I have this crazy freaking annoying Athena 350w mini-ITX PSU and it is literally louder than my vacuum cleaner and a lawn mower combined. I just need a quieter PSU that will run outside my mini-ITX case until a few months from now when I'll build a brand new rig. I'm planning to get a Corsair CX430 V2 for now because it's extremely cheap for what it offers and it's quiet. If anyone has a better, cheaper, quieter option, please tell me. My PSU is driving me insane because I can't stand the noise. First, it makes a grinding sound, then a terribly annoying, high-pitched whine.
So getting on to my question, will running a PSU outside my case kill it? I'll build a little LEGO case (don't judge me) just for my PSU if I have to. Will the dust kill the PSU in a month? I just need it to run for at least 6-12 months until I save enough money for a brand new IB/ Keplar or 7000 rig.
You will be fine running it outside your case. Just make sure that it has good airflow and nothing metal will get inside and short it out and kill it...sounds like Legos are a perfect solution to help protect the psu, while it is housed outside.
Wow thanks for everyone's feedback! The LEGO computer case looks really awesome, wow. I got a load of LEGOs sitting in my closet that I'll probably clean and make a little case for my PSU.
Even though my PSU is making god-awful noises, I can assure you that it is fully functional and in good condition. I realized it was the tiny, tiny 40mm fan. It's running pretty cool all the time, too.
I plan on getting a small build that will use 430w because I don't have a lot of money to spend on a new build. I don't really play the most demanding games, either.