PSU Explosion

Hey everyone,

So 2 days ago my PSU exploded (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171052). Any advice on what to do with regards to warranties on this kind of situation would be appreciated. I'll deal with that later.

For now I've gotten a replacement and thankfully nothing else was damaged. The old PSU functioned fine, but it has barely been a year I've used it since it exploded.

So what I'm mainly asking is if 650W is sufficient for my system, or how much space I would need to leave up top if I get a bigger one.

Current specs are:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 970
RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) G.SKILL Sniper DDR3 1333
Mobo: ASRock 970 Extreme3
GPU: Radeon 6950 and Dual Monitor (Both ASUS236H)
HD: 1TB Western Digital HDD
- No components of the system were overclocked prior to the incident
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  1. Manufacturer Contact Info
    Website: http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/
    Support Phone: 1-888-624-5099
    Support Email: customersupport@coolermaster.com

    That is the best advice you get :) Its got a 3 year warranty.
  2. ITS A PSU EXPLOSION OF SAVINGS AT MENARDS!!!!

    But yes, 650 watts is more than enough power for that setup, you simply just got a bad egg. Unfortunately CoolerMaster is not the best company to choose for a power supply.
  3. nekulturny said:
    ITS A PSU EXPLOSION OF SAVINGS AT MENARDS!!!!

    But yes, 650 watts is more than enough power for that setup, you simply just got a bad egg. Unfortunately CoolerMaster is not the best company to choose for a power supply.


    Yeah I just want to echo this. Really the only two companies you should be getting PSU's from are Antec and Corsair, I simply don't trust any others.
  4. Griffolion said:
    Yeah I just want to echo this. Really the only two companies you should be getting PSU's from are Antec and Corsair, I simply don't trust any others.
    That's funny you should know why seasonic makes allot of the PSU for both those company :lol:
  5. bigcyco1 said:
    That's funny you should know why seasonic makes allot of the PSU for both those company :lol:

    lol, thats what I was thinking. But yes, Corsair's TXv2 series, PC Power and Cooling Silencers are both Seasonic. XFX has some Seasonic made ones as well that are very good.

    CoolerMaster has quite a bad reputation of low quality power supplies, they also have a reputation of downright lying about the specs of their PSUs. While the GX650 is actually a halfway competent offering from an otherwise dismal track record, there are power supply offerings in the same price range with similar specs from companies with a better reputation, including (but certainly not limited to) Seasonic, Corsair, and Antec.

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/CoolerMaster/GX650W_Bronze/8.html

    This plain isn't good however, and that makes it deal breaker.

    Quote:
    Bad performance at Crossload tests, somtimes down to 11.4 V
    High voltage drops at Advanced Transient Response Tests
  6. The GX650 was summarized by HardOCP as a "polished turd in a box." It's also not their worst. Friends don't let friends buy CM.
  7. nekulturny said:
    lol, thats what I was thinking. But yes, Corsair's TXv2 series, PC Power and Cooling Silencers are both Seasonic. XFX has some Seasonic made ones as well that are very good.

    CoolerMaster has quite a bad reputation of low quality power supplies, they also have a reputation of downright lying about the specs of their PSUs. While the GX650 is actually a halfway competent offering from an otherwise dismal track record, there are power supply offerings in the same price range with similar specs from companies with a better reputation, including (but certainly not limited to) Seasonic, Corsair, and Antec.

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/CoolerMaster/GX650W_Bronze/8.html

    This plain isn't good however, and that makes it deal breaker.

    Quote:
    Bad performance at Crossload tests, somtimes down to 11.4 V
    High voltage drops at Advanced Transient Response Tests
    Yeah i hear that :lol:
  8. Thanks for the replies guys. I knew I shouldn't have given that PSU the benefit of the doubt. I picked this one up today: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005
  9. kanazero said:
    Thanks for the replies guys. I knew I shouldn't have given that PSU the benefit of the doubt. I picked this one up today: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005
    That is not a good PSU for the price don't buy that get one of these instead Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-650-M 650W ATX12V v2.31 & EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182263#top

    PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027#top


    XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207014#top
  10. kanazero said:
    Thanks for the replies guys. I knew I shouldn't have given that PSU the benefit of the doubt. I picked this one up today: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

    That one is the older TX series. The v2 is the Seasonic made one, I think the v1s were made by Delta

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020
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