PC power supply tpes- what are they

  [DELETED] 14:06 21 Oct 2010

One of my PC's power supply has died.
Looking in my 'junk[sorry Spares] box I can find no match.
The label on the supply is not much help so I don't know what to look for as a replacement.
It is - 450 Watt with a MoBo connector 24pin plus a separate 6pin. and the usual array of Molex and others.
Any advice please

  woodchip 14:22 21 Oct 2010

Big Box at the top Back of the Tower with all the wires coming from it. You need to match all plugs that you need to connect your Motherboard and Hardware. I would go for a 650 Watt

  GaT7 14:24 21 Oct 2010

Can you post a pic of the label? Also a pic of that 6-pin connector. It should really have a 4-pin ATX connector instead. The 6-pin one could be to power a graphics card (PCI-E), but the 4-pin one is usually present by default.

It's most likely a standard PSU. What are its dimensions? Did it come out of a branded PC - e.g. Dell, HP, Acer, etc? G

  GaT7 14:26 21 Oct 2010

Another thing - also tell us about your system spec, especially the graphics card model. A good 350-400W replacement may be good enough. G

  [DELETED] 15:42 21 Oct 2010

Woody you and I have been around this forum and other places for you know that I know what the 'Big box at the top the tower was- what do you reckon I thought it was - somewhere to warm my hands? ;-}

Crossbnow 7
Managed to de sypher the label it is a
Sparkle fsp450-60pfn.
Managed to track down a supplier on E-bay - but they do not go up to 450 Watt.
The MoBo plug is a standard 2 line strip- 24 pins plus a 6pin.
The Graphics card is NVidia- Quadro4
The PSU is standard and my 'junk'one screwed into the same place - simply wrong connector[20 pin]

  GaT7 15:55 21 Oct 2010

That appears to be a standard PSU (made by FSP click here who make quality PSUs by the way), so any other standard PSU will be suitable.

If you have a 20-pin PSU, you could get an inexpensive 20-pin to 24-pin converter off eBay or Amazon click here (£2.14 incl del at time of posting). Your system doesn't seem too power-hungry (except the GPU?), so check the wattage on the 'junk' one & if it's 300W & above I would try this converter. Actually let me know the exact model of the Quadro4 & I'll try to find out how power-hungry it is.

"plus a 6pin" - this should actually be a 4-pin. Can you confirm? Does the 'junk' one have this 4-pin connector? What's its make & model number? G

  GaT7 16:21 21 Oct 2010

The 4/6-pin connectors we're discussing, could also be an 8-pin one. This is a specialised connector, which certain motherboards require. What's your motherboard make & model number? Is it a server-type one by any chance? G

  [DELETED] 19:43 21 Oct 2010

See below for a pic of the connectors and the MoBo
This machine is/was a special- salvage from a CGI studio when they had a refit.
2 small SCSCI hard drive- it was part of a network to a huge server
I use it solely for my photo work- no other apps or internet.
Can't I/D the Mobo - and of course the machine is dead cant run interrogation software to find out.

[IMG]click here[/IMG]

  GaT7 20:14 21 Oct 2010

Yes, I thought as much. Thanks for confirming it.

Most modern PSUs now come with this 8-pin (or 4+4) connector as standard, as most desktop motherboards use it nowadays. You will still need to read the specs carefully before buying.

The system is unlikely to be very taxing, so a good quality 350-400W will do. My suggestions would be this Antec 380W EarthWatts click here. This Arctic Arctic Power 500W seems to be 'better' & cheaper, but the Antec is likely to run quieter & more efficiently, which will save you on electricity bills in the long run. G

  GaT7 20:15 21 Oct 2010

Arctic Power 500W link click here. G

  woodchip 21:16 21 Oct 2010

when you said what type, I could have said AT or ATX yes I always thought it was a hand warmer!!!!:)

But I did say it needs all the plugs for all the Hardware, a 20 pin is no good for a 24 pin board socket. that goes without saying

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

Microsoft Surface Book 2 15in review

Illustrator Amy Grimes on how setting up her own eco-brand led to success with clients too

MacBook Pro keyboard issues and other problems

Test : l’enceinte connectée HomePod d’Apple