PSU Fried - Brand new HTPC

martoq

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I recently built my HTPC. Not the first I have built and have been building for years. The PC was running great for 2 weeks. And then the other morning I came downstairs and the case power led was off. The lights on the PSU were on. I thought this was odd. I hit the case power button and nothing. I decided lets shut the PSU power off...which I did. I then turned the PSU back on and the power lights to the PSU came back on. I then hit the power button on the case and I heard the dreaded *POP* followed by the amazing smell off electrical burn. The PSU was fried, the burn odor definitely was coming from it.

I have several concerns at this point.

1. No vendor, not the PSU, not the reseller will warrenty me when this hardware is no more than 2 weeks old. What are my options? The reseller is Newegg whose customer support is typically great. But I have real concerns here based on this problem. They have warrentied my PSU which is fine and all but what if the PSU fried everything else? Am I out my 1000$ brand new htpc that I just built due to a faulty PSU?

2. What are the odd's the motherboard caused the PSU to fry? I am very concerned that when I hook my new PSU up to the system board, if the board was the root cause, it will pop this PSU as well. (Obviously I will have nothing else connected to it on initial reinstall)

I am very frustrated and concerned at this point that due to a faulty peice of hardware I am about to get burned out of my hard earned money. I figured I would come to the experts here for some good solid advice.

Here are the specs for my HTPC:

Silverstone GD01S-R ATX Case
Silverstone ST45NF 450w PSU
WD Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB HDD
Sony optiarc 24X DVD/CD RW
AMD Phenom II X3 710 2.6Ghz
MSI DKA790GX Motherboard
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250
Patriot Viper 4GB DDR2 1066 (2x2gb)


Thank you in advance for any help or advice anyone can lend.
 

le13enforce

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I don't think the rest of your system was damaged by the PSU failure. PSUs are designed to try their best to limit electrical damage to themselves. A quick test would be to remove the optical drive and try it on another computer. If it works properly, the chance that your other components aren't fried is high. :D
 
You really cannot say that (well, yes you can, but you could be wrong. There's no way of knowing that a PSU took out none, one, or more components when it failed without testing every component.

A well designed PSU is supposed to electronically shutdown during overload or overvolt conditions. But one it fails, all bets are off.
 

Griffolion

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Surprising the PSU blew out, Silverstone are a reputable gang of PSU makers. I'd get in touch with Silverstone and see what their RMA service is like. You could have gotten an unluckily faulty model.