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Please recommend: PSU for Silverstone SG10 build.

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January 25, 2014 5:18:33 AM

Hi everyone,

I'm planning to build a rig for some gaming and numerical computation work. I really like the Silverstone SG10 mATX case and decided on the following:

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2Hgxk

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card
Case: Silverstone SG10B MicroATX Mini Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply

However, on doing some further research I was led to believe that many PSU's are difficult, if not impossible to build with in this case. Does anyone know if the Corsair PSU that I've picked will work with this case? I was also considering this Seasonic S12II-520 PSU. If neither will work, could you recommend a PSU that would which is at a similar price point?

Also, will the current graphics card work well or is it advisable to try and find a blower-type model?

Thanks in advance!

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a b ) Power supply
a c 159 B Homebuilt system
January 25, 2014 6:28:57 AM
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It supports PSUs potentially up to 180mm long, though they recommend sticking to 160mm.
All three of the PSUs listed so far should fit, but I'd avoid OCZ. None of their PSUs are amazing, and since they went bankrupt I'm not sure how things are being honoured with regards to warranties and RMAs etc.

The XFX Core 550 is £45. It's not modular, but it'll fit, it's great quality and pretty cheap (it's internally fairly similar to the S12, made by the same company). That would be my recommendation.

In most compact cases cooling graphics cards can be an issue, but the SG10 has those three side fans to supply them with cool air. I wouldn't have much of a concern with using an axial fan design, especially as you aren't overclocking etc.
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January 25, 2014 6:50:29 AM

Thanks a lot for the help everyone! The XFX Core 550 sounds excellent. I'm slightly worried by the fact that it is non-modular - would that be a big issue with this case?
a b ) Power supply
a c 159 B Homebuilt system
January 25, 2014 7:02:45 AM

Probably not. The PSU mounts in a slightly odd way in that the back (which usually faces the back of most cases) sits alongside the graphics cards. This means that the internal cables all go the opposite direction, behind the motherboard tray. This should give you an idea what I'm talking about. I'd be pretty confident there would be space inside there to tuck any spare cables, and they shouldn't really interfere with the airflow within the case. It's not going to be terribly tidy, but it shouldn't cause any massive issues.
Modular would certainly be good, but there aren't really any great quality modular PSUs in that price bracket. The CX500M/600M are pretty much the only options before you get up to around £70 and the Corsair RM550 and XFX 650-XXX are available. There is nothing explicitly terrible about the CXs, but the XFX gives an extra 2 years of warranty, which gives you some idea of their confidence in the product. Given how well priced the XFX is, it's hard to look past it, I bought one myself for the same reason.
January 25, 2014 7:34:07 AM

You've convinced me, thanks!
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