The longest pause in the world is...
...how long it takes to get the POST beep the first time you power on your computer after you've had a power supply burn out and just installed a new one.
But when it finally happens, WHAT RELIEF!!!
As I was getting ready to go to be last night, I started a process doing a format conversion on 2 movies (i.e., heavy CPU demands). All of a sudden my computer turned off, and wouldn't power back on. (Sick feeling begins.) I reached to the back and the area of the case around the power supply was quite warm. Uh oh.
There's a TigerDirect outlet 15 minutes from my work, so at lunch today I ran over there (since they have the Antec True430 for $80 - best online with free shipping is about $73, but I didn't want to wait on shipping). Took out the old PSU (which was a "bargain" 400 watt one) -- hmm, the fan doesn't turning very freely. Popped in the Antec, hooked everything up, plugged in the power, hit the power switch (it started now!) and waited...and waited...and waited. It seemed to be taking a lot longer than I usually remember waiting to hear the beep. But finally, ahhhhh.
The Antec is a lot quiter than my old PSU, to boot.