My Dell Gen3 XPS system bit the dust this week. I'm putting a new system together in the next day or so, so I'm not terribly worried about this, but I'm wondering if I can salvage the XPS and components.....
I pulled the video card (ATI X800XT) when I started having freeze-up issues last week. I popped in a GTS 250 and ran for a bit. Wound up getting nervous that the 460W PSU wouldn't power the GTS, so I popped the ATI back in. Froze again, and this time... no boot possible. I pulled videocard, ram, sound card, fans and all.... and I was about to see if I could get some life into the system by hooking up a 375W PSU when I pulled out the cables from the mobo, lookie what I see:
Plug from PSU
It's hard to see, but it looks a little brown here too:
Now, the question is... PSU or Mobo went? I guess the only way to find out is to hook up the PSU and run barebones. The problem: Dell is a bunch of f**ktards. (excuse my french). The PSU they put in this unit is, not easily accessible, it's bottom mounted, and it's not a standard box. The cables run the entire bottom length of the box, up the side panel, and back to the MoBo. The 375W unit is your standard boxy PSU with about 6 inches of cable. I'm not having and easy time (and might not even be able to at ALL) hooking up the connectors. So, before I pull the MoBo out and do a benchtest, anyone have any suggestions?
EVER!!!! will I buy a Dell again. (until I'm too old to know better....