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Is this problem from my PSU?

post #1 of 5
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Earlier today i decided to turn my system, z-5500, up all the way and like 20 seconds later i smelt something burning but the smell vanished now. However, tonight my computer case developed a "rattling" noise i guess you can call it from a fan, im not sure which fan its from but my guess would be from the psu...

Is this that bad? Should i replace it ASAP?

Btw i have a pretty old thermaltake 500w psu... i wasnt planning on spending any money on this computer because im buying a whole new gaming rig and putting this one downstairs in my house...

Suggestions? :|

And thanks for the help, you guys are awesome...
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post #2 of 5
If it is your psu, when/if it dies it may take other components with it. You should probably replace it, but only if you feel its necessary. When you pick a psu for your new system don't skimp out. Pick only trusted brands like corsair, antec, and thermaltake for example. If you go cheap you will pay more in the end. I speak from experience.
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post #3 of 5
Test with another PSU and see if the issue presists.
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post #4 of 5
A rattling noise could be a fan bearing going out. If that is the case, it won't necessarily go down with a bang, but if the fan goes out without you noticing, your PSU could overheat, which would cause some serious problems.

One suggestion to help you determine the source of the sound is to find a toilet paper or paper towel tube to use as a sound isolator. I've tracked down plenty of whiny inductors like this.
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post #5 of 5
I'd seriously consider replacing the old PSU anyway, if you intend to continue using it. The Antec EA units aren't too bad, and they're pretty cheap. Thermaltake PSUs are nowhere near good, and an older one will probably be dying by now.
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