Power supply just blew up

i have a coolmax 600 watt power supply that just blew up after a year and a half of use. :cry: 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?

thanks! :hello:
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  1. 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!
  2. The only was to tell for sure is to replace the PSU and test your system.

    The possible outcome ranges from nothing but the PSU to everything in the case.
  3. Did you get any pictures? :)
    I am not surprised a bit, when I read "coolmax" I just kind of smiled.

    When you do replace it, get a 5 year warranty. Some top brands are Antec, Corsair, Seasonic. Here's one that I really like:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703036
  4. 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.
  5. WOW so i could possibly lose everything? mobo cpu hard drive ram? :cry:

    i just bought this power supply. thoughts?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341048

    also, whats the difference between 80 plus bronze, silver, gold platinum. im pretty sure the more expensive metals are the better quality but just checking.

    thanks! :lol:
  6. Much less likely to blow up in a fiery ball of flame.
  7. computernewb said:
    WOW so i could possibly lose everything? mobo cpu hard drive ram? :cry:

    i just bought this power supply. thoughts?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341048

    also, whats the difference between 80 plus bronze, silver, gold platinum. im pretty sure the more expensive metals are the better quality but just checking.

    thanks! :lol:

    Bronze is fine!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/80_PLUS
    http://www.plugloadsolutions.com/80PlusPowerSupplies.aspx
    Btw i use OZC units they're good in my opinion.
    Way better then Coolmax!
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