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  1. Really? Would it really be symptomatic of a failed PSU that the monitor would report no signal after cycling its power off and then back on? The PSU doesn't know whether the monitor is on or off, right? Wouldn't the video card still be drawing power, still sending signal even with the monitor turned off? And, my "lengthy calculations" were not GPU intensive; they were CPU intensive; why would the PSU fail then? And if it did fail then, my calculations would have been corrupted and my software would have detected that. I think the guy is a real dick and here's why. 1. When he first wrote up the order, it was for a 600W PSU. Then as we were talking, after I mentioned I wasn't at all a hardware geek and was just a software engineer, his buddy came over and they tried (unsuccessfully) to get me to buy a 1000W PSU instead of the 600. Then, when it was supposed to be finished and I called to see if it was ready, he said the 600W cables were too short and the only thing they could do was put in the 750W (for an extra $50) - so that it was already a done deal without my authorization. I had no choice but to accept it or go another day without my computer. 2. A few days later, when I reported the fans not working, there was no offer to make it right. He basically said I was on my own unless I could come up with a wiring diagram. 3. My original PSU was the Antec Earthwatts 500W which according to test review (http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/526) delivers the full monty: He replaced it with this (http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/ ... view/977/7), calling it an "upgrade" to a "high-end" power-supply: The reason why a PSU failure can cause video card issues- is a lack of power. If your video card gets underpowered, you'll often see intermittent usability. You do have a very mild system- and that Antec PSU is from one of the biggest best brands on the PSU market. Their 'upgrade' to a coolmax was a downgrade. I've been purchasing psu's for 14 years now, and can tell you that the low end names like coolmax aren't worth their salt. I've been to multiple mom and pop computer shops, and most of them offer low end and high end psu's. The fact that your shop only offers low end is a pretty clear indicator of what type of shop you are dealing with. The fact their wires were too short, is another indicator of their priorities. I can tell you, from experiance, that Antec's are reliable PSU's. I've owned several, and only had issue with one- it was poor design from a "switch over year". I call it a switch over year to show that the company was changing their suppliers and engineers at that time. They've since regained my trust. I can also tell you there is only one reason to own such a terrible psu as that coolmax, and that it came free with a case. PSU's that come in cases are usually craptacular and overrated. The only exception are antec and ultra. If you ever buy a case with a psu - throw away the psu immediately. That guy is a dick. Do your best to just get your money back. Your time is worth more than his.
  2. Don't go in too upset, man. After reading what you said about your monitor...The computer shop was correct in telling you that a new PSU was in order. However... the fact that your system was rendered WORSE by their " repair" does put you at an edge. Sorry about not responding all weekend- it's not my place to sit in front of my computer all the time, waiting to find someone who needs my help- I didn't know you needed me that badly. Sorry. Don't get too upset with the shop owner- he really did make a decent recommendation. It is common for 'intermittent' monitor signals from systems with iffy power supplies. But if he said "dusty" when it wasn't. Or if he said your old unit was underpowered, when your new one was worse (and can prove it)... then you got him. If you know the brand of your original PSU, it's a safe bet, your old one was better. I can tell you cheapo brands like "coolmax" are over aggressive with their wattage ratings. easiest ways to tell if one psu is better than the other- is to weigh them. Heavier components can take more wattage. If your old psu is 20% heavier and you know the factory manufacturer (all good psu's are made from a handful of factories- while cheepies are made only old place)- you got yourself an airtight case. Don't go too hard on the poor guy- just try to get your money back. But if he's a dick- take him to the cleaners .
  3. lol yummy. I've seen toy based cases,but never food based ones! I'll bet the pc components keep the gingerbread warm, huh?
  4. Awesome, thanks. Wow $600? but it's only 35$ a yard- cheaper than some leathers- is it because you have to layer it?
  5. You can do it for dirt cheap!!! - less than the cost of a pump pays for all materials and tools! (serious!) here's how someone watercooled his pc silently on the cheap: http://www.vonslatt.com/proj-cc.shtml Your system is ideal for this- due to it's height.
  6. Pretty sweet, so far. I love the use of the gelly pens! very clever- and cheap way to uv enhance a case- i know it's something i'll do, in the future.
  7. I can imagine some "clock gear" styling going on in there. I think the theme you'v got going here is: victorian scientist. So think, chemistry, watches, steam, etc. Perhaps setup a water cooling pump to look like a boiler tank and have it protrude out one side?
  8. I'm not feeling it either. Do some google image searches on "steampunk" and "victorian" for inspiration. Wouldn't hurt to look at old timey clocks and watches either.
  9. Beautiful!!!! I like the looks of this one more than the setup you show later. But thats stand alone. How these look in context are a different matter.
  10. Thanks for the info! . Not sure which items came from where. Is the venturi vacuum from mia? I know you are busy with your build, but after the contest, could you do the whole internet a favor and make a simple tutorial on carbon fiber for dummies? We;d all love you for it! Oh man- carbon fiber is surprisingly cheap! I guess all the costs associated with it is labor, huh?
  11. The distilling tube needs to be visible! That's the second most important part of your build! it's just as awesome is those ionized spheres you got! MAKE THE STILL A CENTERPIECE!
  12. You've got a pretty mild system. No self respecting computer shop owner should have made a recommendation for a new PSU if the old psu was powerful enough; especially not if they sold you the original system- to which they should know the power requirements. You don't have to 'prove' that he said you needed the PSU, I only meant that it makes your case airtight. If you purchased your system, originally from him, you may be able to catch him under your state's lemon laws- the PSU, if nothing else, qualifies for this. In my state (Florida) if they can't make it right in three tries- they got to pay you 3x the original purchase price, basically double your money back. I don't know how labor costs fall under this. There is also "federal warranty". I found this info on a 'lemon aid' website. http://www.computerlemonlaw.com/rights.html / 1800-lemon-law. They are free. They can be free because in most situations, the defendant has to pay for your attorney if you win. Seriously. One more reason for the shop to want to refund you their money. It'll cost them A lot now, or more, later. Again this is one of those last resort sort of things. Check out your state's lemon laws and see if they apply to computers or any other "appliances", as well as labor costs. I know you can sue contractors and car shops for labor costs- if they do unnecessary or ineffective repairs, that you can prove. But because your PSU failed- it was necessary. But, can they prove that it failed? They may need to prove that your old psu failed. Outside of that, the repair was ineffective- legally they have to make it right (under federal warranty). Again, if your system came from them, this may be a lemon law issue (for the system)- which they shouldn't have charged you for service, anyways. To sum it up, you've either got a lemon law issue (for system) or a warranty issue (for psu) find out about labor costs. Now that you know your options, you should have the confidence to go into that computer shop worry free; knowing you can get your system made right. If they attempt to refund your entire system - make sure that you have all critical information on that hard drive- and it's clean, before taking it in- r they can get your passwords and personal info. Also- make sure that when you make that video, you add some way of showing "PSU#1, PSU #2 etc..." You get the idea.
  13. I hope you keep that thing silent; maybe with passive heat pipes or even passive water cooling. I've seen a Mod where a guy- used a "thermal siphon" effect to water cool his system without the noise of an active pump. Basically, heat and gravity move the water.
  14. The best evidence you can have is the failed device and your purchase receipt/work order. Now, if you can also prove that you were told that this would fix your computer, and that your old PSU was responsible, you'd have a pretty airtight case. It's also a great idea to make a short video, showing that the PSU is underpowered. I recommend a video as follows: 1.Keep it short, and easy to understand. No juror or judge wants to wait through 5minutes of video for 4 seconds of useful information about something they don't care about.- no longer than a minute for your "demonstration" portion and no longer than two minutes to tell your story. 30 secs each is ideal. 2. Start with a master shot, and list your system components as you zoom through your innards- with messed up PSU fully installed. 3. Start your system, and show the fan's behavior. 4. Turn off system, and plug in other (nearby to save time) psu- even if only to the fans- then start system. This shows that the fans are not the culprit. 5. Tell your story. -if you did it right, your vid will be shorter than the length of time that it took to read the above. Be ready to post it on youtube, with a title like "company x computers worst computer shop in California! - do not go there!". But don't. Also be ready to call your local news channels, and the BBB. all this stuff is free; filing a lawsuit is not. you also want to give the company a chance at fixing their mistake. Don't do any of these until you've given them a chance. Next step. Go to the shop, with your system and COPIES of your receipt, dressed like you would for a date or church. Seriously, people dress like this to get what they want, and you want your money or a high end PSU. Explain what's happening (be nice-smile a lot). Shop keep may offer a refund of the PSU. DO NOT TAKE IT! You want your labor fees refunded too. You are fighting for your $120! If the shop keep is merely an employee, you will then be introduced to the manager/owner. Stay nice; more smiles- you want them to like you! They will treat you better and be more eager to help! Re-explain your story to the manager. Again, stay nice, do your best to make him want to help you. Don't be a push over- or you'll get taken as a sucker. Look confident. If he's a good business man, he may give a you an upgrade to a superior PSU with free installation. Only accept if it's a name brand. Silver stone, CM, Corsair, antec, evermax, OCZ are all big brands. Ultra brand can be iffy- accept at own risk. Do not accept any a-power, codegen, logisys, or any other PSU's that are light in weight. 9 times out of ten, high weight = better psu. If he still gives you trouble. Ask to see the best psu he's got. Make sure to stay nice, and try telling him personal, positive anecdotes- the longer you talk to him, the more he will care about you; and want to do good things for you. If it ain't twice as heavy as your PSU, it's a POS. If he's got a reasonable replacement, you may want to negotiate things like, free install, extended warranty, store credit, etc. (store credit is worth twice as much as cash to him, and half as much to you unless he's got stuff you want). Make sure that whatever you negotiate, you at least break even- including labor in your in head calculations. Thank him for being reasonable. If he doesn't have a decent PSU, demand a complete refund, including labor. Drop the nice guy act, and be "stern". Don't accept any more "offers". Stay cool, and confident-be the alpha dog- but don't make any personal attacks. He may say "that's unreasonable," or "i'm doing the best I can for you". That's a lie. The best he can do is give you a complete refund, and apologize for the inconvenience! He's lucky that you're his customer! Running a business is about offering a service to people. If he doesn't understand that, he doesn't deserve you as a customer! Remind him of this fact, and if he doesn't open that cash register- tell him everything you are "prepared" to do- including file a law suit - which would cost him more to defend than it would to just give you a full refund. Do not engage in any squabbling or bickering. If he still refuses to satisfy his customer, look him dead in the eye and calmly say, "so be it", or something to that effect. you've given him every chance. Grab your system and any documents you brought in. Walk gently out the door and to your car. With full intent in knowing what your going to do. You may hear "WAIT! Okay, I'll give you a refund." But, don't expect it, nor should you act like you expect it. If he doesn't , then do everything you are 'prepared to do'. FYI - I've had situations like this. I'm speaking from experience. I've never had to take things beyond walking out the door. BTW- walking out the door can save you several thousand dollars on buying a car -Da pimp
  15. Impressive design. Looks simple enough to mass manufacture; makes you wonder why no one does.