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#1 mrbananapants

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 11:15 AM

i have a 500 watt power supply (http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=23500), and im getting the Radeon HD 3870 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129100)and an AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103773). do i need get a power supply with more watts or will 500 be enough?

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 11:33 AM

The minimum Wattage is 450W, if you are going to run CrossFire you will need 650W.

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 11:53 AM

that basiq is their value line and an iffy choice, you will probably wear it out quickly and it might end up damaging other components when it goes, I just found out that's one of the leading causes of ram failure
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Posted 22 December 2007 - 12:19 PM

that basiq is their value line and an iffy choice, you will probably wear it out quickly and it might end up damaging other components when it goes, I just found out that's one of the leading causes of ram failure


This would depend on the quality of the components. If they don't have a lot of peripheral devices sharing the PSU and it is of good quality there shouldn't be a problem with the 500W PSU. The quality also extends to the RAM, now all modules are created equally.

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 12:39 PM

I just found out that's one of the leading causes of ram failure


Yeah, I found that out the hard way too :thumbsup: .

On an economic note: if you're going to buy a new PSU, wait until the day after Christmas for the best deals. I got an excellent 650 Watt PSU last year for only $68 at CompUSA! (Plus, CompUSA is closing a lot of their stores; the one in your area may be having a closing sale with huge slashes in price.)

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 12:47 PM

FWIW: Another good time to buy anything is January (inventories for all Dec year-end businesses, write it down and sell or write it off).

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 09:26 PM

Its doing alrigh amps on the 12 volt rails but it is as stated "basiq" in my opinion for a basic computer. Above was mentioned that you need a minimum of 450watts i assuming that is 450 continuous if so then you will probably need a better power supply because the basiq 500 isn 80+ certified and on newegg is doesnt state if its even >70% efficient.

This is not a bad deal and honestly you will probably never have to get another power supply again. Its also 40 bucks cheaper than new egg. I mean if you need to buy it just buy it once and be done with it

Thermaltake 750w Tough Power 99.99

I personally bought a cooler master 80+ certified and its 750+ Max and 650 continuous and i will probably never have to upgrade it.

Edited by Lucky23, 22 December 2007 - 09:28 PM.

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 09:29 PM

PC Club is even cheaper then Club It on that power supply also.

Thermaltalke 750 Club It 119.99

thermaltake 750 Newegg 139.99

Edited by Lucky23, 22 December 2007 - 09:32 PM.

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