Maybe it’s all the giraffe videos, but right now, I can really hear the Computer of Theseus straining, lately. Forget jet engine taking off… the thing sounds like ice being fed through a garbage disposal. I think it’s the fan on the power supply, and I think I’m probably going to have to get another one before summer kicks in, and I actually need a fan on my power supply.
This is an old power supply. It may actually be the last component from the original build, or at least, the last one I’m using on a regular basis. I bought it cheap, back when I wasn’t sure I could make the thing work, and didn’t want to spend a lot of money, if it flopped.
It’s modular with UV reactive cables (there has never been a UV light in my computer, BTW) and it has more power than I could even slightly imagine using back when I started building the thing.
Since then, the machine has developed into a scrap-yard behemoth. Anything salvageable winds up there. Maybe not always plugged in and running, but… we don’t like to throw things out.
I repaired the thing once, when the fan grill came loose in shipping.
Very, very carefully, because a power supply can hold a charge for a long time, and opening it… well, it’s probably the only piece that can kill you.
Maybe I should have replaced it back then, and I know I should replace it, right now.
And maybe there are a couple of case fans I could switch out, too.
And you know… well, some of the new processors look pretty good.
Of course, that would mean a new motherboard….
Which would lead us to new memory.
I should probably just swap out the power supply and be done with it. Everything else can wait, at least until after I get through with the writing conference.
M. C. Frye