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Low Budget config (need help about the PSU choice)

Hello everyone,

I am currently planning on buying a proper new computer in order to replace my laptop which isn' powerful enough. Here's the rub : i only have 370€ for my budget, including shipping. PLease also note that the computer's case isn't a big issue, as i have a few, well ventilated PC Cases lying around. Anyway, here are the components :

CPU : ADM FX-6300 Black Edition (3.5GHz) - 94.90 €
Motherboard : ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX mATX Motherboard - 48.80 €
RAM : DDR3 Kingston HyperX Fury Black, 4 Go, PC3-10600, CAS 9 - 35.60 €
GPU : Sapphire R7 250x 1GB GDDR5 - 69.95 €
HDD : 500 GB Toshiba DT01ACA050 (7200 rpm) - 42.70 €
PSU : Corsair CX500 - 49.80 €

Total price (without shipping) : 341.75 €

All the components are bought from the same retailer, in this case, TopAchat.

My question is : Is the CX500 PSU enough for that build ?

Greetz from France,

GGeek

PS : Sry for any english mistakes, not my native language.
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  1. Can you get a better motherboard eg Gigabyte 970a ud3? http://www.topachat.com/pages/detail2_cat_est_micro_puis_rubrique_est_w_cm_am3p_puis_ref_est_in10051805.html 75 Euro

    You only need 380W to run your pc. CX are very bad. Can you get a better power supply eg Seasonic 520? http://www.topachat.com/pages/detail2_cat_est_micro_puis_rubrique_est_w_ali_puis_ref_est_in10066534.html 138 Euro
  2. CPU : ADM FX-6300 Black Edition (3.5GHz) - 94.90 €
    Motherboard : ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX mATX Motherboard - 48.80 €

    i doubt this old mobo can handle new FX 6300

    that CX 500zW is enough

    XFX 550 Bronze is even better
  3. AMD Radeon said:

    Motherboard : ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX mATX Motherboard - 48.80 €

    i doubt this old mobo can handle new FX 6300


    I already checked the CPU Compatibility list on ASRock's official website, and it says it supports it.

    I forgot to mention that i do not plan on any future upgrades nor on overclocking.
  4. i7Baby said:
    Can you get a better motherboard eg Gigabyte 970a ud3? http://www.topachat.com/pages/detail2_cat_est_micro_puis_rubrique_est_w_cm_am3p_puis_ref_est_in10051805.html 75 Euro

    You only need 380W to run your pc. CX are very bad. Can you get a better power supply eg Seasonic 520? http://www.topachat.com/pages/detail2_cat_est_micro_puis_rubrique_est_w_ali_puis_ref_est_in10066534.html 138 Euro


    btw, the CX500 i chose i 80+ Bronze, i consider that's good enough.
  5. 500 watts should be more than enough for that build. Extreme power supply calculator shows 327 watts with the parts listed. I even added things I assume you would have like at lest 2 led fans, 3-4 usb devices plugged in and it still only came to 327. Throw in this video and 500 watts is fine

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajiN9aVOv4A
  6. Why do people always try to get the person to buy different things if he didn't mention anything about taking suggestions? He asked if the psu was enough, shouldn't be the only info we're giving him unless we see something totally wrong like having an intel cpu and and AMD board listed?
  7. Best answer
    As I said, he only needs 380W. But the CX is on Tier3 in http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1804779/power-supply-unit-tier-list.html plus we've come across a number of problems with them in this forum including power voltage control (due to cheap capacitors) and also a badly moulded 24 pin motherboard connector. I am not recommending he use a know probelmatic powr supply. I am recommending he get a better quality power supply and so I pointed him to the Seasonic.

    The ASRock 960GM/U3S3 motherboard is not desired because it only has 3 power phases, an unsinked VRM, no low RDS on and is to be avoided per overclock.net. That's why I recommended a better motherboard - with 8+2 power phases, heatsinked vrm, supports 140W TDP cpu, has no known problems and is recommended by overclockers.net
  8. I don't mind about suggestions, but keep in mind that i only have 370 € available to make the build.
    I also do not plan on overclocking the thing, neither do i plan on future upgrades (except RAM extension)

    Sorry to say, that the seasonic supplied that was suggested busts out the budget. How about a be quiet ! Pure Power L8 CF 500W PSU ?


    Edit : Checked it, Tier 3 , i give up.
  9. Have a look on http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1804779/power-supply-unit-tier-list.html to see what you can get for as higher tier (eg Tier One) for a price you can afford.

    The Seasonic would be a keeper though. It will do you for the next build a few years down the track too.
  10. The L8 series is also a tier 3 unit.
    A good power supply for non overclocked systems.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1804779/power-supply-unit-tier-list.html

    This is a great list you can use as a reference. In case you find a good deal to see if it is a good power supply or not.
  11. i think i might just give up or sitck with a tier 3 PSU. I think it is good enough, as i consider this build not being a power eater.
  12. Alright, thanks for the answers guys, i think i'm gonna stick with the CX500 as i do not plan on overclock at all.

    Thanks again, and see you maybe on the forums !

    GGeek
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