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

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January 14, 2014 3:35:17 PM

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)
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC 4GB DDR5
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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January 14, 2014 3:47:40 PM

Yes your PSU can power those specs.
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January 14, 2014 3:51:02 PM

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.
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January 14, 2014 3:53:14 PM

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.
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January 14, 2014 3:54:12 PM

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.
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January 14, 2014 3:55:35 PM

antec does make good psus.

that one in particular is one of their worst builds
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January 14, 2014 4:31:28 PM

It should be able to power your specs , but I would upgrade in the near future.
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January 14, 2014 4:32:38 PM

Made by the best SEASONIC.


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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)
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January 14, 2014 7:15:56 PM

Thank you so much! I'll look into this one.
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January 14, 2014 7:20:58 PM

Your welcome.
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