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January 28, 2012 3:55:51 AM

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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a c 275 ) Power supply
January 28, 2012 4:25:14 AM

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!
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January 28, 2012 4:43:41 AM

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.
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January 28, 2012 5:03:09 AM

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=N82E168...
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a b ) Power supply
January 28, 2012 5:18:40 AM

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.
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January 28, 2012 5:22:36 AM

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=N82E168...

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: 
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a b ) Power supply
January 28, 2012 5:25:09 AM

Much less likely to blow up in a fiery ball of flame.
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a c 275 ) Power supply
January 28, 2012 5:30:28 AM

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=N82E168...

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.as...
Btw i use OZC units they're good in my opinion.
Way better then Coolmax!
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