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

CrankyOldBugger crankyoldbugger at gmail.com
Mon Apr 7 11:19:56 EDT 2014


I was just going to say.. the last video card I bought insisted on at least
a 750W power supply.




On 7 April 2014 11:09, Darcy Casselman <dscassel at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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