|This is more or less a call out for information from people who've experienced the same thing...|
I function as tech support for a local charity which had some P3s in small form factor cases (ASUS Terminator I think, with CUSC mobos) donated a few years back. These sufficed just fine for office systems, so it was never an issue. They had 3 of these.
There was also an HP Pavilion of the same 'size'.
My mother's friend brought over a very similar Pavilion, same layout again.
The problem I've found with all these systems:
They all have Bestec ATX100 or ATX120 PSUs.
ALL of those power supplies (5!!!) have EXPLODED in the past 2-3 months. I mean arcing flames...serious stuff. In a couple cases they took out all the other internal hardware at the same time, but at least one was 100% functional with a new, standard size PSU.
Has anyone had similar experiences with these Bestec units? Seems to me this is a public safety issue...
Furthermore...take this as a warning...they seem to have a rather limited lifespan and go out with a bang when they finally do go out.