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Is my PSU (Cooler Master RS-500-PCAP-I3) going to be a problem in the future?

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July 12, 2013 2:40:25 AM

I bought a barebones machine with the PSU in the title included. I've been running it for about 5 months now and I've had no issues with anything.

I'm running:

i5-3570k @4.4Ghz
4x4GB 1600Mhz RAM
Gigabyte 4GB GTX770
2 HDD/ 1 SSD
2 Optical Drives
5 Fans

As mentioned earlier, I've had zero issues with this setup but it was recently brought to my attention that my PSU is not exactly recommended for this kind of setup, especially with overclocks.

It's an OEM PSU so it's hard to find specs for it online. I think it's rated at 435W or something around that, despite having 500 in it's name (what a scam -.-). I found these specs online;

Specifications Power Supply
Power 500 W
Standard ATX12V 2.3
The number of separate +12 V lines 2
Max. current on +12 V rails 20 A
Combined load on the +12 V 360 W
Power Factor Correction (PFC) Yes passive
Performance 70%
80 PLUS certified No
The size of the power supply fan 120 mm
Number of fans 1
Highlighting Fan No
Power supply connections
The modular cabling Power No
Power supply Motherboard 20 + 4 pin
4 pin CPU Yes2 (4 +4 pin)
8 pin CPU Yes1 (4 +4 pin)
FDD 4 pin Yes 1
4 pin IDE Yes 3
SATA Yes 5
6 pin VGA Yes 1
8 pin VGA No
Dimensions
Height 86 mm
Width 150 mm
Depth 140 mm

Am I ok to continue using this build as it is? I was even at 4.7Ghz for a couple of weeks and still didn't run into any issues. Thank you.


EDIT: I bought a Corsair CX600 to put my mind at ease for £60. Thanks anyway.
July 12, 2013 3:28:21 AM

Its a risk OCing with a PSU that weak, especially with deals going around all the time on PSUs. A corsair hx750 for example is a great PSU, cheap and will handle your system no problems.
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July 12, 2013 3:40:04 AM

maxiim said:
Its a risk OCing with a PSU that weak, especially with deals going around all the time on PSUs. A corsair hx750 for example is a great PSU, cheap and will handle your system no problems.


£115 is cheap for a PSU? Damn I've been buying £50-80 PSUs for years. All worked perfectly too.

With my overclocking, I have also run every stress test there is, for hours upon hours at a time; again with no problems. I don't know whether I'm just getting worried for no reason here, since everything is working exactly as it should but I can't shake the feeling that I need to change it.
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July 17, 2013 12:44:22 AM

3Dawg said:
maxiim said:
Its a risk OCing with a PSU that weak, especially with deals going around all the time on PSUs. A corsair hx750 for example is a great PSU, cheap and will handle your system no problems.


£115 is cheap for a PSU? Damn I've been buying £50-80 PSUs for years. All worked perfectly too.

With my overclocking, I have also run every stress test there is, for hours upon hours at a time; again with no problems. I don't know whether I'm just getting worried for no reason here, since everything is working exactly as it should but I can't shake the feeling that I need to change it.


Well if it all works no need to change it, I guess prices differ a good deal form the US to where you are cause that PSU here in the states is 130usd when not discounted thats about 85 gbp?.
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