Cooler Master Elite PSU Good Enough

Hi guys,

I'm going to be building a new PC soon and my CPU will be an i3 3220. I am new to PC building ad just wanted someone else's opinion. I just want to know if This PSU (COOLER MASTER ELITE 500W) will be ok for a short while. I am not going to be adding a Graphics Card yet but when I do I'll probably get a Corsair PSU when I do as I have heard Cooler Masters PSU's are not very good quality. The reason I'm considering is because I can get it bundled with the K350 case. Basically I just want to know if this a very bad decision or a can get a better deal on a case and PSU.

Coolermaster K350 Case and Elite 500W PSU Bundle
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  1. dont waste your money and just buy a decent unit to start with. cooler master is low quality.
  2. Best answer
    It's a bad decision.You shouldn't ever skimp on the power supply no matter what the reason.The Cooler Master Elite series are not very reliable NOT RECOMMENDED. If you have one, you should strongly consider replacing it ASAP. These can damage your computer, and often cannot put out the power that they're rated for.If you do get it only use 75% or less of labeled wattage) as that's really all it can handle.I strongly suggest you don't buy it.
  3. Ok I'll look for a better deal. I just thought it wouldn't be as bad if I wasn't running it with a GPU. I knew these weren't very good anyway. but even if I do end up buying it I wouldn't put a graphics card in it.

  4. No problem.You're welcome bud.I think you are making a good choice i mean honestly it might work fine for you're intentions but my point is why risk it It's not worth it imo.
  5. Think I'll go for the Corsair CX430 instead and spend a bit more. Better to be safe than sorry.
  6. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Power Supply: Enermax 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($43.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $43.97
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-24 10:44 EDT-0400)
  7. Thanks but I think i'll stick with the corsair CX430 as i have found one for an okay price.
  8. Bennyboy_234 said:
    Think I'll go for the Corsair CX430 instead and spend a bit more. Better to be safe than sorry.

    I agree.
  9. The Enermax is a 450w is made by Channel Well , who make a majority of the Corsairs , they make the 430w Corsair.

    The 430w Corsair is a good choice.
  10. Just ordered the CX430 today. So at least I won't be spending any more money when I eventually get a graphics card.
    Thanks again for the help.
  11. No problem anytime.
  12. Edit: The CM Elite and Extreme series are Tier 5, which are NOT recommended.
    The Corsair CX series are 1000 times better than tier 5 psus.
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