His power supply blew, taking his Nvidia 8800 GTX PCI Express with it! Ouch.
The System has Vista Premium 32bit Asus P5N32-E SLI Motherboard 4 DIMMS of 1GB each so a Total of 4GB Fitted PC2-4200 DDR2-533MHz Memory Kingston. x1 500GB SATA HDD x1 DVD x1 DVD Wtr x1 FDD X2 120mm Case Fans x1 Creative SoundBlaster X-FI Titanium Fatality PCI Card x1 Firewire port (Unused)
The PSU which Blew was a 550Watt which came with the machine by default
& also Ollyolly PSU recomendations look good and pointer to the Online PSU Calc appreciated. For some odd reason I was thinking I needed 750w for this machine. Will post back what I end up with, as his Nvidia PCI Express card is Kaput failed, depends on what relplacment card he wants.
Yes, the PSU you choose will depend mainly on what replacement GPU he goes for.
Tell him to get a good quality brand rather than a generic/low-quality one that may lure him in with its higher quoted wattage. With PSUs, it's not always about large figures - other aspects are also important.
The quality PSU makes are: Antec, Be Quiet, Corsair, Enermax, Tagan, OCZ (or PC Power & Cooling), Seasonic, Silverstone, Etasis, Zalman, Xigmatek, Akasa, Chieftec, BFG - & the 'better' models offered by Coolermaster, FSP, Gigabyte & Thermaltake. G
Remember my own PSU which kept tripping out the Fusebox in the house, eventually found out it was a new Coolermaster 750w modular PSU but took me nearly 2 months to diagnose. That was a fun end to 2009