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July 6, 2013 7:42:56 PM

I just purchased a new system, and I wanted other opinions on my PSU for the buiid

Ill give you the whole detail of my build

Rosewill Thor V2 White case

Intel 4670k

Asus Z87-Pro

G Skill Ripjaws X series 8 GB DDR3 1866

Xigmatek Dark Knight II Night Hawk Edition CPU cooler (one fan for now)

Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 7200 RPM 64 MB cache HDD

Pioneer Black x15 Blu Ray Burner

Asus GTX770 2 GB


My PSU is RAIDMAX Blackstone 700w Continuous power PSU. Its Bronze certified it claims. Heres the link for it from Newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....

My question is will this PSU really screw up my system. I've read the feedback and ratings and many people like it, and many people are completely against it. I haven't tried it myself, but I don't wanna knock it before I try it myself.

And if anything else in my build list there seems wrong also, please tell me. I am going to be adding more memory in later after this month is over.

Thanks guys

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July 6, 2013 8:15:27 PM

That power supply is plenty. I don't think you'll have issues. If you go SLI and start overclocking things, you might run into problems, but for that setup the Blackstone will do fine.
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July 6, 2013 8:21:09 PM

For psu quality, I go by this list:
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
Raidmax is tier 5, probably based on full-test reviews of their units, which I'd consider more reliable than user reviews at NewEgg.
I don't recommend getting an uncertain-quality psu even just to "try it", because a faulty one can damage other components in the system, and warranties won't cover that damage. The users who posted good reviews on NewEgg might be the lucky ones who didn't have it blow up on them before posting their reviews, or they might be using them in systems that really only require 200W or less from the psu.
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July 6, 2013 8:30:23 PM

Hard to say. I couldn't find any real reviews of it online. I see the voltage select switch on it so I know it's based on an older design. I see it's also sold at walmart. So yea.... I personally wouldn't run it as I refuse to run any voltage select switch PSUs. Those went out years ago. I'd try to find something newer.
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July 6, 2013 8:54:09 PM

MauveCloud said:
For psu quality, I go by this list:
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
Raidmax is tier 5, probably based on full-test reviews of their units, which I'd consider more reliable than user reviews at NewEgg.
I don't recommend getting an uncertain-quality psu even just to "try it", because a faulty one can damage other components in the system, and warranties won't cover that damage. The users who posted good reviews on NewEgg might be the lucky ones who didn't have it blow up on them before posting their reviews, or they might be using them in systems that really only require 200W or less from the psu.


Im gonna RMA it then and look for another PSU and get a new one ordered. That link was really helpful.

Thanks guys very much for helping me out here
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July 6, 2013 10:29:55 PM

gnelson56 said:
MauveCloud said:
For psu quality, I go by this list:
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
Raidmax is tier 5, probably based on full-test reviews of their units, which I'd consider more reliable than user reviews at NewEgg.
I don't recommend getting an uncertain-quality psu even just to "try it", because a faulty one can damage other components in the system, and warranties won't cover that damage. The users who posted good reviews on NewEgg might be the lucky ones who didn't have it blow up on them before posting their reviews, or they might be using them in systems that really only require 200W or less from the psu.


Im gonna RMA it then and look for another PSU and get a new one ordered. That link was really helpful.

Thanks guys very much for helping me out here


RMA is usually a term for returning DEFECTIVE products. However, if you haven't opened it you may be able to return and just pay a re-stocking fee.

I'm not sure of the exact policy but you will have to look that up through the seller.

Make sure to:
1) Look for PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS (if they give it a "value" rating that may not be applicable if the price has changed.)

2) Look for Customer Comments (at least 30 and look at the WORST comments.) For example:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-152-0...

Not sure if this is YOUR PSU, but note that 26% of customers gave it a 1/5 with many saying it was "dead" etc. That was a very big warning sign.

*For NEWEGG and other sites, you can list reviews for ONLY the individual star rating. I always look at 1/5 and 2/5 ratings to see the common complaints. For PSU's, a common complaint is:
- "fan too loud"
- "chirping" or other noises
- DOA (Dead On Arrival)
- Failed after short time
- cable issues
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July 9, 2013 9:17:38 AM

photonboy said:
gnelson56 said:
MauveCloud said:
For psu quality, I go by this list:
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
Raidmax is tier 5, probably based on full-test reviews of their units, which I'd consider more reliable than user reviews at NewEgg.
I don't recommend getting an uncertain-quality psu even just to "try it", because a faulty one can damage other components in the system, and warranties won't cover that damage. The users who posted good reviews on NewEgg might be the lucky ones who didn't have it blow up on them before posting their reviews, or they might be using them in systems that really only require 200W or less from the psu.


Im gonna RMA it then and look for another PSU and get a new one ordered. That link was really helpful.

Thanks guys very much for helping me out here


RMA is usually a term for returning DEFECTIVE products. However, if you haven't opened it you may be able to return and just pay a re-stocking fee.

I'm not sure of the exact policy but you will have to look that up through the seller.

Make sure to:
1) Look for PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS (if they give it a "value" rating that may not be applicable if the price has changed.)

2) Look for Customer Comments (at least 30 and look at the WORST comments.) For example:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-152-0...

Not sure if this is YOUR PSU, but note that 26% of customers gave it a 1/5 with many saying it was "dead" etc. That was a very big warning sign.

*For NEWEGG and other sites, you can list reviews for ONLY the individual star rating. I always look at 1/5 and 2/5 ratings to see the common complaints. For PSU's, a common complaint is:
- "fan too loud"
- "chirping" or other noises
- DOA (Dead On Arrival)
- Failed after short time
- cable issues


I'm ordering a new one tonight, and paying the extra shipping to have it by friday. I'm looking at this PSU, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... I saw it was in Tier 2 I believe, but it got a lot of hate. I've seen this in a few computers my friends have. Any objections to this PSU? I also saw that many people liked it also

I am sending back my Raidmax, I have already contacted Newegg and gotten things straightened out.
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July 9, 2013 9:49:47 AM

Only hate I have for that is its overkill for what you need. It can run two of that card. I would only get it if you are getting two cards.
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July 9, 2013 12:43:30 PM

4745454b said:
Only hate I have for that is its overkill for what you need. It can run two of that card. I would only get it if you are getting two cards.


I'm planning on putting another 770 in at a later time. I haven't decided yet, but I want to over clock also. What's a good range of watts for what I have now?
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July 9, 2013 12:48:48 PM

You should be drawing less then 350W. So depending on your overclocks a quality 500-550W unit should be fine. A gold rated 650 or bronze 750 would be needed for SLI.
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July 9, 2013 2:38:10 PM

4745454b said:
You should be drawing less then 350W. So depending on your overclocks a quality 500-550W unit should be fine. A gold rated 650 or bronze 750 would be needed for SLI.


Ill take that into consideration when looking at PSU's. Thanks guys for helping. I want to be able to keep this PC around for a few years.
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July 9, 2013 2:43:12 PM

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

PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III Series 750W Modular Power Supply features 100% Nippon Chemi-Con Capacitors compatible with Intel Haswell Core i3/i5/i7 and AMD


I'm taking this one into consideration now after you posted it. I saw it earlier today and I wanted more info on this PSU. Thanks for posting this link!

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