New computer power supply blew-up.

January 2, 2009 at 19:36:17
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Pro Edition, 3GHz core2duo / 4GB
Hello and thanks for your help,

2 days ago built new system with green 650 power supply. It fried this afternoon. Doing lots of things at once but nothing major. Internet explorer, reading files, music. Had been running alot since boot, just playing around and enjoying.

Question - when replaced, what to look for to prevent happening again, assuming something wrong and not faulty power supply. Also, what would cause this?

Should I accept across the board replacement or get something different?

-lg blu-ray drive new
-lg multi drive not new, from another machine
-ati radeon hd 4850 video card by sapphire
-ocz 4gb ram
-wd 10krpm 300gb hard drive master new
-wd 10krpm 70gb hard drive slave not new, from another machine
-generic all-in-one card reader

no floppy

-cheap iMicro case exchanged 420w power supply with green 650w at Computer Parts of America

-bose computer speakers from Sam's
-regular envision monitor from Sam's

This was the 4th system I've built and all have worked perfectly.

Please advise,


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January 2, 2009 at 19:51:51
Is this the one? It's a $28 power supply, what did you expect?

I'll never understand why someone will throw 100's & 100's of dollars at high end components but when it comes to the PSU, arguably THE most important piece of hardware in a PC, they buy an el-cheapo.

Protect your investment:

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January 2, 2009 at 20:16:30
Yes, you are right. I just hope it didn't take anything with it.

I bought it because it was the only one they had.


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January 3, 2009 at 00:52:02
Who is 'they'? If you are not overclocking, you probably do not need 650w running around. I would find something on Newegg that comes with a rebate, around $50 level.

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January 3, 2009 at 08:09:46
jam, give the guy a list to choose from.

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January 3, 2009 at 10:53:51
They is Computer Parts of America and since I'm always adding this or taking away that on my other computers I'd rather have more than less. I've run raids and presently have an esata box with 4 drives connected to another computer. Was thinking of bringing that over. It contains most of my music and pictures.

My son plays online games and is always buying new games. I'm sure the new ones can be taxing on a system.

The ps jam linked to is on sale and has a rebate plus it is a killer. I might as well go for it.

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