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My power supply just exploded... is it still safe to run my computer?

post #1 of 41
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My StealthXStream 700W just made a faint popping noise and a bit of smoke, accompanied by a fried electronics smell, emanated from it. This was right after I'd switched off the power supply, then switched it back on and turned on my computer in rapid sequence.

However, the computer started up fine. I switched the power supply back off of course, but is it possible... my power supply is still okay? I've been smelling the power supply for the past 10 minutes and it's made me quite ditzy as well.
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post #2 of 41
Personally, I wouldn't chance it.
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post #3 of 41
Remove the power supply from your case.

Trash it...

Swing it around up above your head and then take out your little sister with it (DO NOT DO THIS)


Buy a new PSU -_- (or Warranty)
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cronos007;12948823 
Personally, I wouldn't chance it.

I'm chancing it. Just installed my second 6870 and I'm priming and running FurMark. Seems fine! My computer is a tad more smelly than usual though...
Quote:
Originally Posted by NitroNarcosis;12948841 
Remove the power supply from your case.

Trash it...

Swing it around up above your head and then take out your little sister with it (DO NOT DO THIS)


Buy a new PSU -_- (or Warranty)

I'd be fine with clubbing my stepsister with a jagged metal object, but after it's been in the trash? I can't respect that.
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post #5 of 41
go with your gut... mine is telling me replace the psu asap. dont chance
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post #6 of 41
Dude, it will kill all your components, just throw is out your case right now or prepare to cry.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by aaronmonto;12948842 
I'm chancing it. Just installed my second 6870 and I'm priming and running FurMark. Seems fine! My computer is a tad more smelly than usual though....

i think you will regret this.
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post #8 of 41
well if you got the money to buy a new graphics card then you must have enough money to rebuild your entire system if the power supply surges and puts 110v through your entire computer. no worries your hard drive usually make it out okay.

but yeah you blew a capacitor now its leaking across the pcb inside your power supply and will short out soon.
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post #9 of 41
My guess is a single cap exploded...prolly a filter cap for a particular voltage. May sound insignificant, but this would incur more ripple on said line. Only a matter of time until this would cause major problems.
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post #10 of 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trooper1881;12948899 
well if you got the money to buy a new graphics card then you must have enough money to rebuild your entire system if the power supply surges and puts 110v through your entire computer. no worries your hard drive usually make it out okay.

but yeah you blew a capacitor now its leaking across the pcb inside your power supply and will short out soon.

it wont short out... the coils will overload and make an earth-shattering kaboom, followed by flying computer debris and a dead man in the chair next to where the pc once was
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