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I believe I need to replace my Real Power 450 w/ a better unit...

When I first got my PSU unit, I had a Shuttle Nforce 2 MB w/ an Athlon XP 3200+ & an ATI 9800 Pro. Games worked OK. However, I got random shutdowns occasionally. I thought it was a PSU problem, I emailed Coolermaster tech support, but they said if the unit was working there is no problem...

I recently upgraded my PC to an Aopen Nforce3 MB w/ an Athlon 64 3700+, & BFG 6800 OC video card. Initially I had no problems, but after a couple of weeks I could not play 3D games or run 3DMark programs. I would get artifacts, freezing, crashing. I RMA'd the video card back to BFG.

My replacement video card worked OK for a few days, then one day after a few hrs of games, my monitor started flickering. When I rebooted, I started getting video related error beep codes & the monitor would not turn on. I tried the vid card in another PC & got same error codes. I am RMAing this one back to BFG today.

I did some research I believe the problem is the 12V rail is not rubust enough for my power hungry system. I need a unit that will produce at least 26A. The CM 450 only does 18A. I think my video cards went bad from a too weak 12V rail.

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You know the real power has 2 12 volt rails.. I Have one in my pentium 4 machine, let me give you some specs on it..

Intel Pentium 4 "C" 2.4Ghz @ 3.3-4Ghz

Abit IC7

Radeon 9800 pro

4 cold cathodes, 1 hard drive, 2 optical drives, 6 case fans.

The real power only ready my machine to suck in 230 watts max.. Nothing more.

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The issue is not total watts used. The power gauge does not move past 1/3 across very often. It has to do w/ the 12V rails. They don't have the headroom that my system appears to need.

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