Faulty power supply Asus

  Nenad 14:24 30 May 2009

My 6 year old Asus computer repeatedly crashed a few days ago and the hardware monitor showed that the power supply unit was over-heating, 100plus. I am told the unit therefore needs replacing. Is it necessary to replace it immediately or can I continue using until it worsens? Since the day of multiple crashes its been running without any problems.
Could someone venture a repair cost and whether because of its age it would be worthwhile to repair it due to its obsolence and present value.
Thank you for any assistance

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:36 30 May 2009

If the power supply goes bang it could take the motherboard cpu and hard drives with it, so better to renew ASAP.

COST - £25 upwards depending on quality required
Do it your self, a few screws and cables.

If renewing a PSU check:

1. The physical size of your PSU, some are hard to replace due to being a non standard size.
2. The amount of power need from the PSU don't skimp.
3 The correct connections for your equipment

1. Physical Dimensions

Besides the specs and form factors, the physical dimensions are also important factors in selecting a compatible power supply. Here is an outline of the physical dimensions of most standard power supplies:

# ATX: 6x3.5x5.5", HxWxD. Most common. Uses 4 mounting screws.
# Mini-ATX: 5x3.5x5", HxWxD. Rare size. Uses 4 mounting screws. Can be used in a regular ATX case, but often not the other way around.
# MicroATX: 5x3x4", HxWxD. Use 3 mounting screws. Not interchangeable with ATX or miniATX.
# Flex ATX: Even smaller than Micro ATX. Various sizes according to case specs; often not interchangeable.

Use the data above to determine if a particular power supply would fit your case.

The quality of a power supply can be estimated by its weight. While this is not a true scientific or thorough measurement of the power supply reliability, it is nevertheless a very simple and easy way for ordinary PC users to estimate and compare the quality of a power supply. Why weight matters click here

2. Power supply calculator click here

3. Correct connections
Some boards have 20 pin connectors others 24 pin
There is often a 4 pin plug required to power Intel CPUs
Molex D plugs for IDE HDD and CD/DVD drives
SATA power connections for latest HDDs and DVD drives.

Guide to changing PSU
click here
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  ened 14:38 30 May 2009

Really not worth repairing!

Places like Maplins sell PSUs for around £30+.

Personally I would change it asap because if it blows it could take something or everything out with it!

  ened 14:39 30 May 2009

Well put.

Did it really take me two minutes to type that?

  crosstrainer 15:12 30 May 2009

As actually stated here,

  crosstrainer 15:13 30 May 2009

..Missed out this bit:

Replace! :))

  Nenad 12:05 01 Jun 2009

Thanks you guys for your help. It was very useful to know that something should be done sooner rather than later

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