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8350 + R9 290 w/ 600w PSU

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March 26, 2014 11:03:50 AM

Hi all,

Below is my build. Do you think the PSU will be enough to power this build? Apart from the CPU being at 4.3GHz, I'm NOT going to be overclocking at all/any more. (PCPP estimates the usage at 494w)

TL: DR - Will a 600w PSU power the below build?

Thanks for your help :) 

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Case Fan: Arctic Cooling Arctic F12 74.0 CFM 120mm Fan
Other: Hard Drive Enclosure
Other: Arctic Cooling MX-4 4g Thermal Compound
Other: 3.5" blue LED Fan Controller
Other: Wireless keyboard and (2000DPI) mouse

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March 26, 2014 11:06:30 AM

While a 600w power supply would be plenty for your build, I would steer away from the cx series by Corsair. They use cheap parts and have developed a reputation for not lasting very long.
If you can tell me what country youre from, what site you prefer to order from, and a budget for the power supply, I can help you pick one out.
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March 26, 2014 11:09:02 AM

jeremyp79 said:
While a 600w power supply would be plenty for your build, I would steer away from the cx series by Corsair. They use cheap parts and have developed a reputation for not lasting very long.
If you can tell me what country youre from, what site you prefer to order from, and a budget for the power supply, I can help you pick one out.


I already own the CX600 :(  Thanks for the offer of help, but if I'm going to have to buy a new PSU then upgrading my GPU is out of the question as I'm stretched thin as it is :/ 
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March 26, 2014 11:22:54 AM

Well, if you already have one, it is enough to power your build. It's not that the PSU is gonna explode in a matter of days, their longevity is the biggest question. I used a cx600 to power a 4670k oc'd to 4.2 and a gtx 770 sc, and had no issues in the month or so I was using it. As long as you arent pushing it past it's 600w rating, you should be fine.
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March 26, 2014 11:34:01 AM

jeremyp79 said:
Well, if you already have one, it is enough to power your build. It's not that the PSU is gonna explode in a matter of days, their longevity is the biggest question. I used a cx600 to power a 4670k oc'd to 4.2 and a gtx 770 sc, and had no issues in the month or so I was using it. As long as you arent pushing it past it's 600w rating, you should be fine.


Thanks for your reply. I think I'll go for it in a couple of weeks and then maybe upgrade the PSU in a couple of months. Just looked up a few power consumption charts and most say it maxes at 380ish. (Apart from one that had it at 490 :S) Would underclocking it slightly improve power usage?
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March 26, 2014 11:34:01 AM

jeremyp79 said:
Well, if you already have one, it is enough to power your build. It's not that the PSU is gonna explode in a matter of days, their longevity is the biggest question. I used a cx600 to power a 4670k oc'd to 4.2 and a gtx 770 sc, and had no issues in the month or so I was using it. As long as you arent pushing it past it's 600w rating, you should be fine.


Thanks for your reply. I think I'll go for it in a couple of weeks and then maybe upgrade the PSU in a couple of months. Just looked up a few power consumption charts and most say it maxes at 380ish. (Apart from one that had it at 490 :S) Would underclocking it slightly improve power usage?
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March 26, 2014 11:40:58 AM

Honestly, unless you absolutely need it, I would just run the cpu at the stock speeds until you can upgrade the power supply. The fx 8 and 9 series cpus use a ton of power, and while overclocking would provide a small increase in gaming performance, it's not going to be a bunch.
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March 26, 2014 11:46:29 AM

jeremyp79 said:
Honestly, unless you absolutely need it, I would just run the cpu at the stock speeds until you can upgrade the power supply. The fx 8 and 9 series cpus use a ton of power, and while overclocking would provide a small increase in gaming performance, it's not going to be a bunch.


I'll look at putting it back to stock then. Thanks a lot for all your help and your quick replies!

(Obviously picked your answer as solution :p )
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March 26, 2014 12:13:18 PM

I wouldn't worry about that overclock. They're not the best PSU's, but they are still bronze rated, and still a name brand. You'll be fine at 4.3 with that setup and that PSU. I don't even know that upgrading the PSU in a few months is really needed either, but that's your decision.
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March 26, 2014 1:59:33 PM

TriBeard said:
I wouldn't worry about that overclock. They're not the best PSU's, but they are still bronze rated, and still a name brand. You'll be fine at 4.3 with that setup and that PSU. I don't even know that upgrading the PSU in a few months is really needed either, but that's your decision.


Thanks a lot for your input, I might wait until I start overclocking to upgrade the PSU along with the mobo. Cheers :) 
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