Originally Posted by tony gray
Be warned guys.... Those sort of modded PC Power Supplies are banned from use here in Aus. They rarely meet the appropriate electrical standards and are prone to going bang....
I know its tempting because they're so cheap, but they're rather dangerous. Anyone here turns up with one they get sent home.
I think they may only be banned in some states - there are certainly a few guys in QLD that use them without problems. My original one, built in Aug 2004, is still running strong - never had any trouble.
I think the main problem with attempting these conversions is people over-estimating their abilities - I have said it many times - You should not attempt to modify a PC power supply unless you have the appropriate skills and knowledge.
But overall it is similar to many other types of possibly dangerous machinery or equipment - if you fail to heed the warnings about the dangers then you only have yourself to blame when everything goes wrong.