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Exposed Power Supplies - Danger! (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-September-2001  17:33:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

John sent in his thoughts about an increasingly common case mod - the exposed power supply. Removing the cover from the PSU makes it easier to cool and gives you more options for mounting it in your PC, but the case is there for a reason! Inside the PSU and inside your monitor are probably the two most life-threatening places in your PC - very high voltages lurk there, even long after the PC has been turned off. As John says: It only takes a screwdriver slipping into it or a heatsink dropping onto it and the person will get the shock of his/her life.

Tucked-away examples like MWP's are perhaps not as bad, but simply slapping the exposed PSU innards into the bottom of your case as per PS-RagE seems to be inviting disaster. Again from John: This would have to be one of the nicest cases I've seen, shame it's a deathtrap.

The "it won't happen to me" mentality is an absolutely normal way to think, but realistically, we've all had slips, moments of uncoordination or made mistakes that have damaged cases, fried components etc - having an exposed PSU could make the consequences of such a slip much more serious..



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