i have a coolmax 600 watt power supply that just blew up after a year and a half of use. I was wondering what the lifespan of a normal power supply is. Also, what other hardware could have been negatively effected by this and how can i tell?
I think you can expect 5yr+ or even more with a properly sized psu.
I have units 10yrs old that still run ok.
However i don't consider Coolmax a good brand.
Plugging your psu into a proper surge protector goes a long way though.
Anybody plugging their gear directly into the wall is inviting problems.
There's potential for mobo and component damage when a psu goes kaput.
Hopefully you're ok!
contact the manufacturer directly as the shop/site you got it from is unlikely to accept a return... tell em what happened and you want a full refund not a replacement. they will ask for proof of purchase and may offer to reimburse you...
problem is there such a crap manufacturer they may just palm you off.