63 months ago
I'm normally not THIS bad so I should explain how I got here... For the last 5 or 6 years I've been buying super cheap desktops that came from businesses who were lifecyling their equipment. I'd get a decent computer for a stupid low price, throw in a PSU, a GPU, and have a good computer for several years. Repeat every 2 or 3 years. I try to buy mid towers but on this one I couldn't resist getting a Core 2 Quad for such a good price... only draw back was the stupid small "slim" case.
It's a Dell 540 Slim. Could only find one acceptable power supply to power my GPU and it was at a premium price. Had to buy the low profile version of the GPU I wanted; again a premium price. However it all worked well and I was happy. It would pull 30 to 50 FPS in most games on a mix of High and Medium settings.
Then the fan goes on the PSU. So I RMA it and in a week or so I'm up and running again. Must have been a fluke. Nope... month later fan goes out again. Same symptoms too; it gets noisy, randomly stops, and eventually stops working all together. I guess they put the cheapest junk fan possible in what may be an OK PSU.
I even went so far as to RMA one more time but buy an after market fan, open up the PSU, clip the wires, and wire in a better fan. That worked for several more months but that stupid thing gave out too. Enough! I grabbed my standard ATX 800watt PSU I keep in the spare parts drawer, slapped it on the table, popped off the panel, wired it all up... and it worked great for 6 months =)
I've since took all that stuff out and put it into a nice case for my daughter. She'll have a nice Christmas =.^=