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Please Help is PSU good enough/enough watts?
08-11-2013, 05:50 PM, (This post was last modified: 09-08-2013, 08:20 PM by Silen.)
Please Help is PSU good enough/enough watts?
I built the computer and was wondering if the PSU is good enough it was pretty cheap. Should I get a new one? I won't be able to for 2 months. Is it a risk to keep on using it? Please please help I do not want my computer to break..


Intel Core i5-3350P- 170$

Mother board

ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard- 60$


Corsair value select 1333 mhz 2x4- 70$

Graphics card

EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DP Graphics Card 02G-P4-2662-KR- 205$


Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 64MB cache SATA III- 63$

Solid State Drive

Samsung 840 120GB- 98$

SATA Cable

StarTech 18in SATA to Right Angle SATA Serial ATA Cable (SATA18RA1-3$

Power supply

APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 500W ATX Power Supply- 40$


NZXT Technologies Source 210 Computer Case (Black)- 40$


ASUS VS228H-P 22-Inch Full-HD 5ms LED-Lit LCD Monitor- 120$

Final Price 870$
09-20-2013, 09:14 PM,
RE: Please Help is PSU good enough/enough watts?
I don't think its enough. I had 500watt unit with a similar build and a 560ti and in intensive games the computer would shut itself off. I'm not sure if continuing to use it risks damaging your computer, but I would think you should have more power
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09-21-2013, 12:49 AM,
Please Help is PSU good enough/enough watts?
It's generally a rule of thumb that you invest well into PSUs, as a cheap one can cause rapid degradation in your other components.

Additionally always buy your power needs plus 10% more to handle power surges and account for the decline of power output of the PSU over time. Particularly in your build with an OC'ed GPU, you will pull even more power as well.

So think the consensus is, yeah probably for the best that you replace that power supply with a say 550-600W equivalent recommended by HR. You will be much happier if you do in the long run.
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SSD: Samsung 830 Series 256GB SATA 6.0Gb/s HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB PSU: SeaSonic Platinum-1000 80 PLUS Modular ODD: SONY DVD 24x
CPU Cooler: Thermalright SilverArrow Sound: Creative SB X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty PCI-E Case: CM Storm Trooper
09-21-2013, 05:48 PM, (This post was last modified: 09-21-2013, 05:49 PM by Brandonsr.)
RE: Please Help is PSU good enough/enough watts?
Like Pedwards already mentioned you want to invest in a quality Power supply. The particular psu you chose is the not best of quality.

500w is plenty of power, but it doesn't hurt to have a little extra headroom. Check out the budget gaming article.
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Corsair Vengeance 8gb] Video Card: EVGA GTX 1070 FE Power Supply: Corsair TX 750w
Samsung 840 120gb
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09-21-2013, 06:36 PM,
RE: Please Help is PSU good enough/enough watts?
Antec, corsair, Seasonic are three manufacturers that make good to great PSUs. I would go with them over the one selected in the OP.
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