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So I have a 650watt Antec Truepower Trio. It's decently old. Maybe a year or so old.

ANYWAYS I am always worried that when it goes out it will take everything with it, my computer isn't on 24/7 and I have zero issues with it......but like does that happen very often? Is it worth replacing them until they go out?

Thanks
~im a bit of a worryer <_<
post #2 of 15
Power supplies generally last a long time unless u get the crappy ones e.g OCZ stealthXstream. Ive had heaps of psu's over a good 4 years and none of them have broken down.
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I was still using a 550 Antec Truepower 2.0 on my sig rig (except with 3870) from early 2006 until about October..
Now it's chugging away in the fileserver..

If you have a decent one they should last >5 years.
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post #4 of 15
it could go out now or 10 years from now. And at a slow or fast rate. If you have a higher quailty PSU more likely it should last for a while. Only problem that happens with PSUs is that the older they get the less they are able to perform like the did when new. And from the looks of it your prob not drawing to much from it and if your not running it 24/7 then i wouldnt worry to much about it really. But if your really worried about it tho replace it every 4-5 years just for good measure i would say.
 
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post #5 of 15
They do reduce power output with age, so it depends on what's attached to it, i.e. how much draw is on the unit. If after x years the decayed power output is say 400 watts but the draw is 450W then you'll have issues.
It does take a number of years to decay though. even at 24/7 operation you're unlikely to see decay of a loss any significant amount even after five or so years... so don't worry you are very safe for some time to come.

Most people upgrade products out of want well before the components have seen their usable life.
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post #6 of 15
My 300w Dell PSU (Delta) from my old rig still works in my HTPC, and its like 10 years old XD
post #7 of 15
My PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk. II has a 7 year warranty. May last much longer.
post #8 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mercfh View Post
So I have a 650watt Antec Truepower Trio. It's decently old. Maybe a year or so old.
Wow, that's about as ancient as a GTX 480.

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~im a bit of a worryer <_<
Hate to break it to you, but the sky is falling.
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post #9 of 15
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Im more concerned with the PSU itself taking out components when it goes
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I never had a issue of PSU taking out the components, if anything it saved my PC components.. That that was the fault of the power company which caused surges in power.
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