Will Antec Earthwatts 500w PSU be enough for my gaming rig?

Hello all,

I recently upgraded my gaming PC, and I was wondering If I could still use my 500w Antec Earthwatts PSU, or if it would be better to upgrade.

My specs:
MB: Asus M5A97 R2.0
CPU: AMD FX 8350 ,stock 4.0GHz (plan on overclocking to 5GHz or so, since watercooling)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4x2GB DDR3 1600MHz (8GB total)
Water Cooling: Cooler Master Seidon 240mm with two 120mm fans
HDD: Samsung HD103SJ 7200rpm 1TB (storage)
SSD: OCZ Vertex Sata III 60GB (OS)
Optical Drives: Atapi DVD Writer
1 Rear fan, and possibly one more along the way

I haven't tried this configuration with my 500w 80+ Bronze PSU. Should I buy another? If so, what is recommended? I don't mind spending if I need to. I would like to save as much as I can though.

Thank you to all who read!:bounce:
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    ^ the link to my current PSU, for whoever was curious
  2. Yes your PSU can power those specs.
  3. Other than simply shutting down, will anything bad happen to my components if it so happens that the PSU cannot power it?

    I only ask because every other thread I read insists that people purchase another, and I am particularly cautious.
  4. its not a great psu. it is a bit of a gamble.

    and yes, overloading a psu can damage other parts. usually the motherboard, possibly the gpu and very rarely the ram. cpu is almost always fine.
  5. in general the worse that will happen if the psu can't power it properly is restarts/crashes. your psu is made by antec which usually makes good psu-s so even run close to the limit like in your case it should be fine.
  6. antec does make good psus.

    that one in particular is one of their worst builds
  7. I'll just let it be then, if it does crash I'll grab their 650w green version

    Unless someone has a cheaper + more reliable approach?
  8. It should be able to power your specs , but I would upgrade in the near future.
  9. Best answer
    Made by the best SEASONIC.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $49.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-14 19:32 EST-0500)
  10. Thank you so much! I'll look into this one.
  11. Your welcome.
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