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  1. Just assembling a new build this afternoon. First time I've tried water cooling (just an AIO, the H115i). Felt like I'd connected everything up properly, and turned the power on for the first time. Okay, some LEDs are on, the pump/cooling unit is lighting up properly, and...WHAT ON EARTH? Black smoke was coming from the USB-to-mini-USB cable connecting the motherboard to the pump. I killed the power as quickly as possible and the wisps of smoke thankfully stopped, but...that cable was VERY hot, and I could see some of the plastic had melted from the black wire in particular (see photo 1). I've built several PCs before but have never seen anything like this, and I don't even have a first instinct for what the culprit might be. Cable? Motherboard? I was assuming I could use either one of the board's USB headers quite happily (see photo 2 for where I was connecting it).
  2. Hi all, old problem here. Now that I'm layed off I have time to fix this. Built a pc a year and a half ago. Bought the 280x RGB case and the Corsair RGB strip. Connected the above to the lightning node and powered up the pc. The 3pin connector that plugs into the node melted in a puff of smoke. I turned my pc off and unplugged everything. Emailed Corsair and they were really cool and sent me a new Node and Commander Pro (thx Corsair!). Just got started again today to get my fans lit up. Plugged the Commander Pro and node together with a new 3pin and same result. The 3pin smoked and melted. Any ideas?
  3. I was disassembling the computer and my hard drive touched the floor. Spark. Boom. Small smoke. Slight smell. The motherboard still had its ambient LED glowing when I power cycled the PSU. And then a moment later, BOOM (louder) and more smoke! Now this is an HX750 gold that I was given as a replacement via a special case circumstances and was told it won't carry warranty (not that my original unit had much left on it) but has been used a total of maybe 700-800 hours. I don't mind it, since clearly I blew something, but is salvaging the PSU an option? I picked up an RM1000i and wonder if I should dive into the PSU with an electronics fanatic of a friend who's dying to rip open my unit. To satisfy my curiosity, what would one look for/ what are the usual suspects? Edit: I haven't tried turning on the computer as yet with the new PSU. I am currently going through all of my HDDs and SSDs externally with a USB SATA reader. Anything I should watch out for?
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