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August 23, 2013 5:14:10 PM

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

http://www.ebuyer.com/442064-coolermaster-k350-and-elit...
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August 23, 2013 5:21:16 PM

dont waste your money and just buy a decent unit to start with. cooler master is low quality.
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August 23, 2013 5:38:45 PM

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.
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August 23, 2013 6:12:49 PM

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.

Thanks.
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August 23, 2013 10:44:53 PM

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.
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August 24, 2013 7:22:42 AM

Think I'll go for the Corsair CX430 instead and spend a bit more. Better to be safe than sorry.
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August 24, 2013 8:08:52 AM

Thanks but I think i'll stick with the corsair CX430 as i have found one for an okay price.
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August 24, 2013 6:21:40 PM

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.
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August 24, 2013 7:01:37 PM

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.
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August 26, 2013 5:13:28 PM

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.
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August 27, 2013 9:36:54 PM

No problem anytime.
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July 4, 2014 11:52:41 PM

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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