Ok well my pc installed a couple of updates this morning and then the next time I switched it on it stayed on the screen you get before the windows screen for ages so I switched it off and back on and it did the same thing but then the next time I did it smoke started coming out of the casing above the power supply and it really smelt so I am guessing that I need a new one. I think my pc is quite powerfull as I had it built specifically for graphic design I have a list of the components inside, please can anyone help me with this as I was meant to be doing homework and handing in my assignment tomorrow but thats obviously not going to happen now but I still need to get it sorted, I think the power supply was not strong enough as previously the computer has switched itself off and I did the diagnostic checks and it said it was over heating.
Firstly I need to find out if the power supply is the right one and if not what I should be replacing it with, I hope that it is only the power supply but only time will tell on that one. Then I need to know if there is anything special I need to do when replacing it or if its just a case of taking the plugs out and putting the new ones in the same place and obviously screwing it to the casing! I have replaced a graphics card before but thats about it and don't want to break anything else so need help... please
Here is the parts list...
EZCool Alpine 7104 Silver Case Midi - Apple G5 Design with aPFC 400W PSU
500 GB Maxtor STM3500320AS DiamondMax 22, SATA II, 7200 rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.5 ms, NCQ
Intel Core 2 Duo, E8400, Wolfdale Core, S775, 3.0 GHz, 1333MHz, 6MB Cache, Retail
4GB (2x2GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800), 240 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-18
20.1" Asus VW202SR, Black, Widescreen, 5 ms, 1680x1050, 3000:1, Speakers
Optiarc/NEC AD-7200S-0S 20xDVD±R, 8xDVD±DL, DVD+RW x8/-RW x6, DVD-RAM x12, SATA, Silver, OEM,
Abit IP35V, iP35 Express, S 775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 1066/667/800 MHz, SATA II, ATX
512MB BFG Tech 8800GT OC, PCI-E 2.0, Mem 1800MHz GDDR3, GPU 625MHz, Streams 112, 2x DL DVI-I