Will my computer explode again?

Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by AlanJohn, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. AlanJohn
    OP

    AlanJohn くたばれ

    Member
    3,456
    2,929
    Jan 6, 2011
    Canada,New Jersey
    I changed the PSU of my PC after it exploded, but now things are alright.
    But now I'm worried if it could occur again.
    Does this have anything to do with the cable? Do I need to buy a different one?
     
  2. air2004

    air2004 Air

    Member
    1,613
    441
    Oct 24, 2008
    United States
    Anytown
    A little more info would be helpful
     
  3. thegame07

    thegame07 GBAtemp Psycho!

    Member
    3,860
    103
    Oct 16, 2006
    Cheap PSU malfunctioning isn't rare, it's probably the most popular thing to break inside a pc.

    If you post the specs of your pc and what case etc you're using including the brand and details of your psu. It would help with your question as It would tell us if you have bought a strong enough psu.
     
  4. AlanJohn
    OP

    AlanJohn くたばれ

    Member
    3,456
    2,929
    Jan 6, 2011
    Canada,New Jersey
    Oh nevermind, I just use the cable from the monitor I have.
     
  5. HaniKazmi

    HaniKazmi GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Member
    1,657
    42
    Jan 30, 2008
    Manchester
    I'm pretty sure the cable wasnt the problem…
     
  6. DinohScene

    DinohScene Capture the Dino

    Member
    GBAtemp Patron
    DinohScene is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    15,843
    12,301
    Oct 11, 2011
    Antarctica
    В небо
    Upgrading to a better PSU with a higher wattage could solve the problem.
     
  7. AlanJohn
    OP

    AlanJohn くたばれ

    Member
    3,456
    2,929
    Jan 6, 2011
    Canada,New Jersey
    ...I already upgraded to 450 :mellow:.

    The only thing that I was worried, was that I saw it explode from the cable itself.
     
  8. Berthenk

    Berthenk Epitome of Awesomeness

    Member
    1,314
    8
    May 16, 2008
    Netherlands
    More details, please? You're not telling us much at all.
     
  9. AlanJohn
    OP

    AlanJohn くたばれ

    Member
    3,456
    2,929
    Jan 6, 2011
    Canada,New Jersey
    lets close this topic since i'm too lazy to open CPU-Z and I already fixed the problem~
     
  10. Midna

    Midna Banned

    Banned
    3,336
    839
    Apr 13, 2008
    Albania
    Herp a derp. Make a help thread with no details, refuse to provide details, then solve it yourself and ask to close the thread.

    I hope the PSU explodes again because you wouldn't tell us about it
     
    1 person likes this.
  11. tajio

    tajio GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    403
    5
    Aug 31, 2007
    Northern Ireland, UK
    All you have to do is tell us the brand of the PSU, wattage, and couple of other things.

    It's not that hard.
     
  12. Originality

    Originality Chibi-neko

    Member
    5,341
    780
    Apr 21, 2008
    London, UK
    Based on the lack of information, I'll make the following assumptions:
    The old PSU was brandless, less than 450W (I would guess 250W), probably came with the case, and that this is an old computer.
    The new PSU is probably also brandless, 450W, and is probably more than enough for an old computer.
    If I am right, this is good, because it can probably only provide 400W of stable power (if it's brandless) which should be enough and therefor not make it likely to explode any time soon.

    To my knowledge, the things that can blow up PSUs: Incorrect voltage (some have a voltage switch on the back... flip it and it will blow up - I've done it myself), cheap/damaged/flakey/badly-fitted power cables (rarely causes problems, but I've seen it a couple times before in houses with pets), overloading the PSU (using a weak PSU in a powerful computer, or just a PSU that doesn't produce the wattage it claims - common in brandless PSUs), overheating the PSU (common in any cheap PSU, but also in cases without enough ventilation... also caused by parts wearing out or dust inside the PSU creating static fields), and power surges (lightning~). Power up/down cycles also wear out PSUs, so eventually they will all blow up, but this hasn't been a real issue for over a decade (I had a 15 year old computer that still worked - albeit with a replacement motherboard).
     
  13. raulpica

    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

    Supervisor
    11,025
    7,344
    Oct 23, 2007
    Italy
    PowerLevel: 9001
    We don't usually lock threads AJ, as they can help others.
     
  14. air2004

    air2004 Air

    Member
    1,613
    441
    Oct 24, 2008
    United States
    Anytown
    I'm starting to think...... maybe some people just started computer school .....psu's dont normally blow up ( why am I responding to this ? ) Dude , if you have real questions , just ask