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Burning smell coming from the case after installing a brand new GTX 650

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February 7, 2014 11:00:11 AM

As the title suggests, I installed this GPU and got the weird smell. I checked it for stability and temperatures in furmark and it never went above 65C. Could this be a PSU problem? I have 400W PSU and here's my non-power hungry build:

Intel i3-540 not overclocked (this chip is about 4 years old)
Samsung HD 120IJ
Asus P7H55-M LX
2X2GB Hyperx blue
February 7, 2014 11:08:08 AM

What brand and model of PSU?
"weird smells" are not good
February 7, 2014 11:09:34 AM

230V-50Hz/60Hz 3A
+5V -5V +12V -12V +3.3V +5VSB
16A 0.5A 21A 0.5A 17A 2.0A
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February 7, 2014 11:19:36 AM

It might very well be the PSU: Cheap units usually fail to deliver their rated output so the new card may be overloading it. I think a replacement would be a VERY good idea...Look for 450-500W from Corsair, Seasonic, Silverstone, XFX, EVGA, Antec or FSP.
The other possibility is that the new card is just settling in, most cards will give off a sweet 'metallic' smell when new, in which case it will go away after a few days.
February 7, 2014 11:21:48 AM
according to this site you are barely ok, but even if you weren't I'd wouldn't expect a burnt smell unless it is really a horrible PSU with no protection whatsoever (they are known to exist). Try really hard to locate the smell, who knows what's up?
February 7, 2014 11:27:04 AM

21 amps? that is only 252 watts on +12

Not good at all for a "400w" PSU
February 7, 2014 11:31:21 AM

Hey, thanks for your answers! I just noticed that the smell is coming directly from the PSU. That must be it then, I must find time and money to buy a new one. In the meantime do you think I should remove the GPU and switch back to the integrated graphics?
February 7, 2014 11:32:10 AM

I would, otherwise you are risking blowing things up.