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Old 05-28-2004, 03:54 PM   #16
jeffreybluml
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crap. My supply is only 180W for the 3.3 and 5. Figures I'd get a POS Supply...

Well, I'm one broke SOB, so there's no new supply in my near future. This pisses me off cuz my Linux box is my webserver, and I don't need this hassle! Unfortunately, I built this box myself, so I can't even get the satisfaction of whining in my post about the manufacturer for it. I guess next time I'll pay more attention and not cut corners, eh...

And for the record, I'm running an AMD 1800+ (1533Mhz in reality) on a Soyo MB. I now understand (thanks mostly to TigerOC) that the higher up your CPU speed goes, the more attetnion you need to pay to your power supply ratings. My bad...

Anywho, it's been behaving the last two days (knock on wood...) so I'll just wish for the best for now. Unless, of course, somebody reads this and wants to mail me a new supply ;-)

Thanks again for the ability to tap into your brain there TigerOC. Greatly appreciate your time.

Cheers!
 
Old 05-28-2004, 04:19 PM   #17
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Just some generic advice for anyone reading this thread;
Beware of claims on Power Supplies. A manufacturer may state that it gives 400W the critical part is what is the rating for 3.3 & 5V. If they don't tell you don't buy it.
Athlon and PIV processors can draw 40 amps (see processor manufacturer specifications) during a 100% load phase ; P=IV ; P=5Vx40A=200W
If you start having software corruption during compile and boot phases look at your Power Supply first and if it checks out check your system temperatures and if that checks out run some memory tests. If you still cannot find the cause put a new power supply in anyway.
 
  


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