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    New Power Supply

    I just ran across a great buy on ATX power supplies.
    This is a 600 watt, dual fan ATX supply for only $29.95US plus shipping. It is similar to one I have been using for some time now and has GOOD regulation.
    Order number is 58-9375 and you can check it out at MCM Electronics.
    MCM

    Never worry about overloading with this supply.
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    Re: New Power Supply

    Hi Bob,

    What do these generally run? The price came up for $49.95 when I searched for it! $29.95 would be grand! Did you have a code for a price reduction or something?

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    Re: New Power Supply

    Hi Skitterbug,
    They probably haven't updated their website yet. That just came out in the "Super Sale" flyer. Prices good till 1/7/2005. Try source code MA1204.
    I don't know if that's my unique source code number or not. I don't think so.
    ( you may have to register also ) It's free.

    Edited to Add: The regular price says $125.00.
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    Re: New Power Supply

    Thanks Bob,

    It does look like I have to register and then receive their "specials" or call them and let them know I am now registered with their site.The price is still showing up as $49.95 for me. I will take a chance and wait and see if I get their sales promotion pretty quickly. If I don't hear from them by tomorrow, I think I will go the "call 1-800" route as this is a great deal and I am in need of one for my Win2000 box.

    Thanks again for the notice about this one!! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> And Merry Christmas!


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    Re: New Power Supply

    Hi Bob,

    Just wanted to let you know that it pays to call! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> I kept getting the $49.99 price on their web page but when I asked the sales person about the "hot deals", she let me have the product for the same price as you had indicated!! <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> for the tip and link!! Mine is on its way!! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: New Power Supply

    Hi Skitterbug,
    Good to hear that your persistence paid off. MOST sales reps at MCM will automatically give you the best price on items. Others have to be told the source code of the flyer that has the sale. Don't know why this is so, but generally, I find it a good company to deal with and no hassles if you have to return it or not satisfied, etc. Once you are on their mailing list you will get many good deals in numerous flyers.

    A Merry Christmas to you and yours.
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    Re: New Power Supply

    I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on this PS after you get it. The on-line specs are not too informative. The price is almost too good to be true - and one that makes me leary. I understand it is made by iBest - a name I am not familiar with. I note the only other 600Watt supply I have found is from the well known and reputable Enermax and that cost over $150.

    My concern is how ready is that PC for today's systems? Many new video card require their own 12VDC 4-pin supply. So do some motherboards. Your supply does not seem to accommodate that. Nor does it seem to provide SATA drive power leads.

    Finally, with CPUs and video cards generating enough BTUs to warm an office, PCs require more fans for greater air flow. I build custom PCs for clients and noise is receiving a great deal more weight when deciding what components to buy these days. This iBest has two fans but I cannot tell if they are noisy sleeve bearing or quiet ball bearing fans. Additionally, there does not seem to be any fan speed control capability for this PS.

    I agree that if the specs are true - and trusting them is a problem with lesser known manufactures - you should not have to worry about having enough power no matter what you install in that system. However, I must note that I would also worry about how clean that power is. I would suggest you run that PS off a good UPS so that at least you feed that PS clean, regulated power and not rely on its regulation circuits.
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    Re: New Power Supply

    Hi Bob and Bill,
    Yes, I have the power supply in hand but am finding one tiny little problem with it - the fan that is located on the back of the supply juts out just a bit too far for it to fit into this case. This is an ATX case but apparently an older style perhaps. <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29> I have been contemplating taking something and cutting out part of the case at the top so the whole supply fits flush against the back interior. Just for my own satisfaction, I did plug everything in and try it out. It works perfectly and it is quiet! I don't know enough about checking various levels of output so I will pass on that.

    Anybody have any suggestions about what to use to cut a notch in a computer case? Or maybe this supply will fit better in my other box.... <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15>

    That's my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> worth about my power supply! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Always an adventure at my house! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>


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    Re: New Power Supply

    Bob - thanks for the report.

    Skitter bug - a drummel saw perhaps? I would remove everything out of the case and blow it out thoroughly after cutting - it would not take much of a metal filing to short something out.
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    Re: New Power Supply

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> Bill for the reply. We do have drummel tools in this house. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> I think first I will check out the other box as that seems the easier of the two choices that I have! <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

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    Re: New Power Supply

    Bill,
    First, I already have and have been using that supply for some time now. It's Skitterbug who has ordered the new one. I assume she has it by now.

    Second, Designing a clean regulated supply is no big deal these days. I have scoped the output lines of the supply and find it very good with a minimal amount of ripple. Constant voltage output despite the load and or changes. Sure, running it off a good UPS wouldn't hurt.

    Third, The fans are ball bearing type and while I haven't measured the noise level, I could not detect any appreciable difference with both fans running as opposed to the single in my old supply. I have a total of 7 fans running in my system and it's a LOT quieter than some that worked on or seen. I also have sound deadening material on the case sides and top, making sure that vents and grills are not blocked.

    Fourth, There are adapter cables now for just about any application that the user may face. P4, MB, SATA, etc. This supply does have a P4 plug. No SATA but use an adapter.
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    Re: New Power Supply

    Skitterbug,
    It depends on how MUCH you have to remove to make it fit. Seems unusual that it doesn't just drop right in.
    There is a tool called a "sheet metal nibbler", that just nips off small pieces of metal at a time. With the supply out, you just "nibble" away till it fits.
    You should be able to get them at any electronic supply house or even possibly Radio Shack. Inexpensive.
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    Re: New Power Supply

    Good news Bob!

    The power supply did fit in the newer ATX case. The old case has an inset in the back where the stuff from the outside plugs in so it made it a bit more cramped on the inside. The external fan on the power supply was the problem. I should have thought to take a picture so you could see what I am so poorly trying to explain! But I hope you will except the excuse that I don't really want to tear down the now running system which I am merrily typing from!! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> I am pleased with my purchase and thank you for pointing me to it.

    For now what I am planning to do with the old system is plop the power supply from this one into it, since I know it works. The old system is the one that I want to repair! So all is well but I will have to hunt for a supply that fits the dimensions of the "old one"!! I found the broken PS had 235W and the replacement only has 250W so I do want to correct that problem.

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> everyone for all the help! Merry Christmas!! Ho Ho Ho

    ps: I will hunt for the nibbler that you suggest as it might be handy to have among my other "tools"! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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