Originally Posted by kungfuelmo
Hmm okay then, Because it just came perfectly working out of a 2GHz Athlon dual core build. But i guess it isnt a top quality PSU, And it is old.. But since it was low wattage, How would that be able to fry my componenets since they need more power than the PSU can even give?
When a crap power supply is overloaded, one of the major silicon components (switching transistors or rectifiers or whatever) may fail catastrophically. This causes a major voltage spike that can cause serious damage to anything downstream of it. Pops capacitors, fries MOSFETs, bricks ICs, etc. Often kills motherboards, graphics cards, and hard drives. Poor PSUs often lack, or poorly implement, basic protections like OVP and OCP that would otherwise shut the PSU down to limit the damage done.
From what I can find your power supply is a cheap piece of fecal matter bundled with a cheap-ass generic case. I can't find any precise details, or even decent pictures; but such units are generally decade-old designs built in aging factories with the cheapest components possible and can rarely provide more than 250W regardless of what's on the label, and rarely even do that within the ATX specifications.Edited by Phaedrus2129 - 1/12/11 at 10:35pm