Today when I was finished putting together my new PC rig for the first time I powered it up time and the case fan / CPU fans spun for a half second or so and then nothing, no leds turned on, etc.
On about my twentieth trouble shooting step, which involved resetting the CMOS, I flipped the power switch once again and as usual the fans spun for a second, a strange whirring noise emitted from the PS, and I smelled burning plastic. I couldn't tell if the smell came from the PS or the CPU but it was definitely from one of those two.
I'm about to RMA the PS to NewEgg but before I do I'd like to know if anyone on TomHW has any experience with this sort of problem. Any ideas?
RAM: 2x2gig G Skill DDR3 1600(PC12800) dual channel
Secondary Storage: WD Caviar Black 5001AALS
Optical Drive: Samsung 22X DVD-R
Power Supply: CoolMax CU 700-B 700W ATX 12V
I've gone through dozens of trouble shooting steps so far and have narrowed it down to either the mobo or the PS. I'm leaning towards it being the PS as half the reviews on Newegg claim that this PS arrives DOA consistently.
You could just stick your nose right up to both parts and see which smells worse...
My nose confirmed that it was the PS. I belive it was you Admiral that cautioned me against buying that particular PS in the first place. Damn I wish I'd have listened to you. Oh well, I guess lesson learned.
I guess now would be a good time to ask what you guys/gals think about power supplies. What would give me the best bang for my buck for under $50 and would allow me to later throw a video card on my mobo a few months down the line?
Usually one or another of the Antec Earthwatts PSUs is <$50; right now it is the 380W model, but a few weeks ago the 430W version was also <$50. Either of those would be able to power a HD5750; probably a HD5770.
But yeah, Coolmax = Chokemax; I think Jonnyguru found an exception, but it wasn't that one.
I'm realizing now that I'm going to be spending around $70 - $80 for something worthwhile. I'm ok with that so long as it runs well and I never have to think about it again once I install the thing. Thanks for all of your replies!