died....

    Damn desktops! Next time I'm going laptop! :lol :

    Edit: Look what I found while trying to find out where I could get a replacement motherboard:
    http://www.fixya.com/support/t354655-fic_ktbc51g_gateway_5088_motherboard
    http://www.techsupportforum.com/har...gateway-gm5088-computer-fic-ktbc51g-mobo.html
    http://www.techsupportforum.com/har...cpu/223576-gateway-gt4010-w-ktbc51g-mobo.html
    http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/computers/794739/

    This pisses me off very much. The problem is widespread and Gateway ain't doing shit about it. I'm never buying another piece of their equipment ever again.

    Now that I got that out of my system, it's time to look to the future.

    I used my computer like a regular Joe. I would play games (none are graphics intensive, Civilization 3 and Rome Total War are the most), burn CD's, surf the net for porn. Common stuff. I never even used the media center on my PC.

    So for the guys in the know, please help me out on what to do. The tower I got will be trashed. I had no idea that my tower and motherboard were a "rare" kind when buying it. It's not something a regular guy thinks about when buying a PC. However, I would like to save whatever I can that might be useful (such as my old 200 GB hard drive).

    I have 2 RAM sticks that I believe still work. Can I save them and put them in a new PC. If so, are there any restrictions/requirements other than just plugging them into the slots?

    I also have a multimedia port that fit where a floppy would sit. I use this for uploading pics from my Sony Cybershot, so I'd like to keep that. I also disconnected a hub from the front of the PC tower. It has 2 firewire, 2 USB, headphones, and microphone ports on it. Once again, if I can recycle this, I'd like to.

    So so far I'm looking at throwing out the tower frame, the motherboard with CPU, heat tank, and fan, dialup card (have DSL, don't need it).

    So I'm looking for suggestions on a new Tower that is compatible to be used with the stuff I'd like to recycle.
     
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    Oh, and bump for advice on what to do.
     
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    Well, it depends...you could put together a new pc on the cheap, or if you want to reuse as much as possible salvage the ram, psu, cpu, and drives. However, a concern is that the copy of windows that was on your computer is likely tied to that computer, so you'd have to factor that into your costs as well.

    I'm not sure how comfortable you are putting a whole computer together, but I would recommend that first, as for what you want to do you could get one together for $500 or less. Otherwise you could always look into getting a cheap Dell or something, but then you could end up in the same place you are now.
     

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