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Estimated PSU life

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#1
I have a 480watt Bequiet PSU, its a good PSU, its quiet, its stable, and its provided great service, the thing is, i´ve had this PSU since around 2005, i´ve never abused it much, i doubt any of my builds have gone above 350 watt of power consumption, and since i´ve never had any power hungry machines, or Sli/crossfire (which it is ready for), i´ve never found a reason to upgrade or replace it,

the question is, with 3+ years on its back, is it time to retire it ? or ride it till it dies ?
 
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#2
i have had this pc since 2003 and it still goes strong

i say keep it till it dies on you
 
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#3
if its still running smooth with no sounds or anything weird i guess its ok to keep it
 
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#4
Keep on using it you might get a dud buying new and retireing a good 1
 
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#5
usualy the fan will die before the power supply.
 
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#6
Unless your going to upgrade another part...I would say stay with what you have!!