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PSU/GPU Compatibility Post-Order

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August 13, 2014 11:02:05 AM

Hello all,

The bulk of my NCIX-ordered parts arrived today for my first-ever gaming build, which is composed of the following;

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($212.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.75 @ Vuugo)
Memory: A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ NCIX)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($209.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.95 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($56.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.75 @ Vuugo)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($100.28 @ DirectCanada)
Monitor: BenQ GW2255 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($114.99 @ Canada Computers)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N53 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($22.99 @ NCIX)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Canada Computers)
Speakers: Logitech Z313 25W 2.1ch Speakers ($44.00 @ Vuugo)
Total: $1091.65
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-13 13:58 EDT-0400

PCPartPicker had no complaints with regard to wattage (and component compatibility), and neither did the several reddit/Tom's Hardware browsers who gave me feedback on my earlier part selections. However, on the physical box of the GIGABYTE R9 280, there is a small disclaimer in yellow at the bottom noting that the minimum power supply wattage required is 600W (for a configuration with an i7). My question is, will I encounter any difficulties wattage-wise given my i5 (which is not far off some of the lower-end i7's)? I do not want to assemble the system only to have damage done to expensive components as a result of miscalculations.

EDIT: I do not intend to overclock.


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August 13, 2014 11:11:18 AM

The PSU has enough power and is of good quality. The manufacturers always recommend a little more powerful PSUs. XFX 550W offers 44A on the 12V rail. Some crappy 600W PSUs offer less.

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August 13, 2014 11:11:34 AM

No you won't have any problems at all , You have a great quality PSU.

The card will never draw more than 250W under full load , the disclaimer on the box is just because they know that some people use cheap quality psu so they say a number just to keep people on the safe side of things so you needn't worry as the numbers on the boxes don't mean anything :) 
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August 13, 2014 11:12:20 AM

Thanks a lot, both of you! I can now breathe a good sigh of relief as I anticipate the arrival of the other parts.
August 13, 2014 11:14:15 AM

aust77 said:
Thanks a lot, both of you! I can now breathe a good sigh of relief as I anticipate the arrival of the other parts.

hahaha , I myself have a TX-650v2 from Corsair and the recommended on the R9-290 is 750W however I've been using it with no problems at all with my 3570K so you're good.

Happy gaming ;)