Originally Posted by mdavey316
ok so after 10 hours or building my rig, wiring everything up, figuring it all out by reading directions and surfing web, when i turned it on everything started to run beutifully then about 5 seconds later wires started smoking. i shut down the computer immediately. 3 questions; will all my other hardware be fried? ; Why did this happen and how can i make sure it doesnt happen again? and whats a good affordable PSU im running a budget maybe under 60 bucks.
Intel core 2 duo e8400
Asus p5q se/r
Mid tower case
What power supply should i get?
As Mak said, you will have to look everything over, but as for why it happened, it could be one of many reasons. Are you sure everything was connected properly? I fried a mobo once eons ago because of misconnecting a plug. Never made that mistake again since that time, as I check, check, and check again before flipping the switch. And even then, mistakes can happen.
Chances are you connected everything ok, because the Molex plugs, mobo connectors, etc., are keyed such that everything should fit one way only, although you still have to be careful because some connectors if forced will "fit", but companies have made great strides in improving ease of connecting equipment these days.
Sounds like a short to me, I think Mak said it too. Any other details you have found out since your last post ?