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Good quality ATX power supply and unused age related problems.

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tronitech

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I have several good quality ATX computer power supplies (Corsair, Thermaltake, etc) that I reviewed for a website over five years ago that I want to sell on ebay. My question is after sitting in their boxes for over five years and having been initially used for only a couple of hours are there any possible problems? I suppose it's the electrolytic capacitors that concern me the most. Unfounded?
 

Pommie

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I'm hoping I've got lots of unused age related problems left. Sorry.

Mike.
 

tronitech

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Perhaps I should of worded it better. :)

Can you forsee any problems with these ATX power supplies sitting unused for 5 years or longer?
 

dknguyen

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Perhaps I should of worded it better. :)

Can you forsee any problems with these ATX power supplies sitting unused for 5 years or longer?
All materials have a half life and the entire supply will eventually decay into a block of iron, even elements lighter than iron, apparently through a different process.
 

Pommie

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I think the answer is that no one is sure. The storage conditions will play a large part of the answer.

Mike.
 

Reloadron

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While it is hard to give a direct answer I have PSUs laying around here I tested for reviews about 20 years ago. They all work just fine. I also had an old Cooler Master PSU which failed miserably after a year of service on a relatively light load so go figure. In your case, short of a crystal ball, I would offer a buyer a 6 month (or number of your choosing based on asking price) money return guarantee.

Ron
 
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