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August 27, 2013 5:09:07 PM

Hi All,
So I am having to RMA my current power supply. It's a now 4 year old Corsair TX650W. When I hook up my video card I get massive coil whine from the PSU (and the replacement video card, but that's another thread). I'm on a shoe string budget and wanted to get everyone's 2 cents. I want to use my system while I wait for my replacement PSU to come in, but all I have laying around is a Antec Basiq 500W (model 500U, has 2 PCIE connectors, albeit daisy chained. Not sure if that's mentioned on their website.) and I am running a pretty light weight system.

I have the following:
Intel i5 3570K (stock speeds)
SanDisk Sata III SSD
WD 1TB Green Sata III HD
EVGA GTX 560 Ti 448
GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 MB.
about 5 or 6 USB thumb drives and 4 Antec Tri-Cool LED fans.

Do you guys think this little PSU could be a sufficient temporary unit for a while? I know that EVGA wants me to have 38 Amps on the 12V rail, and I only have 36, but the PSU is pretty much new, so I think I might be safe. I also know that sometimes companies grossly overestimate their actual power usage or assume the PSU's are older and therefor have to rate their requirements higher then needed, so that's another thing I'm not sure about.

Any comments/tips would sure help!

Thank you!
a b ) Power supply
a b U Graphics card
August 27, 2013 5:12:06 PM

You will be fine with 500W for the time being.
a b ) Power supply
a b U Graphics card
August 27, 2013 5:27:19 PM

nosupport4u said:
Hi All,
So I am having to RMA my current power supply. It's a now 4 year old Corsair TX650W. When I hook up my video card I get massive coil whine from the PSU (and the replacement video card, but that's another thread). I'm on a shoe string budget and wanted to get everyone's 2 cents. I want to use my system while I wait for my replacement PSU to come in, but all I have laying around is a Antec Basiq 500W (model 500U, has 2 PCIE connectors, albeit daisy chained. Not sure if that's mentioned on their website.) and I am running a pretty light weight system.

I have the following:
Intel i5 3570K (stock speeds)
SanDisk Sata III SSD
WD 1TB Green Sata III HD
EVGA GTX 560 Ti 448
GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 MB.
about 5 or 6 USB thumb drives and 4 Antec Tri-Cool LED fans.

Do you guys think this little PSU could be a sufficient temporary unit for a while? I know that EVGA wants me to have 38 Amps on the 12V rail, and I only have 36, but the PSU is pretty much new, so I think I might be safe. I also know that sometimes companies grossly overestimate their actual power usage or assume the PSU's are older and therefor have to rate their requirements higher then needed, so that's another thing I'm not sure about.

Any comments/tips would sure help!

Thank you!


Antec Basiq is a Tier 3 PSU, meaning this thing's going to be reliable enough for sure. However, the lack of the certification is a bit worrisome. You'll be fine for general desktop use, web surfing, documents, some lighter gaming, and editing but don't expect to do anything that'd be on the level of stress testing or 3D rendering just to be safe. All in all, you'll be fine and your PC won't shut down on you randomly unless you overdo it.
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August 27, 2013 5:30:52 PM

Not sure what you mean by a Tier 3, or lacking certifications? It's 80 Plus certified (white label) and I would like to know where you get your Tier specifications. It might come in handy because looking around on Google, the Corsair TX series seem to have some problems with coil whine, and I might not even bother RMA'ing the thing.

Thanks!

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a b U Graphics card
August 27, 2013 5:45:56 PM
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nosupport4u said:
Not sure what you mean by a Tier 3, or lacking certifications? It's 80 Plus certified (white label) and I would like to know where you get your Tier specifications. It might come in handy because looking around on Google, the Corsair TX series seem to have some problems with coil whine, and I might not even bother RMA'ing the thing.

Thanks!



Oh, it's 80 Plus? I just google searched an Antec Basiq 500W, and saw the first model I came across didn't have a certification so I assumed that must be it. If it's 80 Plus, even if it's not Bronze, then you're most certainly fine for that build.

As for your question, this is the Tier list everyone looks at:
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

Tier 1 is as good and reliable as it gets, and for the love of God avoid Tier 5 unless you're trying to murder someone with a build that can blow up on them.
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