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March 10, 2014 12:29:06 PM

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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March 10, 2014 12:30:48 PM

Yes change that PSU before it blows up....whats your budget for a new one.... :) 
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March 10, 2014 12:32:51 PM

I was wanting to keep it around $40-$60.
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March 10, 2014 12:33:51 PM

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)

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March 10, 2014 12:36:43 PM

Wow it looks like I'll be replacing it then! Is there a list like that of trusted brands?
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March 10, 2014 12:39:18 PM

Seasonic , XFX , Antec , Corsair HX and AX Series.
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March 10, 2014 12:42:59 PM

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-cx500...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-100b1050...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ssr5...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb...

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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a c 1955 ) Power supply
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a c 826 à CPUs
March 10, 2014 12:44:01 PM

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)


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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)


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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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