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    Bust Corsair units that have not been opened up and messed with

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/113110311097?ul_noapp=true

    I am tempted...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashiekh View Post
    Bust Corsair units that have not been opened up and messed with

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/113110311097?ul_noapp=true

    I am tempted...
    is that the 2008 model? do you know the manufacture date?
    refurbing psu's thats your hobby?

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    The date code says 36th week of 2012.

    I have to wonder how come they have so many use Corsair PSUs:

    https://www.ebay.com/sch/Power-Suppl...n=buymore4less

    These have got to be store returns or something.

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    I think a lot of these might be counterfeits.

    Look at this one:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Corsair-HX7...R48d:rk:4:pf:0

    20th week of 2016? For an 80 PLUS Silver HX750? I don't think so. They stopped making those long before then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyGURU View Post
    I think a lot of these might be counterfeits.

    Look at this one:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Corsair-HX7...R48d:rk:4:pf:0

    20th week of 2016? For an 80 PLUS Silver HX750? I don't think so. They stopped making those long before then.
    VERY much appreciated; you probably saved me a lot of pain.

    Quote Originally Posted by adamsleath View Post
    is that the 2008 model? do you know the manufacture date?
    refurbing psu's thats your hobby?
    I like fixing stuff, it is very satisfying; but it would not be worth it as a business, I just do it for myself.

    My son uses a computer we found dumped on the curb and it crashed on first boot; but after fixing it now runs very well and we are very happy with it (the power supply needed new capacitors).

    I find that a broken item gives one the opportunity to identify its weak components and replace them with superior replacements, resulting in a unit that is arguably better than new.


    ZERO COST

    * A car battery charger whose fan stopped spinning early on just needed some oil (it was still under warrantee, but I preferred this fix to sending it back).

    * A digital clock whose LCD screen was fading just needed a little silicone oil on the pad that connects the screen to circuit board

    * A TV that had bad solder joints around the power supply

    * Some powered speakers just needed the solder reflowed

    * A DVD player that would no longer spin up properly; a little silicone oil in the switch that tells it the tray is closed fixed that

    * A hard drive whose circuit board had corroded pads that just needed cleaning with a pencil eraser


    LOW COST

    * Computer monitors that just need new capacitors

    * Modifying a UPS to take larger batteries if there is room inside.

    * Computer power supplies with bust or cheap capacitors

    * Worn drive belt on a DVD player; replaced with one that is ozone resistant.


    I used to get stuff from free-cycle

    Even new stuff; I got some variacs with ridiculously small screws that would tear out. Rethreaded things to take larger screws.


    Buying new just doesn't have the same satisfaction for me as something I have brought back to life.

    Washing machine would burn out its pump every 5 years; the best is when the replacement part has been re-designed in response to a problem. Pump I replaced recently looks like such a replacement. EVAP valve on my car only lasted 20 years ;-) replacement valve was re-engineered and should last longer.


    But while the cost may be low, the time spent is often excessive

    * Diagnosing the problem

    * Locating the replacement parts

    * Repair and testing


    I buy RAM and even hard drives second hand, but they need extensive testing.
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    Given the seller's location, I would guess these are Fry's returns. They're supposed to be scrapped when credited by Corsair, but it looks like they just sell them instead. Probably at a monthly or quarterly auction.

    Not uncommon. I used to work at a place that would buy Circuit City, Best Buy and Sears returns for pennies on the dollar. About 80% of the stuff was fine and mostly returned due to buyers remorse. That's how I scored my first X-box, digital camera a new dishwasher and a ceramic cooktop.

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    At the end of the day the consumer must pay.

    What really annoys me is people buying laptops just to try out and then returning them, just to try out another model. The original cannot be sold as new, and the cost gets passed down to the consumer, albeit not the one doing the sampling.

    Perhaps I should not complain as I got an artificial Christmas tree free as it had old fashioned incandescent bulbs. The family spent the good part of a day removing the old illumination, putting on some LED strings we had, and we now use it every Christmas.

    What would be really fun is if someone like Corsair would 3D print little ATX power supplies we could hang on the tree.
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    cool. i can see that it would be satisfying. a unit might just have an inherent design or production fault and hey presto you replace the part and it's fine ...not to mention kudos for the recyc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamsleath View Post
    cool. i can see that it would be satisfying. a unit might just have an inherent design or production fault and hey presto you replace the part and it's fine ...not to mention kudos for the recyc.
    There is the other side of the coin, where one keeps old technology running when new technology might be better. Reminds me of German manufacturing after WWII, where the British were still using old equipment in factories, which was not an option for the Germans.

    People here are using new (high efficiency) power supplies, while I rebuild and use old units.

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    well...whats a few percent in efficiency? i suppose it all adds up over time.
    ive got a platinum in my latest build...absolutely mountains of waste, e-waste, produced. and not even China is processing all of it XD, particularly with their most recent national policies.

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