OK so I about 3 or 4 months ago I bought some parts off Newegg and built my own computer, but recently I've been having problems with the power supply. The computer boots up and runs fine, but when I put it under stress I smell the power supply melting. You know, its the kind of plasticy smell. The first power supply I had came with the case it was 450w but just recently it died. So I went out to microcenter to replace it. They were having a sale for a 500w power supply for $13 after rebate. It was an MGE, I know its not top of the line but for $13 dollars you cant refuse. Well after a week it died again, so I took it back and got another one. The one I'm using has yet ro die but If for example I play a game, after 10 mins or so I can smell the plasticy smell again. On the ASUS monitor I the only thing worth mentioning is that the 12v rail goes to about 11.3 or 11.4 durring gaming. So I decided maybe it was a cooling problem cause the CPU was running at 50c idle and 65c under load. But there were times when it was higher. So I bought a new CPU fan and that lowered my temps to 37c idle and 47c uder load. But that didn't make a difference. Now I've run out of ideas could it be the CPU or maybe the motherboard is defective and is drawing too much power? I'm still under warranty so it wouldnt be a problem, but I would really like to know what is the problem so i dont have to send everything back. Oh and by the way im using 64-bit windows if that matters.
I agree with linux_0...This sounds like PS problem...its under powered....also for the fact you had 2 Generic PSs fail your Mainboard may have some issus because of the Generic PSs failing.
When buying a powersupply one needs to consider what would is cost me to replace most of the core componets that this PS is going to supply.
Reason; Generic/NoName PSs are so cheaply made that when they go they usually takes most of the componets connected with it to the trash
Enermax, Antec, and Aspire are to name a few Very Good/Reliable PSs
PS: you will spend more then $13 but you can pass it onto your kids
Thank you for all of your advice. I went ahead and ordered another power supply from Aspire as you suggested. I still went for the cheap one cause I guess that's my nature. What do you guys think? Is this going to be reliable?