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Blue Flash, Something Exploded, Air Smelled Very Chemically
02-11-2012, 08:51 PM, (This post was last modified: 02-11-2012, 09:30 PM by devilmemnoch.)
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Blue Flash, Something Exploded, Air Smelled Very Chemically
intel i7 2600k
thermalright silver arrow
ASrock p67 Extreme4 Gen3
Ripsaw Ram 8gb
msi gtx 560ti 448core
seasonic 1000w 80plus platinum
asus dvd r/w
crucial m4 128gb
haf x

Hi guys, things are not looking good right now, I need to know what I should do next. My build is as above, been planning to build a gaming pc for around 1/2 a year now. finally got everything together this week and started building it this AM. Finished around 6PM. 1st time builder. Followed all instructions. Turned on PC around 630pm everything worked fine. realized i forgot to plug in sata cables from dvd. pc was on probably 10 mins continuous now. turned pc off, disconnected everything, connected dvd sata. Now was able to install windows 7. install finished and at win 7 start menu, realized i needed a ethernet cable because mobo has no widi, went down stairs to drink water and find a long ethernet cord to update windows. computer on continuously probably 30-45 minutes by now. walking up stairs, heard 2 loud booms accompanied by 2 flashes of bluelight through doorway. saw that my ps3 (which had netflix on and tv turned off. there was a chemically smell in room, i dont think it smelled like something burning. pc monitor is on but not displaying anything. pc is not on. i press pc on button once. nothing happens. I have unplugged everything. thought it was cpu, so took off silver arrow. looked at bottom of cpu, no overt changes...

is it the psu? out of everything i opened today, the psu that smelled especially chemically, like overpowering...
i ordered everythign from newegg except cpu, mobo, and crucial m4 which i bought instore at microcenter

dunno what i should do now...
kind of exhausted...
im going to try and reboot again...
please let me know what to do next
thanks in advance
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02-11-2012, 10:19 PM, (This post was last modified: 02-11-2012, 10:19 PM by Phrosty.)
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RE: Blue Flash, Something Exploded, Air Smelled Very Chemically
Did you look at each part and see if there are any burnt pieces?

edit - I just spoke with Mat and he said it's probably the power supply.
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02-11-2012, 11:04 PM,
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RE: Blue Flash, Something Exploded, Air Smelled Very Chemically
Check your parts for signs of physical damage, but it's most likely either the motherboard or the PSU that blew up.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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02-12-2012, 09:08 AM,
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RE: Blue Flash, Something Exploded, Air Smelled Very Chemically
I looked at everything... nothing seems burnt at all anywhere, not mobo, cpu, cpu fan, ram, gfx card, ... from what i can see through the grills on back of psu nothing seems burnt either, but i think its the psu

if it was the psu? are you able to tell what I might have done wrong?
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02-12-2012, 09:24 AM,
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RE: Blue Flash, Something Exploded, Air Smelled Very Chemically
(02-12-2012, 09:08 AM)devilmemnoch Wrote: if it was the psu? are you able to tell what I might have done wrong?

Most likely nothing. Most likely some a manufacturing defect, which unfortunately, does happen, even with high-end power supplies.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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02-12-2012, 01:11 PM, (This post was last modified: 02-12-2012, 01:18 PM by devilmemnoch.)
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RE: Blue Flash, Something Exploded, Air Smelled Very Chemically
hey mathieu,

if i bought from microcenter my cpu, mobo and ssd. should i just go and exchange everything. i dunno if the malfunction yesterday would have affected them if it was just the psu.

also should i stay safe and use all brand new cables or just swap out to new seasonic 1000w platinum and try it with old seasonic cables

thanks
(02-11-2012, 10:19 PM)Phrosty Wrote: Did you look at each part and see if there are any burnt pieces?

edit - I just spoke with Mat and he said it's probably the power supply.

thanks
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02-12-2012, 03:50 PM,
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RE: Blue Flash, Something Exploded, Air Smelled Very Chemically
You won't be able to know whether what happened yesterday affected other parts or not. Most likely not, since your PSU is designed to keep such dangers within itself, but considering your case, I can't tell you whether it caused damage to other parts or not, you'll have to get another PSU to figure it out.

When you swap out the PSU, swap out the cables too; they might have been damaged during the incident.

Also, if this isn't the case yet, plug the power supply 120V cord into a power surge protector, not straight into a wall outlet. PC components are very sensitive to voltage fluctuations/surges.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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02-12-2012, 04:26 PM, (This post was last modified: 02-12-2012, 04:30 PM by devilmemnoch.)
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RE: Blue Flash, Something Exploded, Air Smelled Very Chemically

(02-12-2012, 03:50 PM)MathieuB Wrote: You won't be able to know whether what happened yesterday affected other parts or not. Most likely not, since your PSU is designed to keep such dangers within itself, but considering your case, I can't tell you whether it caused damage to other parts or not, you'll have to get another PSU to figure it out.

When you swap out the PSU, swap out the cables too; they might have been damaged during the incident.

Also, if this isn't the case yet, plug the power supply 120V cord into a power surge protector, not straight into a wall outlet. PC components are very sensitive to voltage fluctuations/surges.

Thanks Mathieu. I just picked up another psu, installed it and everything seems to be in working order. Hopefully it will last longer. the new psu definitely did not smell like the old one. not one bit of chemical smell...
Im going to call newegg to return the blown one.
What I should do now is to run prime95 for 24 hours now right?
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02-12-2012, 04:31 PM, (This post was last modified: 02-12-2012, 04:31 PM by MathieuB.)
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RE: Blue Flash, Something Exploded, Air Smelled Very Chemically
Glad to hear that apparently nothing else got damaged in the process Smile

Prime95 overnight (~7-8 hours) is enough, unless you get BSODs, crashes, freezes or the like, your PC should be fine. Actual gaming is the real test here Wink
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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02-12-2012, 06:11 PM,
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RE: Blue Flash, Something Exploded, Air Smelled Very Chemically
Thank for everything! You and your site really helpful!

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