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Should I get a new PSU

So I just got done with my first build last night, it took me and my brother 8 hours to get it working. We were having issues with it, but to make a long story short we had the 4 pin floppy connector on the chassis fan header (we didn't know it was the floppy power cable at the time). It was the only cable that fit on the fan header, the cord wasn't labeled so we assumed it was for the fan header, it was also coming off the molex connectors that go to the fans so we thought it was a fan header connector... first timer mistake. When we finally ran the system without that connected it fired up first time and now has an OS on it.

Now onto the PSU, a couple guys from a different forum were helping us through our build yesterday, and gave the advice to buy a better PSU. The PSU that I am using now is the one that came with the case, its a raidmax 500W RX-500S (KY-600ATX) ATX12V.

What do you think the quality of this PSU is? The guys said that it could potentially fry all my other components. Is that true? Here is my build:

1) Kingston SSDNow V300 Series SV300S37A/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

2) G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9Q-16GBZL

3) Intel Core i5-4430 Haswell 3.0GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54430

4) ASUS B85M-G LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

5) LG Internal Super Multi Drive SATA Model GH24NSB0 - OEM

You're probably thinking "Wheres the GPU!", I don't have one yet.

So what should I do? Keep my PSU and run it or should I get a better one? How much would I be looking at to get a decent, reliable, and safe PSU?

I've kinda been looking on newegg but there seems to be a lot of mixed reviews, some of them last for years and other only a few months. Why is that? I'm thinking part of it is because of the people who over-clock and don't plug it into a surge protective bar? Or it could be the product itself? How do I separate user error from a bad product?

I plan on doing no over-clocking.

Sorry for this long read, any help is greatly appreciated.
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  1. Yes change that PSU before it blows up....whats your budget for a new one.... :)
  2. I was wanting to keep it around $40-$60.
  3. Raidmax power supplies are very cheap and have been known to explode and destroy other components.

    Tier 5 - Other than the units listed above for any of these brands, NOT RECOMMENDED.
    Replace ASAP if you have one.

    A-TOP Technology
    Apevia
    APEX (SUPERCASE/ALLIED)
    Aspire(Turbo Case)
    ATADC
    Athena Power
    ATRIX
    Broadway Com Corp
    Coolmax
    Deer
    Diablotek
    Dynapower USA
    Dynex
    EagleTech
    FOXCONN
    FSP Everest
    HEC Orion
    Hiper Type-R
    Huntkey
    I-Star Computer Co. Ltd
    In Win
    JPAC COMPUTER
    Just PC
    Kingwin Inc.
    Linkworld Electronics
    Logisys Computer
    MGE
    MSI
    NMEDIAPC
    Norwood Micro/ CompUSA
    NorthQ
    NZXT
    Okia
    Powmax
    Q-Tec
    Raidmax<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
    Rocketfish
    Rosewill
    SFC
    Shuttle
    Skyhawk
    Spire Coolers
    Star Micro
    STARTECH
    Thermaltake Purepower NP
    Thermaltake Purepower RU
    Thermaltake TR2 (and TR2-RX)
    TOPOWER TOP
    Ultra X-Connect
    Ultra X2 >greater than 700 watt
    Ultra LSP
    Wintech
    XION
    YoungYear
    Zebronics


    Get this high quality XFX power supply made by SEASONIC.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $59.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 15:33 EDT-0400)
  4. Wow it looks like I'll be replacing it then! Is there a list like that of trusted brands?
  5. Seasonic , XFX , Antec , Corsair HX and AX Series.
  6. Raidmax is one of the worst PSU brands around I would highly suggest replacing it. Get one from tier 1,2 or 3 in this list
    http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
  7. http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

    This list is a great guide buy one from the first 2 tier's.
  8. Cortland15B said:
    Wow it looks like I'll be replacing it then! Is there a list like that of trusted brands?


    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx500m
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-100b10500kr
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ssr550rm
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9

    Its under $60 like you wanted it :)
    Also check this out : http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
    it lists best PSUs to worst
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $59.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 15:41 EDT-0400)


    or


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Total: $69.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 15:42 EDT-0400)


    or


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $74.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 15:43 EDT-0400)
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