I recently bought a gaming rig (actually assembled it 1.5 years ago) and all of a sudden my PSU fan (SMPS) has stopped working. I want to know if I can merely change the fan that is inside the SMPS kit, as it is a costly kit (around Rs – 6000/-) or if the SMPS (PSU) needs to be replaced completely – Arvind Ramachandran.
The answer to your question is – YES. You must replace the entire PSU (Power Supply Unit) instead of just the fan.
The reason is that I don’t want you to ruin anything else inside the PC just because your PSU went bad suddenly.
The PSU is invariably the most important backbone in any computer since all the components inside a PC depend on proper and robust source of power in order to function correctly without getting stalled.
You could easily destroy your motherboard, RAM, video graphic card or some other expensive part that you painstakingly paid for.
Besides – the risk is too much as sometimes a faulty repair job can also lead to a sudden expenditure elsewhere or even worse, there is the perennial risk of getting electrical shocks due to ‘half-knowledge’ in things technical.
If you reside in India or want an Indian product take a look at Corsair VS650 650 Watt Power Supply Unit – CP-9020051-WW VS Series – absolute peace-of-mind performance!
It’s affordable, silent and powerful. What else can you expect from a PSU? Good For low budget Gaming PCs with sleeved cables.
Corsair are offering 650W PSU for approximately Rs 4000 which is a great deal to be honest when compared to international prices elsewhere.
It comes with a big internal exhaust fan to throw away any heat and keep the components within working temperatures.
The product finish is good, with well-insulated cables that also appear great.
If you are looking for performance and price with good functionality, I’d suggest you to blindly go for corsair as long as it’s available else stocks may be limited. I have been using it for quite some time now and it seems worth every bit.
If you are from outside India there are several good brands of PSUs to choose from, but I really like and recommend the ones made by Corsair because they are sturdy and made of good components that last longer.
For higher end gaming PC models go for ones that are around 8000/- like the Corsair RM Series RM650 – 650 Watt 80 PLUS Gold Certified Fully Modular SMPS– these work hard for dual graphic sli-connected high-end corei5 or corei7 CPUs and come with a host of safety protection features (like Over-voltage, over-current protection, under-voltage protection, short circuit protection, over power protection, and over temperature protection) assuring crucial safety to your critical system components
Bottom line: While it would appear to be a cheaper alternative to replace the fan in your PSU, if I were you I’d simply throw it and buy myself a new one to be free from all risks.