Regarding the computer I originally posted about, I think I'll be going for the new PSU option. If the motherboard isn't at fault, the only change I'll make is the PSU, but obviously if the PSU isn't the problem, I'll replace the motherboard (and CPU etc.? there doesn't seem to be such old technology for sale these days
) - the question is, what PSU to buy!
I'm not sure of the current wattage (can this be determined from software, or by looking at it with the computer's case merely open?). Would ebuyer's "extra value" (or extra value gold) range be OK? I'm thinking along the lines of: this
(Â£5.99/300W)? Or alternatively, what about maplin's range, e.g. this
I have picked the cheapest that seem to be compatible (I know little about such hardware), ebuyer seems much cheaper, but there's a maplin nearby (5-10 mins in the car). (The local store had a PSU/case deal for Â£25 last week - I don't know if it's still on, seemed a good deal.) Are these cheaper models a Bad Thing
, or should they be fine as the system isn't exactly a high spec, latest kit for games etc. machine?
If the worst comes to the worst and the PSU wasn't at fault, would these PSUs be compatible with newer motherboards etc.? I would be trying to upgrade (replace with similar specification kit) as cheaply as possible, the current specs are fine for it's usage, so I wouldn't be getting top-spec PSU-beating equipment!
Oh, and any other suggestions for other/better retailers?