I'm no hardware expert, so I figure I should see what you guys think.
The last few days, I've been getting hard shutdowns. I'll be playing FFXI when suddenly *BAM*, my PC just goes dead, followed by a hint of that unmistakable electric burning smell. The only thing left running is the PSU fan. It only happens when I'm running multiple instances of FFXI (I often dualbox or tribox), as that's the only game I really play on PC.
My hardware diagnostic skills are nil, but it seems to me that the signs are pointing towards a faulty PSU. I was informed that a power-down with the PSU fan still running is a decent indicator of a bad PSU. Since it only happens when I'm multi-boxing, I'm thinking that maybe it can't keep up with pushing that much juice through the PCI to the vidcard (if that makes any sense).
I've gone ahead and ordered a popular Corsair PSU from Newegg, but thought I would get some more input before installing. Thanks!
Edit: Words cannot express my man-lust for Newegg. I ordered the PSU 2 hours ago, and I've already gotten shipping confirmation.
Edited, Mar 3rd 2011 6:37pm by Chewzer