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#1 bracoh

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 04:17 AM

I had to take the top part of the PSU housing off in order for the wires to reach some of the motherboard.

Is it safe to leave it uncovered like this?

And if not what are the potential dangers/risk factors?

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 04:35 AM

Hello ,

well if you leave it open then it will not cool the componets propperly and the heat from it will be getting pushed into your case !

results :
#1 it will make the psu run hotter and fail faster
#2 it will make the insdes of your case/tower be much more hotter
#3 it will cause your other components to work at a higher temp & shorten their life span
#4 it will cause dust to circulate in your system and cause your system to bet dirtier inside of the case/tower
#5 it will cause improper ventilation

you can run this way for very shot periods but not for long

best to get the right psu for your system since they are fairly cheap

follow the link

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Ca...=Power-Supplies

hope this helps

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 04:52 PM

Besides the reasons posted by the other member:

Is it safe to leave it uncovered like this?


Key word being SAFE
No it is not

You have also voided the warranty by opening the unit

Edited by garmanma, 06 December 2008 - 04:54 PM.

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#4 bracoh

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 06:19 PM

Besides the reasons posted by the other member:

Is it safe to leave it uncovered like this?


Key word being SAFE
No it is not

You have also voided the warranty by opening the unit


yeah I figured that, but it was a $13 PSU sooo.

I think I will just get a smaller case so that it will reach.

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 12:33 PM

There are capacitors on the pc board that will hold a line voltage charge for weeks, if you make contact with these and discharge these to your person the electrical shock could have serious or even fatal effects if the right conditions exist.

The PSU is one of the most important components of your computer, you should purchase a PSU from a reputable manufacturer which will at least meet you system requirements. Another consideration you wish to think of is the possibility of upgrading you graphics card, there are cards out there today that require very large +12V rail/s.

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