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Burnt smell in computer, few minutes later died on me.

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July 7, 2013 9:53:45 AM

I am aware that it is my power supply for many reasons because my almost 2 year old 480w PSU was powering a 660 Ti and I smelled the PSU and it smelt burnt! I just ordered my power supply and am curious to how likely my other components (Mobo, GPU) are to have survived. I unplugged my PSU and turned it off within 5-8 minutes after it died. I would really hate to have to buy another Mobo and or GPU. The PSU was an Artic 480w with my computer being turned on 85% of the time for about 1 3/4yrs. So if you could answer the likelihood of my other components to go out I would much appreciate it. I am a novice computer "builder" and have never had a power supply go out.
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July 7, 2013 9:55:50 AM

The PSU is probably at fault. Its complete junk. Who knows what else it took down with it.
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July 7, 2013 10:11:58 AM

there's no way to answer your question - you'll have to plug in the new ps and see if anything else has been damaged
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a b ) Power supply
July 7, 2013 10:17:18 AM

Definitely a maybe, I hope not (fair chance). Just out of curiosity what did you order as a replacement?
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a b ) Power supply
July 7, 2013 10:38:59 AM

Now that you've experienced what a shady PSU can do to your system (and to your nerves), from now on, you will appreciate the quality of a PSU. Which one did you order?

Like others have said, no way of knowing if your components died until you plug in your PSU.
Keep us posted with your results. If you have any more questions, don't hesitate.
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a c 84 ) Power supply
July 7, 2013 10:50:59 AM

The poorer the quality of the power supply the more likely it is to damage other components when it fails. In the future never skimp on the power supply when you build a computer, you now know why.
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July 7, 2013 6:36:50 PM

I just want to go ahead and say that my PSU did not die in a surge and more it just died.. I've had recent manual shutdowns and power losses so I'm sure that damaged my PSU. I ordered the EVGA NEX750B 750w 80 Bronze (Yeah I know... Was spur of the moment) My main concern is the HDD as it's irreplaceable. I believe that since it did not die in a surge all the rest of my components should be fine. Please tell me how likely it is for the HDD to die in this proccess?

Thank you for you answers,
Gladmir
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a b ) Power supply
July 7, 2013 6:40:41 PM

I don't know.
Cheap PSUs do tend to kill components.
Ones that tend to die are the ones directly connected to the PSU so motherboard, GPU, hdd, and cdrom are most risk.

It is ~probably~ ok but it certainly could have killed other parts.
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a c 84 ) Power supply
July 7, 2013 6:42:22 PM

It doesn't have to be a surge for a low quality power supply to damage other parts. If you have "irreplaceable" data on a single source you should kick yourself then back it up before Murphy takes care of it for you.
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a b ) Power supply
July 7, 2013 6:42:47 PM

Once again it depends exactly how the psu broke, you might get lucky but you will NEVER know until you power up. best wishes, let us know how it goes and any hdd can have data salvaged if need be.
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a b ) Power supply
July 7, 2013 6:44:09 PM

bignastyid said:
It doesn't have to be a surge for a low quality power supply to damage other parts. If you have "irreplaceable" data on a single source you should kick yourself then back it up before Murphy takes care of it for you.

+1

Especially to an external source like an external drive, USB flash drive or a cdrom.

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July 7, 2013 6:52:37 PM

So when ever a PSU goes out it will surge all the components. I just wanted to say it started like this: In the middle of the night I manually shut down my computer (Hold power button) so I could sleep, that morning, I turned on my computer and stayed on for 10 minutes, then I realized the burning smell couldn't really locate but figured it was my computer so I shut it off immediately. I let it rest for 5 minutes maybe and then powered on again. This is when it only lasted just a few minutes [4-6 minutes] and then poof, black screen. I then tried to restart and the power light on my case was on but no boot sounds or fans running that's when I knew it was my power supply, I left it on maybe 3-4 minutes until I realized I have to turn it off. Then I unplugged everything and well yeah. I would like a few more answers on how likely my components went out and most importantly my HDD. And just a heads up for me; if my HDD did go out is there a way (Show me a link or something) to recover or retrieve my data as its... very important to me (If I get it up I will back up immediately!)
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a b ) Power supply
July 7, 2013 7:00:33 PM

Whenever a PSU fails, it is possible it takes some of the internals with it. That's why getting a good PSU is so important.

Gladimir, as much as we would love to give you an answer, we can't. There is absolutely no way of giving you a certain answer, or even a probability, because there are so many variables and so many different ways any given PSU could fail.

Sorry!

If you want to know if your data is recoverable ASAP, unplug your HDD and take it to a friend's house. Plug it into his PC and see if you can recover your data via Windows.

Keep us posted and if you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
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July 7, 2013 7:01:40 PM

Yeah I'm sorry but I'm so nervous and anxious, I just wanted other people to answer and share their experiences.
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a b ) Power supply
July 7, 2013 7:05:20 PM

I understand 100%.

You don't have access to another computer with internal sata ports? Or a HDD dock/enclosure? Or even an old power supply from an older computer?

Call in a favor from a friend, borrow his desktop!
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July 7, 2013 8:38:45 PM

Well thank you guys.. Not going to select a best answer (Yeah I know, sorry) because I thought just about all were equal and relevant.

Thank you and please feel free to right so more information about this topic as I would greatly appreciate it.
Gladmir
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July 8, 2013 6:37:02 AM

you'll have to pick a solution at some point - the forum will remind you...
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