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Sparks When First Booting Newly Built PC

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September 16, 2006 8:40:18 PM

Hi, I recently built my first PC, and I connected it the mains and when I switched on the power (from the mains) I saw a spark come out from the PSU (Coming out from behind the case)

I then realised that the I/O switch was switched on before I switched the mains power on.

Does anyone know what the problem is, and if the PSU is the only thing broken?

My PSU is a Seasonic S12 600W Silent ATX2.0 Power Supply.

Thanks for the help.
September 16, 2006 8:45:03 PM

Hmm, do u know the possible reasons why this could of happend?

Is there a high chance that it killed the cpu or the mobo?
September 16, 2006 8:57:51 PM

I see, requested a RMA.

Do u think there is a high chance that the motherboard or cpu could get damaged by the psu blowing? There was only 1 spark, no smoke, the psu has short curcuiting proctection and stuff according to the manual.
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September 16, 2006 9:23:59 PM

There is also a small chance that something was accidentally shorted inside the case. After you get your new PS, do a "bench test" before installing everything in the case. Put the MB w/CPU and CPU hsf on a table or other non-conductive surface, install the RAM (but not drives) and video card, connect the PS power cables, and see if it boots up OK and you can get into the BIOS.
September 16, 2006 9:26:02 PM

Flip a coin and pray. Fifty/fifty either way.
September 16, 2006 9:47:48 PM

Your PSU is a pretty good unit and should have protected you against over voltage on the output side. But like others have said, it's 50/50 that your CPU and/or MB would escape unscathed.
September 16, 2006 9:48:22 PM

oh god, a x6800 down the drain? :( 
September 16, 2006 9:55:30 PM

You might consider getting a cheap LGA775 Celeron or something to use to test out your MB once you get the new PS, instead of using your 6800. That would also help to distinguish between a MB problem and a CPU problem if you do have problems even with the new PS.
September 17, 2006 12:12:43 PM

Hey, I was thinking of getting these:

Tagan TG580-U15 580W ATX2.01 Easycon SLi Compliant Modular Silent PSU
and a Intel Celeron D 326 2.53GHz (LGA775) for testing as Mondoman said,

Does anyone advice me on a better PSU before I order?
September 17, 2006 12:57:24 PM

Quote:
Hey, I was thinking of getting these:

Tagan TG580-U15 580W ATX2.01 Easycon SLi Compliant Modular Silent PSU
and a Intel Celeron D 326 2.53GHz (LGA775) for testing as Mondoman said,

Does anyone advice me on a better PSU before I order?


I think this one is better than the Tagan. A little pricey, but highly rated and has modular cables.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
September 17, 2006 2:00:49 PM

Quote:
Hey, I was thinking of getting these:

Tagan TG580-U15 580W ATX2.01 Easycon SLi Compliant Modular Silent PSU
and a Intel Celeron D 326 2.53GHz (LGA775) for testing as Mondoman said,

Does anyone advice me on a better PSU before I order?


I'd either replace it with the same model of Seasonic or one of the mushkin units.
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