With the current random shutdown issues I was able to rule out just about everything by swapping out parts with my gaming PC except the power supply. I started thinking maybe because of the new quad core processor and hard drive my power supply might not be up to snuff so I decided to grab a new one. I didn’t want to take any chances so I decided to get a name brand power supply this time around and had a few brands in mind. I headed out to my local Micro Center and ended up getting a smokin deal on an Enermax power supply.
I picked up an Enermax Liberty 550 watt modular power supply. It was on orange sticker clearance and it was the last one left. The price was $65 but I couldn’t see what it was marked down from so I used their computers to check Newegg and they had it listed for $109 so I knew I was getting a great deal. To make the deal even sweeter when I was checking out I was presented with a $20 REBATE !!! So I got a $109 Enermax for $45, yep best deal of the year.
The power supply didn’t make a different on the random shutdowns but I did eventually figure it out. The problem was that the board needed a BIOS update and then all was well. After I was able to get it all back up and running I once again installed Windows 7 but this introduced a new issue. Everytime anything would come on the TV that was mostly white I would hear a high pitched noise and the TV signal would scramble a bit. I randomly had this issue in the past and thought it was due to bad grounding of my house wiring but now I was getting it on every channel all of the time. After some researching I found this was common on ATI tuners of this model prior to an ATI update that was released quite some time ago. I’m guessing they fixed it for Vista but not Windows 7 and unless I wanted to wait on ATI I was boned. I decided its time for a look at the current TV tuners. Check out the shots of the new Enermax posted below.