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PSU's: Antec...ya killing me!

By mmarshall
Mar 21, 2007
  1. With only 2-3 months of use, my Antec Neo HE550 bit the dust. My case is well ventilated...no reason to an early retirement. My previous PSU...an Antec that came with my case.

    So now that I'm in the market...I'm thinking Seasonic M12 series... Anyone out there with any reason to stear me away from Seasonic??? I just want something that's gunna be reliable.

    Cheers.
     
  2. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    Seasonic is alright. You might also want to look at Enermax, FSP (Fortron), Corsair and OCZ power supplies, they are all good brands.
     
  3. mmarshall

    mmarshall TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks bud. I think I'll have a scotch myself...get me through this neverending cycle of repair!

    Cheers
     
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Truepower?
    We have never seen a bad Antec in our shop. I would contact them for a replacement... they will want to know, and you will certainly get a better one. In our experience, the Antec is a high quality device... Give them a chance to make it right... send them all the model numbers, etc. on the label.
    Go to www.antec.com then click on support...
    Any company can have a chip or component fail... even light bulbs burn out.
    Then please report back on how you are treated.
    Be sure, also, that you do not have something bad on your electrical circuits where the computer is based.
     
  5. mmarshall

    mmarshall TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Suppose your right. I contacted them already, but in so far as asking them what the meaning of the post code error (8.2.) "Enable ATX Power Supply" meant. Call me crazy, but I would have expected it wasn't the first time they were asked the question ya know. Their suggestion was to talk to Abit, but with a "not my problem" undertone....rubbed me the wrong way.

    So let me ask you, having purchased this at Fry's, I can just as easily get my refund and new selection...you think it's best to send it back to Altec in the off chance of recieving an upgraded PSU?
     
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Personally, Enermax is all I'll buy for my computers.

    I definately would stay away from Antecs, I've had a 0% (0 out of 1 :) ) success rate with them. I was in a hurry to get a build complete and was counting on my local store to have one, they didn't, out of stock, so I drove 4 hours to get one (2 there 2 back) and the thing didn't work. Power on, then off, unplugging for 10 minutes and switching the power off, then trying again worked, until reboot. It was a 400W Truepower. Replaced it with an FSP and the computer worked fine.
     
  7. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Very suprised at Antec, but the error code is definitely something that Abit would have to worry about... and may indicate that the failure is in the motherboard, with a new power supply also failing...
    If you talk to Abit, let us know.
    Again, we do work for three counties, and have always relied on Antec True Power... we also use FSP...
     
  8. mmarshall

    mmarshall TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ...and the funny thing is (actualy not that funny), is that I rebuilt my computer from the bottom up based on the notion that my mobo died...it's what my IT guy from work told me. Getting the new mobo led to new PSU, Chip, RAM and video card....quite pricy when all said and done.

    The PSU issues that I'm dealing with now have astonishingly similar symptoms as the intial issue (misdiagnosis of the mobo). 10 bucks says that if I just switched the PSU the first time....we'd not even be having this conversation and I'd have an extra Grand in my pocket! Told you it wasn't funny.

    Michael
     
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