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The ‘Dell’ ‘G5 Gaming Desktop PC’ Is Woefully Short Of ‘Juice’ & Cooling.

by Anura Guruge


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Yes, another year has gone by & I have still NOT got myself a new PC. This is CRAZY. I appreciate that. I really am on borrowed time now. This PC is 11-years old! 11-years old.

It is NOT funds. Mainly that I have been too busy. I wrote & published 4, 5 or 6 books last year. I really am not sure as to how many. It was at least 4. That much I know.

So, I am yet again in PC shopping mode. I have now decided I am going to buy one online. I just CANNOT find a local person that I am comfortable with.

I happened to look at the Dell G5.

All the specs — highly customizable — are GOOD, bar the cooling fans & power supply (PSU). Dell does NOT let you UPGRADE them.

The PSU & the cooling is BARELY adequate. Yes, of course, it will work, BUT you really are ‘on the knife edge’.

You are close to the top limit of the PSU & the cooling is a joke.

So, I Googled. I was right.

The G5 will RUN HOT & I do NOT like HOT PCs. Many things I like hot, BUT NOT PCs.

So, I am giving YOU a HEADS UP so that you won’t get into trouble.


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by Anura Guruge


Specs For The New PC I Am Hoping To Have Built.

by Anura Guruge


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My current (main) PC is old. Very old. I won’t even say how old it is because I do not want to jinx myself. It is way old.

I was, this time last year, working on getting a new PC when I busted my knee. The PC fell by the wayside.

But, I am back to specing a new one out.

MAIN change is that — after our horrible experience with them — I have ditched the ASUS motherboard in favor of ‘Gigabyte’. I am told that their motherboards are solid.

Yes, it is way, way over-speced! SMILE.

No, I do NOT game. Never have, never will. Computer gaming has never had any appeal for I. Do not see what folks see in it.

This PC is for Web research, blogging, WRITING, stock trading and posting pictures! SMILE.

Yes, it is at least 8x more powerful than it needs to be, BUT I believe in over-speced PCs.

My current PC was similarly over-speced. Hence its longevity.

This new PC could very well be MY last PC!

Looking back, given the amount of work I do on them, 7-days a week, I haven’t had that many PCs. In a way it is scary.

But, before I get this built, I have to finish my latest book. SMILE.

I will keep you posted.


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by Anura Guruge


Defunct 700 Watt OCZ ModXStream Pro Power Supply Gets Repurposed As A Modern Art, High-Tech Mobile For Father’s Day.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> It really was the 700W OCZ power supply — June 10, 2013.
>> My main PC blew up! — May 31, 2013.
>> Newegg rather than TigerDirect for PC components — May 31, 2012.


So when the OCZ 700 Watt power supply was replaced on June 10th, I gave it to Devanee given that, if she is in the mood, she likes to take things apart and see what is inside.

I noticed that over the next few days that Deanna and both kids were busily involved in dismantling this unit and putting all the pieces on various trays. They told me they were building something. Then as Sunday approached they intimated that they were building me something for Father’s Day with the parts.

So on Sunday I got this. It is very nice. Very impressive. A good use of a dead power supply.

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It Was Indeed The 700 Watt OCZ ModXStream Pro PowerSupply That Blew Up!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


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>> My main PC blew up! — May 31, 2013.
>> Newegg rather than TigerDirect for PC components — May 31, 2012.


The deceased 700 Watt OCZ ModXStream Pro.

The deceased 700 Watt OCZ ModXStream Pro. Though it is a modular it appears that the original person that built my PC didn’t remove the unused cables. No great harm. There was room in the case.


12 days after it blew up [10 full days in reality] I finally had my main workhorse PC finally repaired – having to wait for a new power supply (which did come very quickly) and making time to get to Concord Radio Shack to get some momentary ON switches just in case it was the switch. I made it to Concord Friday. So Dave Nix came this morning. It turned out to be the power supply. I have never had a power supply go bad on me. Plus, this was no ‘cheapo’ unit. It was a $90 power supply in November 2009, albeit with a $10 rebate (though I am not sure whether I ever got that)

The original order in November 2009 for the 700 W power supply that blew up.

The original order in November 2009 for the 700 W power supply that blew up.


Per Dave’s advice I got an even BIGGER power supply — PC folks, without exception, always swearing, when it comes to power supplies that bigger is always better. So now I got a 750 Watt. I did a fair amount of checking. Found that a good ‘single rail’ is better than a mediocre ‘dual rail’ — and the older one was dual rail. Fols tell me that this PC really soaks up power given the i7, the fairly decent video card and the 7 fans.

I have to say that the new Rosewill HIVE-750 looks like a work of art. Though most hardware does nothing for me, just looking and feeling this unit makes you realize that it is a cut above the rest. Furthermore, all the cables came inside a nifty, reusable zippered case! I was impressed. So I notice that price wise both supplies,  50 Watts and 3.5 years apart, were the same price — and Newegg gave me FREE shipping on this unit. Thank YOU, Newegg, especially since the unit was here within 2 business days! Newegg certainly has my attention again. Having an extended warranty would not have helped. The old unit, to be fair, lasted 3.5 years and this PC is on at least 355 days a year, typically for 16 hours a day, so that is 355 x 16 x 7. Yes, the quoted MTBF, as ever, is far greater, but I guess I cannot complain. That said I still feel a bit ‘uneasy’. Given the two fans that died plus the power supply I now realize that I have spent just over $500 on repairs for this PC in 2013 — not counting the 25″ monitor that died. My eldest daughter points out correctly that I could have bought a new PC for that — albeit nowhere close to the specs on this one. But, I am going to start cutting my losses on this PC. 

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Newegg Rather Than TigerDirect Might Be Better Option For PC Components. Check Both Out.

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 ..by Anura Guruge


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>> My main PC blew up! — May 31, 2013.


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Over the last few years when it comes to computer and peripherals I have been going directly to TigerDirect. They have been good. Really no problems. They tend to have a good selection of refurbished machines and that has been a major draw. But, because of this automatic gravitation towards TigerDirect I have been remiss about checking out Newegg.

I discovered today that Newegg can definitely out do TigerDirect on certain items — in this case a 750W power supply.

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Since I might have blown my power supply last night, I have no choice but to have a replacement unit in hand before Dave Nix comes to take the ‘dead’ PC apart. I spoke with him, of course, this morning. It is possible that it is not the power supply. It could ‘just’ be the momentary on/off power on button or the printed circuit board (PCB) underneath. I am getting a dreadful feeling that it is that PCB. I spent 90 minutes today trying to locate a spare PCB for that 3.5 year Thermaltake Element S case. No luck. So if it is the PCB I will have to get a new case. It will NOT be another Thermaltake! That is for damn sure. They did not impress me today.

Dave reckons that given the brawn of the ‘dead’ system even 700 Watts (which is a lot) might have been pushed to its limit! So he suggested I get an even bigger P/S. 750W. Think about. You know how bright and hot a 150 W light bulb is. This is 5 times that! Fortunately, even though it is rated 750 W it is not burning 750 all the time. 750 is what it can deliver.

Anyway, by habit I went to TigerDirect. There prices are OK. They offered free shipping (and P/S are heavy) but you had to sign-up (as with Amazon) for a ‘$79’ prime account. Screw that. Decided to check Newegg.

3.5 years ago I bough ALL the components for the now ‘dead’ PC from Newegg. They were good. Gave me 12 months of 0% interest credit. So, I have an account and all of that with Newegg.

Newegg, of course, had comparable 750W power supplies (with modular design to boot), ‘a bit cheaper’ but with genuinely free shipping. So I ordered through them. Henceforth I will check both Newegg and TigerDirect out though I now have an idea as to how it works: TigerDirect is better on built/refurbished system, Newegg, per their original claims from decades ago, excels when it comes to components.

Just wanted to share with you.

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My Main PC, My Workhorse, Blew Up. Yep! Blew Up When I Powered It Up. Rather Sad.

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I am sure this was a first for me. Though I use PC for long periods a day, I don’t ever recall a computer blowing up on me or fizzling out. I guess I was just lucky.

The computer that blew up was 3.5 years old. Had to replace 3 fans on it a couple of months ago. But it appeared to be doing fine.

I used it for a few hours this morning with no problems. Shut it down around 1 pm since we had a bunch of things to do. We didn’t get back home till about 9 pm. Around 10 pm I pressed the on button to power it up and it went ZAAPPPPP and sparks flew out from the button. Was not a pretty sight. No burning smell. Just light a bulb blowing. I guess it is the power supply. The PC had a fairly brawny, high-end, 700 Watt power supply. Not sure whether it fried the motherboard etc.

I had a backup PC, which is what I am using. Nowhere close to the specs of the original but it has a dual monitor video card and has Windows 7. I had configured it to be as close to the other one in terms of the software. Using Chrome with its auto-synch across machines helped. I was delighted how quickly I could get the backup running. Had to call TDS for a bit of help setting up the Static IP address but they helped out quickly and it was smooth and quick. Installing the HP printer was a bit more hassle. Then remembered how to do that too.

So tomorrow I will call David Nix and see where we go from here. I am bit bummed but doing better than I expected. This PC, a refurbished Lenevo unit from TigerDirect that costs 1/4 the price of the other, does quite well. So maybe the secret is to get a less powerful machine. I will keep you posted.