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Does this sound like my PSU is going bad?

by TheAntiEggroll / July 16, 2010 2:18 AM PDT

Ill give as much information as I can. I have a Dell 530 Desktop Quad core with 2 extra gigs of ram I added by myself as well as an 8800 GT I added.

I turned it off for the first time in a good week or 2 and when I tried to turn it back on it would try and the fans would jerk and continue to do so but it would never get full power.

I took out 2 of the ram sticks, turned it back on an it worked fine. Then I put both back in turned it on and it worked fine again. Well after 2 days I shut it off again and had the same problem when I attempted to turn it on.

Again after I took 2 of the sticks out it turned on, this time though it would not turn on with either or both of the sticks in. I tried every combination possible but the only way I could get it to turn is with both ram sticks out.

PS this computers obviously a few years old and had everything "aftermarket" since the day I got it and ran flawlessly since that time until now.

Thanks in advance for help

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maybe is the PSU
by DJRemix666 / July 16, 2010 4:35 AM PDT

maybe is the PSU, but your PSU is still good its just probly because you dont have enough Watts to power all of the components when you add your two other sticks of ram. what is your PSW wattage ?

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by DJRemix666 / July 16, 2010 4:38 AM PDT
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i mean PSU sorry lol

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by TheAntiEggroll / July 16, 2010 4:42 AM PDT
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Its only 350 watts but its been running without issue with this same exact setup for 2 years.

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by DJRemix666 / July 16, 2010 4:58 AM PDT
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ok can you describe more about what happens with the psu fans and cpu fan and can you remove the panel and turn your computer on for 30 seconds and turn it off and ground yourself and touch the components like rams and video card and PSU if its heating and what is happening on the screen is it black when its happens ?

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by TheAntiEggroll / July 16, 2010 5:34 AM PDT
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The fans click on and off over and over again but the computer never actually turns on. The screen never comes on while this is happening

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by DJRemix666 / July 16, 2010 5:48 AM PDT
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and when you remove the rams your added in its work fine ?

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if it is
by DJRemix666 / July 16, 2010 6:10 AM PDT
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if its working fine when you remove the 2 sticks of rams you added then your 2 sticks of rams are dead and to explain why i asked you for the wattage of your psu its because sometimes when your add components in your computer 350W is not enough but if your computer was running 2 years with the 2 sticks of rams you added and the video card you added and now its not working but only when you remove the 2 sticks of ram then its the rams

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