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

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July 2, 2013 4:52:42 AM

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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July 2, 2013 4:59:23 AM

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?
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July 2, 2013 5:00:57 AM

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.
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July 2, 2013 5:01:04 AM

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.
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July 2, 2013 7:53:22 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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
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July 2, 2013 7:54:42 AM

Don't forget to choose a Best Solution when opening a question thread , the forum members will appreciate that

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July 2, 2013 8:39:19 AM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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.
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July 2, 2013 6:54:32 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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.
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July 2, 2013 7:15:10 PM

Thanks!
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July 2, 2013 7:18:45 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Thanks!


I started a thread for Haswell Certified PSU list HERE, but it's not complete yet.
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July 2, 2013 7:30:04 PM

Nice let me know when it's complete.
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July 2, 2013 7:37:09 PM

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

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July 2, 2013 7:59:09 PM

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 :( 
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July 2, 2013 8:02:13 PM

Ok.
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