Hello everyone again!
I posted a forum about a month or two ago regarding my computer. It was giving me some issues and wasn't booting up, but we managed to resolve the problem. It was around this time that I was told that my power supply was not good enough and I should really consider replacing it a.s.a.p. Well I haven't had too much money to spare for computers (yeah I'm stingy) and I was wondering if I were to buy a new PSU now, if it would be too late and the damage is done, and the CPU etc. will never run at it's peak performance.
My computer specs are:
Allied 450W (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817154010
ASUS A8V-Deluxe Socket-939 AGP
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego
Corsair PC3200 DDR 1024MB Dual Channel 3-3-3-8 (2.7v)
eVGA GeForce 6200 256MB
Maxtor 160GB 7200RPM IDE HDD
WD 120GB 7200RPM IDE HDD
2x IDE DVD/CD-R CD-ROM drives
Now I have a 2 year old PSU that I bought a while back, it doesn't have dual rails, and it is running my computer at:
I was told that an insufficient PSU could cause fatal damage to some of my hardware, and I wasn't sure if this was an instantaneous thing, or a hypothetical thing, or maybe just a draining effect. I noticed the +12V was running very underpar, and would this just cause a sluggish computer or is the damage already done? Would fixing my PSU now almost be a futile effort to save what I have?
Since I started using my computer 2 months ago with this PSU, I have noticed some sluggish performance with hangtimes on programs loading and desktop items sometimes disappearing for a few moments while the computer had time to process that I had just minimized Firefox. Also one system lockup has occurred which soon resulted in my computer rebooting itself and hanging at POST (unable to detect harddrives, had to soft-reset and it was fine after that).
I appreciate any info you can give to me. I know what I've done is bad and should never be replicated, but I haven't had the money to put into this until now and I thought I'd ask the opinion of others. Thanks!