[kwlug-disc] The sweet(?) smell of power supplies

Darcy Casselman dscassel at gmail.com
Mon Apr 7 11:09:36 EDT 2014


I'd agree, but she wants to do video and audio rendering.  She needs
multiple spinning platter harddrives and some specialist video capture and
sound hardware.

I was able to talk her down from needing a 750W+ power supply (she doesn't
need 3D graphics at all), but yeah, something in the 500W neighbourhood is
more reasonable.

Darcy.


On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 10:56 AM, L.D. Paniak
<ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com>wrote:

> I agree.  I have been using pico-PSU/AC brick solutions on systems up to
> 100W with great success.  For 95%+ of computing that more than enough to
> get the job done.
>
> There are many "mini-systems" of this type available:
>
> http://www.canadacomputers.com/search_result.php?checkVal0=0&subcat04=5&checkVal1=1&checkVal2=1&checkVal3=1&checkVal4=1&checkVal5=1&checkVal6=1&checkVal7=1&checkVal8=1&checkVal9=1&pagePos=0&keywords=&manu=0&search=1&ccid=1203&cPath=7_1203
>
> Especially good are the Intel NUC series (if a little more expensive).
>
> I recently bought a 430W Corsair ATX PSU and the smell of the fancy
> paint finish nearly knocked me off my feet.  It took several days to
> dissipate. I am not sure what the motivation is here.
>
>
> On 04/07/2014 10:44 AM, Jason Locklin wrote:
> > Just for fun, this would be approximately the best you can do while
> > staying safely under 150Watts and staying reasonably priced:
> >
> >> PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/3nyKO
> >> Price breakdown by merchant:
> http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/3nyKO/by_merchant/
> >> Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/3nyKO/benchmarks/
> >>
> >> CPU: Intel Core i3-2120T 2.6GHz Dual-Core Processor  ($160.80 @ Amazon
> Canada)
> >> Motherboard: MSI H67MA-E35 (B3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard  ($88.02
> @ Amazon Canada)
> >> Memory: Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory  ($79.99 @ Canada
> Computers)
> >> Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
>  ($129.99 @ NCIX)
> >>
> >> Total: $458.80
> >> Estimated Wattage: 109W
> >>
> >> Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
> >> (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 10:33 EDT-0400)
> > That would scream running Linux, but would be lacking for gaming. No
> > idea what Windows needs nowadays though. That website is too much fun.
> > Now, back to work... right...
> >
> > -Jason
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On Mon 07 Apr 2014 10:02:49 AM EDT, Darcy Casselman wrote:
> >> She has rather formidable power requirements, but we were talking about
> >> whether something like this was available. I'll pass it along. Thanks.
> >>
> >> Darcy.
> >>
> >>
> >> On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 9:51 AM, Jason Locklin <locklin.jason at gmail.com
> >wrote:
> >>
> >>> Have you thought of building a low-power system with something like one
> >>> of these:
> http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104186
> >>>
> >>> Transformer is sealed in plastic, so no dust/smell from it. Thinking
> >>> about building a system like this with one of the low-power Haswell
> >>> chips and an SSD, myself (not for the smell, I just like
> >>> power-efficient, quiet machines).
> >>>
> >>> -Jason
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> On 14-04-05 03:56 PM, Darcy Casselman wrote:
> >>>> PC hardware question, not specific to Linux, but some of you folks may
> >>> have
> >>>> ideas.
> >>>>
> >>>> My partner has some rather significant allergies and sensitivities.
>  She
> >>>> also needs to replace her 12-year-old desktop computer.
> >>>>
> >>>> In general electronics tend to be okay for her, but the power supply
> >>> seems
> >>>> to be a stumbling block.  New power supplies smell really bad,
> triggering
> >>>> her sensitivities.  And they're blowing that bad air into her living
> >>> space.
> >>>> Does anyone know of a retailer that sells power supplies that she'd be
> >>> able
> >>>> to crack open a bunch and give them a sniff-test?
> >>>>
> >>>> Is there somewhere we can look at used power supplies, preferably from
> >>>> hopefully neutral office environments (rather than, say, the homes of
> >>>> smokers or pet owners)?
> >>>>
> >>>> We're not entirely sure what it is in the power supplies that is
> >>> triggering
> >>>> her.  We know that the PVC wiring is bad (I'm not holding out much
> hope,
> >>>> but if someone knows of a manufacturer that coats their wires in
> >>> something
> >>>> other than PVC, that would be very useful to know).  But we've tried a
> >>>> bunch and haven't come up with much luck.
> >>>>
> >>>> Any suggestions would be helpful.
> >>>>
> >>>> Thanks!
> >>>> Darcy.
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>
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