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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/26/exploding_computer_vs_reg_reader/

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Yesterday my son was sitting at his desk working on a school project, when he heard a loud bang. He said it sounded like a large fire cracker. Immediately following the minor explosion, smoke rose out of the back of his desk. When I came into the room small flames were jumping out of the case's side vent and the back of the PC.

...


After examining the singed machine, I discovered that the relatively new power supply had been the source of the fire. I should have known better than to buy a cheap, no name power supply. I don't really know what caused the explosion and resulting fire, but I do know that it only took five minutes for the fire to cause that much damage. Needless to say, I'm extremely grateful that nothing happened to my son ... he usually falls asleep with the PC on.



Spending that little bit extra on a high quality PSU probably won't get you any more performance, but at least you can sleep at night knowing it probably won't try to kill you.
    
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Originally Posted by nathris View Post

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/26/exploding_computer_vs_reg_reader/
Spending that little bit extra on a high quality PSU probably won't get you any more performance ......

Actually, you can overclock better with a top quality PSU than an average one (cheap PSUs are not even considered).
Thanks for the article though +rep

EDIT: How on earth did that happen to the side of the PSU? must be ninjas...
Edited by eXXon - 11/26/12 at 8:10pm
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I really think It's stupid/tragic that most people here (I live in the Philippines) try to get the cheapest stuff they can without worrying about the possible consequences or the whole principle of 'you get what you pay for'.

It's not uncommon to see people posting want to buy ads for "500 Watt" power supplies with a budget of around $5. The $45 or so they saved from getting a decent budget PSU might cost them their lives.

I personally there should be some sort of law of some sort that prevents manufacturers from over-rating their PSUs as anyone can just stick a sticker that says '500W' on a crappy $5 power supply. mad.gif
Edited by StayFrosty - 11/29/12 at 8:49pm
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I really think It's stupid/tragic that most people here (I live in the Philippines) try to get the cheapest stuff they can without worrying about the possible consequences or the whole principle of 'you get what you pay for'.
It's not uncommon to see people posting want to buy ads for "500 Watt" power supplies with a budget of around $5. The $45 or so they saved from getting a decent budget PSU might cost them their lives.
I personally there should be some sort of law of some sort that prevents manufacturers from over-rating their PSUs as anyone can just stick a sticker that says '500W' on a crappy $5 power supply. mad.gif
Yes I totally agree ! Look for deals, but make sure they are decent PSU`s. thumb.gif
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post #5 of 14
Here's another reason

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Not exactly my own pictures, but guy i was consulting about his "problem" tongue.gif Hard to see, but it's clear that hdd circuts cought some fire.
Edited by jellybeans69 - 11/30/12 at 6:26am
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Making me very nervous about my VP450.... It wasn't exactly an expensive PSU.
 
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post #7 of 14
Nothing new here really. Buy a cheap no brand PSU and risk your entire PC.

I doubt a PSU can kill anyone though.
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Didn't you hear the story of the haunted PSU....? Killed the entire family
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There really should be some type of legal regulation that PSU's have to follow in order to actually sell a power supply as a power supply.
Edited by Boinz - 11/30/12 at 6:52am
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Not to burst anyone's bubble, but over 90% of PSU sales worldwide are the no-brand-name PSUs.
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