questionsis $85 a reasonable price for a power supply for…

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If labor is included $85 isn't that bad. Normally any standard ATX power-supply is $20 online, probably $40 in the store. But a 10+ year old Vaio could use something proprietary, I have no clue unless I saw it. You'll definitely be saving yourself a headache if you're not sure what you're doing, and if they mess something up, it's their fault. Just make sure that whoever installs it doesn't try and upsell you on some BS you don't need.

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@eraten: Thanks. The $85 doesn't include the labor, it's just the cost of the part. I bought a Groupon which covers the labor cost on a single computer repair of any kind, so that's what's paying for the labor. I was kind of thinking the same thing about it needing some kind of special part being so old. I paid about twice market some years back for RAM on an aging laptop.

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Nooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!

Life time warranty for $15 before rebate.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzolRkN7Eew
and
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1147662&CatId=106
Or if you need it
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1147665&CatId=106

Or get the cheapest PC you can find. 10+ year old pc is old, but I understand the love.

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What caffine dude said. If you can replace a wall switch in your house you can change a power supply. all the connections inside the computer are keyed so you can't hook anything up wrong. the power supply itself is usually just held in with 4 phillips screws from the back of the computer. its a 10 minute job.

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Replacing the power supply is easy. The problem is that many of the big PC makers (Sony, Dell, HP) do not use a standard ATX power supply, but rather proprietary ones that you can't replace easily. See if you can find the power supply for your model. If you can't find it, or it costs that much, I'd ditch it. There are plenty of deals here for a few hundred that will make you happier.

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That does sound pretty expensive to me. I think a DIY job (or a friend) would be much cheaper.

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How much do you need the system? I know it's wasteful to throw out a PC just for a bad PS, but you would likely be better served long-term by buying a new PC and moving your HD to it. You can probably pick up a decent desktop for ~$400 or so that would be (at least) 10x faster than your old one.

Besides, if you replace your PS, you'll next be waiting for your CPU to burn out. Or your video card. Or your HD. Or your motherboard.

You do have a backup of your important files from that system, right? Right??

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@lparsons42: The only important thing on that system is a couple of programs, one of which I paid money for, that I don't have backups of. I do need a computer in that slot, I have two task-specific desktops, one a very minimal system and one this old machine, and it would be inconvenient to lose either. Each has a pretty simple job to do and doesn't need to be super smart or fast to do it. I use my laptop and my tablet for mobile, versatile or complex tasks. Right now the laptop is filling in for the Sony and it's a PITA to have it tied up. I was looking at a small desktop at Costco today that was $400 for what is probably 5x the Sony in half the size. But it would also cost 5x as much to buy as to fix the Sony, and the Sony is adequate to my needs.

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@moondrake: That's an understandable perspective, I'm just urging you to keep in mind that other components on your old Sony desktop will fail due to age in the not-too-distant future as well. I would highly recommend planning to move the hard drive from it to a newer PC in a year or less to insulate yourself from the likelihood of the MB and/or CPU failing as you are approaching the life expectancy of those.

And of course, backing up your hard drive after it has failed generally doesn't work well, either...

On top of that, if the Sony is on regularly, a newer system would likely be so much more power efficient that the money saved in electricity usage could help offset part of the cost difference as well. A 10-11 year old system is likely running a Pentium4 or so, which were not even vaguely efficient CPUs in comparison to what we have now.

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we can look up your PS to see if it is standard what is you PC's model number? I thought that proprietary crap was a thing of the past. (then again it is 10 years old)

10 year old pc is sub 2000mhz with single core and what, about 512 memory?
Perhaps you can find a freebie?

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It's still at the shop on the far side of town so I do';t have model and serial numbers. I have to send my friend after it, they aren't open on the weekends and their hours are shorter than the office hours where I work so I can't do business with them directly. It's a little mom and pop place. But your comments and looking through the BF ads are making me reconsider. I really don't want to drop a lot of $$ right now on a new machine, but ya'll make some fair points about continued life expectancy, power usage, etc. I see some halfway decent desktops for about $400 that would be way more machine than I need for this one's task, so maybe that's a better route. I'll call them on Monday to see if they have already started work and if they haven't I will cancel it.

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Here is a decent desktop for $180 with free shipping at Walmart. I have an older version of this pc and it has worked great.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/21670069?adid=22222222227015745079&wmlspartner=wlpa&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=&wl3=19215432910&wl4=&wl5=pla&veh=sem#Product+Reviews

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@moondrake: They may charge you an 'I touched it fee'.
Ask if they have a less expensive power supply for the machine.