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Friday, March 21, 2008

Power Supply Surprise

The 4 extra pins pop off, allowing the power supply to fit my 'old' motherboard.

I replaced the power supply in my computer last week and found a big surprise waiting for me. A totally unexpected, awesome surprise that was both awesome and unexpected.

Ever since
I got a sweet video card for my computer, I've been having problems. If I opened more than two windows or programs, my computer would freeze and the Task Manager would even crash.

I soon discovered that my power supply was a mere 250 watts, or about 1/7th the power of my hair dryer. Since my new video card required a minimum of 350 watts to run, I figured it was a safe bet my power supply was stretched to its limits and would soon explode, sending shrapnel into my poor, defenseless knees.

An I.T.-employed friend hooked me up with a new 420 watt power supply for $40. The Codegen Technology power supply boasts a super mega giant fan beneath it, instead of the typical small rear-mounted fans. It sucks air from inside the case, and redirects it out the back, keeping everything cooler overall. This massive "low noise" fan, about the size of Don Cherry's ego, is supposed to run much quieter as well, but I discovered that part wasn't true.

I also discovered a very cool surprise which sent my brain reeling back to the mid 1980s - the power supply smelled like candy. Delicious, intoxicating candy. I'm sure the plastic encased wires were not made in the Willy Wonka factory, but they smelled like they could've been.

I deeply inhaled the candylicious aroma before sealing the computer case forever. But I am weak. Weak to the power of candy. Once in a while I crack open the power supply's box, and take a sniff, then quickly shut the lid so the candy scent doesn't escape, and so that nobody catches me doing it. I like to sniff my candy in private.

It's embarrassing. I'm addicted to power supplies.

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9 Comments:

Blogger mmat said...

dang. wish i knew you needed one. i have a 450W power supply gathering dust in my basement. $40 is a decent deal though

6:42:00 PM

 
Blogger ZoeyBella said...

Oooh... "new" just looks better than "old" does... but isn't that always the way?

9:53:00 PM

 
Blogger SJ said...

It's ok you could have been the fan's fan!!!

11:41:00 PM

 
Blogger Ms. Creek said...

One thing I can always say when I read your blog post...I ALWAYS learn something...or do I???

12:09:00 AM

 
Blogger Martini said...

mmat... that sucks. Oh well. What are used power supplies worth? I think mine's just going into the garbage.

11:27:00 AM

 
Blogger Michael Manning said...

HAPPY EASTER! 2 Question: Did you lower your suspension to original specs on your DMC 12? Also, Are you staying with the Renault engine?

2:32:00 PM

 
Blogger Patti said...

Okay the computer stuff makes my eyes cross but you had me at "candylicious"!!!

10:56:00 AM

 
Blogger Katie said...

So, is this why we say "Hi Martini" we accept you as you are, here are 12 steps for you to try to break the habit?

11:12:00 PM

 
Blogger Martini said...

Thank you for the intervention?

11:38:00 PM

 

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