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Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> My main PC blew up! — May 31, 2013.
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The deceased 700 Watt OCZ ModXStream Pro.

The deceased 700 Watt OCZ ModXStream Pro. Though it is a modular it appears that the original person that built my PC didn’t remove the unused cables. No great harm. There was room in the case.


12 days after it blew up [10 full days in reality] I finally had my main workhorse PC finally repaired – having to wait for a new power supply (which did come very quickly) and making time to get to Concord Radio Shack to get some momentary ON switches just in case it was the switch. I made it to Concord Friday. So Dave Nix came this morning. It turned out to be the power supply. I have never had a power supply go bad on me. Plus, this was no ‘cheapo’ unit. It was a $90 power supply in November 2009, albeit with a $10 rebate (though I am not sure whether I ever got that)

The original order in November 2009 for the 700 W power supply that blew up.

The original order in November 2009 for the 700 W power supply that blew up.


Per Dave’s advice I got an even BIGGER power supply — PC folks, without exception, always swearing, when it comes to power supplies that bigger is always better. So now I got a 750 Watt. I did a fair amount of checking. Found that a good ‘single rail’ is better than a mediocre ‘dual rail’ — and the older one was dual rail. Fols tell me that this PC really soaks up power given the i7, the fairly decent video card and the 7 fans.

I have to say that the new Rosewill HIVE-750 looks like a work of art. Though most hardware does nothing for me, just looking and feeling this unit makes you realize that it is a cut above the rest. Furthermore, all the cables came inside a nifty, reusable zippered case! I was impressed. So I notice that price wise both supplies,  50 Watts and 3.5 years apart, were the same price — and Newegg gave me FREE shipping on this unit. Thank YOU, Newegg, especially since the unit was here within 2 business days! Newegg certainly has my attention again. Having an extended warranty would not have helped. The old unit, to be fair, lasted 3.5 years and this PC is on at least 355 days a year, typically for 16 hours a day, so that is 355 x 16 x 7. Yes, the quoted MTBF, as ever, is far greater, but I guess I cannot complain. That said I still feel a bit ‘uneasy’. Given the two fans that died plus the power supply I now realize that I have spent just over $500 on repairs for this PC in 2013 — not counting the 25″ monitor that died. My eldest daughter points out correctly that I could have bought a new PC for that — albeit nowhere close to the specs on this one. But, I am going to start cutting my losses on this PC. 

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My assertion that there will be some attractive ‘open box’ deals on Windows 7 PCs after Christmas is indeed coming to pass. That was a fairly easy and obvious call. I think I heard the other day, on CNBC, that 17% of Christmas gifts are returned.

Got an email from tigerdirect.com with this deal. This is similar to the Asus box from BestBuy, for $650, that I had talked about on December 28. The tigerdirect.com comes with Vista. So you will need to spend $109.99 to upgrade it to 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium 6 or $149.99 for Windows 7 Professional. With Home Premium that would come to $630 for a what will be a rather powerful, nifty looking box with a relatively decent nVidia GeForce GT2200 graphics card.

If you are looking for an ‘All-in-One’ with Windows 7 Professional … check this out at tigerdirect.com for $680. ‘All-in-One’ are cool. Definitely eliminate clutter and cables and gives you, in effect, a genuine hybrid between a laptop and a desktop.

They also have other relative interesting options such as this SYX Venture H420i ITX Desktop PC 19″ LCD Bundle for $550 or this Systemax Venture VX for $340. I am sure that they will both perform fine for non-gaming use, though I think that both of them, at 2GB, is a tad light on memory. But you could get another gig or two for under a $100. Also check out the refurbished machines.

Newegg.com, from what I can see, do not have any refurbished desktops running Windows 7. But they do have some fairly decent refurbished HPs, with 8GB and AMD quad-cores, for around $430. So you could upgrade to Windows 7 and still be under $550.

Talking of refurbished Vista boxes, that would make fine Windows 7 rigs, check out this Asus, with 6GB, from Best Buy for $330. They also have a refurbished HP, with 8GB and a 20″ LCD, for $400.

I also happened to see some interesting deals at overstock.com. So if you are in the market for a Windows 7 machine, it is indeed a buyers-market. Enjoy. Indulge.

Cheers.

Anura Guruge
www.guruge.com

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