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My PSU just exploded in a bright light.

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I crapped myself, but it should have been able to handle my system it was 500W. I was wondering what are the chances that my graphics card has been destroyed?

Oh well guess it's back to the laptop for now
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  1. Kotonoha's Avatar
    That's what you get for buying a cheapass PSU!

    (Unless it was not a cheapass PSU)
  2. Mr. House's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kotonoha
    That's what you get for buying a cheapass PSU!

    (Unless it was not a cheapass PSU)
    A 500W PSU cost about 30-60 USD (depending on where you shop). Just do the conversion and you'll find the cost.
  3. Dark Pulse's Avatar
    A $30-60 PSU is a cheapass PSU.

    You want quality that won't generally explode? Start at $100.
  4. Mr. House's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Pulse
    A $30-60 PSU is a cheapass PSU.

    You want quality that won't generally explode? Start at $100.
    When Darpoles states something computer tech related, you know he's bound to be right.
  5. Kotonoha's Avatar
    Hey, I said the same thing, just with the assumption that it was generally understood that $30 is cheap. :P
  6. Mr. House's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kotonoha
    Hey, I said the same thing, just with the assumption that it was generally understood that $30 is cheap. :P
    Yes but Admin's word has more authority over other users.
  7. Char's Avatar
    Yeah, it was the default PSU, Im gonna take my graphics card to my friends house tomorrow to see how it fared. I checked my HDD it was working fine so that's something,I guess.
  8. Dark Pulse's Avatar
    Well, it's not just your videocard you have to worry about... you also need to check your CPU, Mobo, and RAM.

    Generally speaking, though, they're supposed to be designed so that if a capacitor does blow (which is what sounds like happened), it's supposed to kill the current itself and hopefully not damage anything else.

    In practice... well, you'll just have to get a new PSU and check if the old girl POSTs.

    And this time, don't stick with the ones that come with cases. Get it from a known name - Corsair, Cooler Master, OCZ. Or just take this one. 80 PLUS Silver, known brand, and even semi-modular (unfortunately, if you want fully modular, you'd be looking more at the $150+ range.)

    Obviously you can't buy from there, given that you live in the land of the Scots, but you can certainly search for it online for some retailer that will. That puppy will last you at least 5 years, I'd say, and if you wanted to add extra videocards or whatever, it'd have room to spare.
  9. Crying_Vegeta's Avatar
  10. Char's Avatar
    Thanks for the advice. I'l look into things. I saw a Corsair 600W for 45. Might just go with that, though first Im gonna see if my warrenty will cover the damages.
  11. Crying_Vegeta's Avatar
    well, if your current rig DESTROYED your previous PSU, maybe you might consider getting something just a tad more robust?

    for example (though not a great one): I bet Darples is running close to 1000W power supply in his rig. I think i've got 700W.
    Updated August 31st, 2012 at 06:49 PM by Crying_Vegeta
  12. Char's Avatar
    Yeah but, I really though 500W wouls be enough for my rig,but yeah that is a thought.
  13. Dark Pulse's Avatar
    Remember that a power supply is less of a "supply" and more of a "converter."

    That said, 500W may well have been enough and it was just a cheap piece of shit. Regardless, the better bet is to buy something with "more than you need." And in the case of PSUs, don't buy off-brand shit.