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Power Supply hot to touch and making "sparking" noises. Help!

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October 20, 2011 2:22:02 AM

Hi.

I recently built a new system and I noticed today after trying out a game (Minecraft), my system power supply started to make these weird "sparking" sounds. Sort of like a coarse sand grain hitting the fan and when I turned off the computer to check it out, I felt the power supply and it was really warm. Almost hot.


Is this something I should be worried about? Please help, thanks.
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October 20, 2011 2:23:56 AM

Does not sound good. Make and model of PSU please?
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October 20, 2011 2:29:56 AM

Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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October 20, 2011 2:35:31 AM

Turn off ur computer then. What components do you have attached?
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October 20, 2011 2:47:23 AM

I turned it off already.

These are the things that are attached.

Motherboard - MSI Z68A-GD65 (g3)

CPU - Intel Core i5 2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3ghz

CPU Fan - COOLERMASTER Hyper 212+

GPU - Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti (Fermi)

RAM - G.SKILL 8 GB (2x4gb) DDR3 1333mhz

DVD/OPTICAL - ASUS 24x CD/DVD Burner

HDD - Western Digital Black Caviar 750GB
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a b ) Power supply
October 20, 2011 9:52:23 AM

is the power supply fan working? check that.
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a b ) Power supply
October 20, 2011 10:04:55 AM

Do you get any burning smell along with the noise?

Does not look to good. Looks like your PSU is breathing its last breath! :) 
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October 20, 2011 10:05:41 AM

Sounds like a ventilation issue. Time for a spring clean.
get compressed air and blow your rig and psu clean from any dust
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October 20, 2011 10:16:51 AM

RMA that sucker! I have the same power supply and if it did that to me I would be using my warranty...
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October 20, 2011 10:24:02 AM

change your psu if you have warranty otherwise buy another psu.
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October 20, 2011 4:54:52 PM

Before sending it to the shop, make sure that all things are plugged in right. I remember this happening to one of my older computers, and the only reason it was making that noise is because it was unplugged ever so slightly, and the noise was the sound of the electricity "jumping" about 1cm to reach the metal prong of the socket.
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October 21, 2011 12:02:37 AM

The sound was coming from the Power Supply itself, not any of the connectors.

Also I'm probably going to return this since I bought it from Fry's. Any suggestions on which new one I should get?

I'm thinking about the Corsair Enthusiasts Series TX750 or TX850. Sound good?

Also the fan is working.
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a c 713 ) Power supply
October 21, 2011 12:04:20 AM

The Corsair TX series is good!
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