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Chances Of PSU Taking Out Other Components?

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So yesterday, my PSU died. It made a pop and I saw a quick flash of light. I checked the PSU, and happened to find a torched, loose screw inside of it. I'm assuming that the screw was the cause of the failure. However, my question is if the failure could have taken out any of my components. Since it was not due to uneven voltages and such, is there a higher posibility that my HDD and mobo are fine?
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Yes there is a very high possibility. The data or your HDD is probably fine, but I would check your components one by one when you get your new PSU.
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It should be fine but reboot to check if it still dosent work try getting a new psu
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Its quite possible. Yes.

I have had instances where a PSU bit the dust and didnt harm anything else. But I have also had instances where it took other hardware with it.

Most recently my Corsair Tx650 bit the dust.... It gave me low voltages across the board with sparatic spikes. One of those spikes was enough to kill the unit and take my Crosshair V with it. Not to mention my 1Tb hard drive now makes an awfull noise upon initial spin-up.(I was able to recover all my most important data off the drive as it still spun up)

In your scenario you will have to try a different PSU and see. But if a screw inside loosened and shorted something out, I would say its quite possible voltage could have spiked and taken someting out.
Edited by mwl5apv - 1/31/13 at 6:29pm
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