Hello, i just built a new computer and i'm concerned about this smell... It is from the power supply no doubt about it, but its new. The smell is like a noodle smell, or burning smell, and i only get it when im gaming. When i run BFBC2 the power supply really heats up becuase i think the graphics card (Galaxy GTX465) is taking alot of power because it requires 2 PCI-E connectors. Is this just a burn in period of a new computer or is this something i should worry about. I do not get the burning smell when the computer is idle. Your input would be nice. COMPUTER SETUP:
AMD ATHLON X4 620 @3.25GHZ
RAM: GSKILL 4GB OF DDR1600 RAM
GRAPHICS: GALAXY GTX 465 1GB OF VRAM
PSU: LOGISYS Computer PS600XBK 600W ATX12V SLI Ready Power Supply Black w/ 120mm Ball Bearing Fan
LINK FOR PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD: 500GB GREEN WESTREN DIGITAL
As a note, no other part is overheating in the computer. Infact, under load my Athlon only gets to 35c my gpu overclocked 55c.
The LOGISYS Computer PS600XBK is a low quality power supply unit.
The maximum DC current capacity of its single +12 Volt rail is only 25 Amps.
Some of the high quality 600 Watt power supply units are able to provide a maximum DC current capacity of 40 Amps or more on their +12 Volt rail(s).
A reference (not overclocked) GeForce GTX 465 draws 16.7 Amps maximum from the +12 Volt rail under full GPU load. This leaves you with only 8.3 Amps on the +12 Volt rail to power things like CPU, hard disk drives, etc.
The power supply wattage is not the primary specification you should be considering when selecting a power supply. These days the maximum DC current capacity of the +12 Volt rail(s) is the critical specification to consider because of the power requirements of discrete graphics cards.
The moral is don't skimp on the quality of your power supply unit. When they fail they can destroy other devices connected to them.