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What PSU should I get?


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#1 ajhakra

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 12:36 PM

I am planning on upgrading to the AMD R9 280X but unsure on which PSU(wattage) I should also get so that everything gets enough power and works. My current specs are:

 

CPU-AMD FX-4100 black edition(with a Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO cooler)

GPU-Zotac 560(with a Arctic accelero twin turbo II)

RAM-Mushkin 8GB DDR3 

Motherboard-Asus M5A78L-M/USB3

HDDs- 2TD Western Digital and a 500GB Seagate

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PSU-Cooler master 500W

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 12:52 PM

it looks like the minimum recommended is a 500W so yours might be fine, but with the extra coolers and the second internat hard drive you may want to upgrade to something a little bigger to be safe, I would say a 750 would be a safe bet, this will also allow for some more future upgrades (second video card, more hard drives, etc)



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 01:02 PM

You have more then enough wattage. 



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 03:11 PM

Hi, technically speaking 500W is perfectly fine for the configuration but not all 500W power supply are created equal. Chances are that the Coolermaster power supply model you currently have probably cannot handle the full 500W. 


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 03:52 PM

Hi, technically speaking 500W is perfectly fine for the configuration but not all 500W power supply are created equal. Chances are that the Coolermaster power supply model you currently have probably cannot handle the full 500W. 

 

 

it looks like the minimum recommended is a 500W so yours might be fine, but with the extra coolers and the second internat hard drive you may want to upgrade to something a little bigger to be safe, I would say a 750 would be a safe bet, this will also allow for some more future upgrades (second video card, more hard drives, etc)

So should a 750W be enough to run the card plus my current specs?(excluding the GPU of course)


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 04:20 PM

750W is more then enough for a system that contains a single graphics card but with that much power there will be a lot unused power which will result in lower efficiency. For the configuration you could go for a high quality 600W power supply which is enough but it will also allow for small upgrades in the future. 


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 05:45 PM

750W is more then enough for a system that contains a single graphics card but with that much power there will be a lot unused power which will result in lower efficiency. For the configuration you could go for a high quality 600W power supply which is enough but it will also allow for small upgrades in the future. 

Ok, Thanks for the help!



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Posted 02 November 2013 - 09:52 PM

don't forget the amperage. my thermaltake 430 watt PSU has two rails with 15 amps per rail for a thumping 30 amps total in my XP internet machine. My Ultra 750 watt PSU has a cruising total of 48 amps on a single 12 volt rail in my standalone Win7 work machine. some performance level PSUs sport over 60 amps on the 12 volt rail, and those cost more obviously.

 

   There are benchmarking and review sites, some are better than others of course.  PSUs are definitely important and deserve thorough research to ensure a great buy!


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Posted 03 November 2013 - 06:54 PM

don't forget the amperage. my thermaltake 430 watt PSU has two rails with 15 amps per rail for a thumping 30 amps total in my XP internet machine. My Ultra 750 watt PSU has a cruising total of 48 amps on a single 12 volt rail in my standalone Win7 work machine. some performance level PSUs sport over 60 amps on the 12 volt rail, and those cost more obviously.

 

   There are benchmarking and review sites, some are better than others of course.  PSUs are definitely important and deserve thorough research to ensure a great buy!

 

 

750W is more then enough for a system that contains a single graphics card but with that much power there will be a lot unused power which will result in lower efficiency. For the configuration you could go for a high quality 600W power supply which is enough but it will also allow for small upgrades in the future. 

 

 

You have more then enough wattage. 

Will this one be enough?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-Builder-Series-Bronze-Supply/dp/B009RMP44O/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1383522829&sr=1-2&keywords=600w+psu



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Posted 03 November 2013 - 10:50 PM

corsair TX series fits the bill i think. in the 650 - 750 watt range.  i also see that seasonic comes with a nice recommendation. be sure the  amperage is over 55 total for the 12 volt channel (s).


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Posted 04 November 2013 - 01:02 AM

I have this one in my system right now http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005 I have SSD and HDD and Geforce 550ti and it runs smoothly 

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-TX650V2-Enthusiast-Series-Bronze/dp/B004O0P9TO/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1383544961&sr=1-1&keywords=corsair+tx+650


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