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Power Supply Burned Out/Smoke

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September 9, 2011 12:08:55 AM

Hey guys, first time posting here so I'm not sure if this is the right area to ask the question.

Anyways, about 6 months ago I built a new PC. I bought the parts from the local Micro Center and put it together myself.

Everything had been working fine for the last few months, but this morning I had a burning smell coming from my computer. I couldn't figure out where it was coming from and my temperatures seemed fine. After an hour or so, I shut down and went on with my day. When I came home this afternoon, I turned the computer on and I got the smell again. But once again, nothing felt hot and the temperatures seemed fine.

After leaving it on for 3 hours or so, I noticed the smell got stronger and all of a sudden my PC shut off and I noticed smoke coming from the corner of the power supply. I quickly unplugged all my cables from the back of the PC. It's been an hour or so and it still smells bad, but I have not turned the PC on since then. I figure the PSU is completely dead.

What I want to know is that if it is okay to just replace the PSU and continue to use the PC as normal or do I have to build an entire new rig? It doesn't seem like the CPU, GPU or MoBo have been damaged and I don't have another PC to test them out on to make sure.

Here are my specs to help a little:
CPU: Intel i7 950 3.07GHz
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X58 1366 ATX
RAM: Corsair 12GB 1333
GPU: EVGA GTX 460 SE
PSU: OCZ 700W StealthXstream

Any and all help is appreciated guys.

Thanks!
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September 9, 2011 1:22:49 AM

Just replace the PSU. Normally nothing else should be damaged.
September 9, 2011 1:51:27 AM

The stealth xstreams are known for burning out. Contact OCZ they have a 3 year warranty and they will replace it with a new one most likely the fatality 750 modular one like they did for me.
September 9, 2011 2:53:26 AM

You could always check the capacitors to see if they've been damaged on the motherboard (if it has any...I have an old MoBo...), but I had the same thing happened. A new PSU should be fine but you can also test each component in a different computer if you're worried.

BestBuy would do it, just don't let them toy around with it for longer than 20m. Labor fees. :( 
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