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#1 AnalAvenger

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Posted 28 July 2016 - 03:26 AM

So, two weeks into the summer, I woke up to find that my PC's power supply had failed. I've been without a computer all summer, which is a relatively big thing if you know me. However, tonight, I was moving a shelf to clear out space for a new desk to fit in my room. On the shelf, I found my first PSU that I replaced because it wasn't a very reputable unit.

On a whim, I decided to try putting it back into my rig to see if it worked. The only issue I had plugging it up was that some of the cables wouldn't reach, or wouldn't fit properly. I decided to take matters into my own hands, and simply built the computer with the PSU on the outside. I present to you, a genuine fire hazard.

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My question is, how likely is this to explode? The main reason I ask is because I had to use two adapters just to supply my 390X. I had to use a 6-to-8pin adapter for one, as well as a Molex-to-6pin for the other connector. This is only a temporary setup which should only be used for two weeks or so.

The PSU is a CoolMax something or other.


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Edited by AnalAvenger, 28 July 2016 - 03:30 AM.

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#2 iPickedScout

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Posted 28 July 2016 - 10:18 AM

You're fine. It being out of the case isn't really a hazard. A bunch of people don't use cases, they make their own rigs and have everything out in the open.
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#3 Keit1h

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Posted 28 July 2016 - 01:40 PM

Coolmax PSU's are basically beefy OEM units. That being said, as long as you don't do any overclocking or anything stupid you should be alright. It's also not dangerous to have it outside of the case as far as I know.

BUT...

Because of the system you're running, it would be of your best interest to get it replaced as soon as you can.

#4 majesty327

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Posted 28 July 2016 - 06:12 PM

The main issue is cleaning.
On one hand, your computer is more exposed to the elements, so you definitely need to be careful about what you bring around it.
On the other, dusting is easier than ever.
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