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Is a 500w power supply going to be enough for my PC build?

So, these are the components that make up my future build:
Intel 4670k processor
MSI Z87-G43 motherboard
Kingston DDR3 RAM at 1600 MHz
500 GB Western Digital Caviar Black HDD
Zalman CNPS10X OPTIMA CPU cooler
and the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 with 3 GB of VRAM
Like I said before, will 500w be enough or should I get a 600w one instead, I'm planning on using the CoolerMaster GX lite PSU.
Thanks for reading and answering in advance.
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  1. GX Lite stuffs from CM are bad PSU. You should find one from XFX, Seasonic, Corsair or Enermax instead. How's your budget and what's your country?
  2. Yes 500 watts should be enough, however I would highly recommend getting at least 600 watts.

    http://support.asus.com/PowerSupply.aspx?SLanguage=en
    "Your Recommended Minimum Power Supply is 500 Watts"
  3. vpahel said:
    So, these are the components that make up my future build:
    Intel 4670k processor
    MSI Z87-G43 motherboard
    Kingston DDR3 RAM at 1600 MHz
    500 GB Western Digital Caviar Black HDD
    Zalman CNPS10X OPTIMA CPU cooler
    and the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 with 3 GB of VRAM
    Like I said before, will 500w be enough or should I get a 600w one instead, I'm planning on using the CoolerMaster GX lite PSU.
    Thanks for reading and answering in advance.


    500 watts is at the bare minimum of what you need; that 7950 will suck up over 40% on its own. I would recommend 650 at least to be safe.
  4. I would generally say yes that 500w is plenty for your build, but I would stick to Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, PCP&C, or XFX for the brands of PSU's to get. I like to get at least 80 PLUS Bronze Certified PSU's also, so you get a quality PSU that is efficient too. If you want a bit more upgrade room/OC'ing room, I'd suggest at least 550w-600w of one of the PSU's brands listed before.
  5. Best answer
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013


    XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    + $15 off w/ promo code EMCXPVM38, ends 7/4
    $54.99 after promo code
  6. Don't forget to choose a Best Solution when opening a question thread , the forum members will appreciate that

    Thanks for posting!
  7. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013


    XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    + $15 off w/ promo code EMCXPVM38, ends 7/4
    $54.99 after promo code


    Seconding this recommendation. XFX PSUs are manufactured by Seasonic. The price is very, very right for that one.
  8. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013


    XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    + $15 off w/ promo code EMCXPVM38, ends 7/4
    $54.99 after promo code


    I like the PSU, but it hasn't been Haswell certified yet (I'm sure it will probably be, but...). The 650w Pro version is, so there is that option too.
  9. SR-71 Blackbird said:


    I used this Link.
  10. Thanks!
  11. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Thanks!


    I started a thread for Haswell Certified PSU list HERE, but it's not complete yet.
  12. Nice let me know when it's complete.
  13. lunyone said:
    SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Thanks!


    I started a thread for Haswell Certified PSU list HERE, but it's not complete yet.


    Hi - realhardtechx updates their PSU database daily, so you can go to any
    PSU in question & see.

    http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page541.htm
  14. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Nice let me know when it's complete.


    I will do. Unfortunately I'm leaving town for the Holiday and won't be able to complete it until probably next week though :(
  15. Ok.
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