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Lately, I have been reading A LOT about power supplies...So I've been opening up all of mine (have around 15) noticing that most of them are crap. I noticed this one looks like it's about to die or fry something but I want some professional advice...it looks like that coil and some capacitors are dead and gone?

Please note this thing has lots of miles on it, not even compressed air will get the dust off in it lol and it was made in about 2000


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Dude that thing inbetween the yellow and gray coil at mid-left is starting to creep me out.
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sticky icky. better replace it with something better.
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post #4 of 7
Several of those caps look bulged or blown...
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Originally Posted by Shub View Post
Several of those caps look bulged or blown...
Yeah, it's "done". It probably won't blow up, but due to the capacitor condition, it's all but done. Stuff may still "work" when the capacitors are going, but how well is the question. You may soon get intermittent issues, or an outright failure all at once, with no warning beforehand.

I recently went through this. My sister gave me her PC to install Windows anew on, and I opened it to clean it, and found iffy capacitors. I came here to ask about it, and it "coincidentally" died shortly after.
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Yeah, it's "done". It probably won't blow up, but due to the capacitor condition, it's all but done. Stuff may still "work" when the capacitors are going, but how well is the question. You may soon get intermittent issues, or an outright failure all at once, with no warning beforehand.

I recently went through this. My sister gave me her PC to install Windows anew on, and I opened it to clean it, and found iffy capacitors. I came here to ask about it, and it "coincidentally" died shortly after.
Hmm...Yeah I had this in my overclocked P4 rig and it had lots of random freezes and shutdowns, and a stick of RAM even died in it...I thought the overclock wasn't stable but apparently it must have been this power supply
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post #7 of 7
The freezes and shutdowns are either directly related to the PSU capacitors in the state they're in, or the RAM as a result, but it's the same thing either way. If the 3.3V line is flakey, it could be damaging RAM too. I'd take it out of service. By the looks of it, it won't last much longer anyway, and lasted long as is already. You got your use out of it.
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