I was going to post in geek food but I heard humans don't like eating fried PC hardware so posted in electronics. So my trusty old Zalman 460w power supply in my PC has failed. I'd noticed a bit of a hot dusty stanky smell the last couple of days but couldn't pinpoint the smell source. I woke up this morning and my PC was off and had that heart sinky to stomach feeling. I thought crap maybe there's something wrong with my UPS but everything else was still powered up and okay so let's check out the power supply. Click to view full size! Click to view full size! Click to view full size! See sig specs for PC specs + 4 hard drives to get an idea of the load it was under. So what was the ultimate cause ? Please speculate I'm curious. I want to know how I can prevent this happening again. I had an alternative theory. That the power supply was infact not truely rated for 460 watts and commited suicide at the thought of supplying any more than about 300w I suspect a multiple chain issue, dust causing excessive heat as well as a mild overload perhaps. No idea.