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Are EVGA 500w 80+ (non-Bronze rated) PSU's good?

A while from now, i plan on building a computer with these specifications:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qxQmNG
The PSU i've chosen is this very model right here, i need to know, is it reliable, and if not, what is a good alternative:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H33SFJU/?tag=pcpapi-20
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  1. This one is much higher quality
    XFX TS 550W $35.99
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-xfxts550w

    Made by Seasonic, one of the best OEM makers in the business.
  2. jimthenagual said:
    This one is much higher quality
    XFX TS 550W $35.99
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-xfxts550w

    Made by Seasonic, one of the best OEM makers in the business.


    I'm not really one for rebates, i'm afraid that's out of the question.
  3. ADMINSKORA-1 said:
    A while from now, i plan on building a computer with these specifications:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qxQmNG
    The PSU i've chosen is this very model right here, i need to know, is it reliable, and if not, what is a good alternative:
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H33SFJU/?tag=pcpapi-20


    Hi - While EVGA has some very good quality PSU's at ex values, the PSU you are considering isn't one
    of them. It is OEM'd by HEC a bottom feeding (quality wise) mfg., and i would stay away from that unit.

    When you actually are ready to make your PSU purchase, check the better quality units avail, including
    the XFX mentioned above.

    I know you are only seeking opinion on the PSU, but I noticed you are purch 2 separate 8g sticks
    of RAM. The mobo you selected supports dual channel. I suggest you purch a 16g set, as the 2 sticks
    will have been tested to work well together.
  4. The EVGA you are looking at is decent. It puts out its stated power and should be fine for the system you are looking at building, as long as you don't plan on overclocking at all.

    It's been graded as a tier 3 psu.
    Tier three - Meets standard ATX specifications, though closer to the edges than Tier two units. These are still solid units, which still supply stable power to your system, though not ideal for serious overclocking

    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1804779/power-supply-unit-tier-list.html
  5. The EVGA 500B is a decent power supply if your running under a budget.

    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story6&reid=351
    Jonnyguru Review ^
  6. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    The EVGA 500B is a decent power supply if your running under a budget.

    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story6&reid=351
    Jonnyguru Review ^


    Not the same PSU the OP linked. Big diff in build quality between the two JG reviewed. The
    W1 500 the OP linked has a build quality of 8, the 500b you linked has a build quality of 9.
  7. toyftw said:
    ADMINSKORA-1 said:
    A while from now, i plan on building a computer with these specifications:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qxQmNG
    The PSU i've chosen is this very model right here, i need to know, is it reliable, and if not, what is a good alternative:
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H33SFJU/?tag=pcpapi-20


    Hi - While EVGA has some very good quality PSU's at ex values, the PSU you are considering isn't one
    of them. It is OEM'd by HEC a bottom feeding (quality wise) mfg., and i would stay away from that unit.

    When you actually are ready to make your PSU purchase, check the better quality units avail, including
    the XFX mentioned above.

    I know you are only seeking opinion on the PSU, but I noticed you are purch 2 separate 8g sticks
    of RAM. The mobo you selected supports dual channel. I suggest you purch a 16g set, as the 2 sticks
    will have been tested to work well together.

    One thing i find is that seperate 8GB sticks are cheaper than one large 16GB kit, is it still worth paying more?
  8. The 500B in question is along the same lines of the corsair CX lineup. Not the best PSUs around, but they still put out stable power. I wouldn't recommend them in a high end gaming system at all. But for the system here in question, it'll do the job. Would I put it in my own system? Nah. But if on a tight budget the 500B will work. There are much worse PSUs on the market.
  9. ADMINSKORA-1 said:
    toyftw said:
    ADMINSKORA-1 said:
    A while from now, i plan on building a computer with these specifications:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qxQmNG
    The PSU i've chosen is this very model right here, i need to know, is it reliable, and if not, what is a good alternative:
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H33SFJU/?tag=pcpapi-20


    Hi - While EVGA has some very good quality PSU's at ex values, the PSU you are considering isn't one
    of them. It is OEM'd by HEC a bottom feeding (quality wise) mfg., and i would stay away from that unit.

    When you actually are ready to make your PSU purchase, check the better quality units avail, including
    the XFX mentioned above.

    I know you are only seeking opinion on the PSU, but I noticed you are purch 2 separate 8g sticks
    of RAM. The mobo you selected supports dual channel. I suggest you purch a 16g set, as the 2 sticks
    will have been tested to work well together.

    One thing i find is that seperate 8GB sticks are cheaper than one large 16GB kit, is it still worth paying more?


    I'd be shocked if you can't find a 16g kit for 76.29x2 or less. Personally, I would want to know that my
    RAM sticks have been tested to "play well together".

    For example:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/microcenter/crucial-memory-bls2kit8g3d1609ds1s00

    http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/newegg/kingston-memory-khx13c9b1k216

    http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/newegg/gskill-memory-f31866c9d16gsr
  10. jimthenagual said:
    The EVGA you are looking at is decent. It puts out its stated power and should be fine for the system you are looking at building, as long as you don't plan on overclocking at all.

    It's been graded as a tier 3 psu.
    Tier three - Meets standard ATX specifications, though closer to the edges than Tier two units. These are still solid units, which still supply stable power to your system, though not ideal for serious overclocking

    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1804779/power-supply-unit-tier-list.html

    Now, are tier 3 power supplies RELIABLE? That's the big question here, will it explode while i'm running virtual machines on VMware and Virtualbox while i'm making music on FL Studio 11?
    I know the manufacturer is along the lines of something like a Logisys or a Diablotek, but is this an exception?
  11. As long as you aren't trying to run the newest GPUs and overclocking your CPU, that psu should be just fine in your system.
  12. jimthenagual said:
    As long as you aren't trying to run the newest GPUs and overclocking your CPU, that psu should be just fine in your system.


    Interesting, still i'm a little on the fence about getting the EVGA solely becuase of its manufacturer, which is a Tier 5 brand name (HEC)
    I also went on newegg and found several reviews of these units blowing up, connectors coming loose, etc.
    are there any 500W Tier 2's out there?
  13. If you really want to save money but still get a tier 2, the Antec below is looking pretty sweet, with or without rebates.

    These are all tier 2

    If you are willing to use M.I.R.'s
    Antec VP450 $27 (450W is more than enough to power your system)
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-power-supply-vp450
    XFX TS 550W $44.99 ($25 rebate included)
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-xfxts550w
    Rosewill Capstone 450W - $49.99 ($10 rebate included)
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-capstone450

    If you don't want rebates included
    Antec VP450 $37
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-power-supply-vp450
    Rosewill Capstone 550W $59.99
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-capstone550
    Antec Neo Eco 520W $58.24
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-power-supply-neoeco520c
    Seasonic S12II 520W $59.99
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-s12ii520bronze
  14. Best answer
    ADMINSKORA-1 said:
    jimthenagual said:
    As long as you aren't trying to run the newest GPUs and overclocking your CPU, that psu should be just fine in your system.


    Interesting, still i'm a little on the fence about getting the EVGA solely becuase of its manufacturer, which is a Tier 5 brand name (HEC)
    I also went on newegg and found several reviews of these units blowing up, connectors coming loose, etc.
    are there any 500W Tier 2's out there?


    Hi - As I mentioned above, staying away from a PSU mfg by HEC is a prudent decision. Even if
    a unit tests well by Jonnyguru, Hardware Secrets, HardOcp, or other quality reviewers, there is
    no assurance the units shipped into the marketplace will perform as well as the sample donated/submitted
    for testing.

    In fact, it is somewhat likely to be inferior. That's how some of these OEM's got their reputations.

    I was in the retail business (not PC related) for a lot of years, and with every import item we purchased,
    we always purchased an actual retail sample from a store to compare with he original specs/designs.
    And, yes there were times when we were shipped inferior products to what we contracted for.
  15. I'm between this eVGA 500W and the Corsair CX430.. and I'm wondering if the 430 is much better to give up the extra power frm the eVGA (I won't be needing the extra now, but maybe future updates).
  16. vinniffa said:
    I'm between this eVGA 500W and the Corsair CX430.. and I'm wondering if the 430 is much better to give up the extra power frm the eVGA (I won't be needing the extra now, but maybe future updates).

    Ah, caught under the Corsair fan boy horde, eh?
    They are identical in quality, the same tier rating, I would go with the EVGA for future-proofing.
  17. ADMINSKORA-1 said:
    vinniffa said:
    I'm between this eVGA 500W and the Corsair CX430.. and I'm wondering if the 430 is much better to give up the extra power frm the eVGA (I won't be needing the extra now, but maybe future updates).

    Ah, caught under the Corsair fan boy horde, eh?
    They are identical in quality, the same tier rating, I would go with the EVGA for future-proofing.


    Hahah.

    Thanks for the answer.., I was with that impression too, that the Corsair is the Apple between the PSUs.. :)
  18. vinniffa said:
    ADMINSKORA-1 said:
    vinniffa said:
    I'm between this eVGA 500W and the Corsair CX430.. and I'm wondering if the 430 is much better to give up the extra power frm the eVGA (I won't be needing the extra now, but maybe future updates).

    Ah, caught under the Corsair fan boy horde, eh?
    They are identical in quality, the same tier rating, I would go with the EVGA for future-proofing.


    Hahah.

    Thanks for the answer.., I was with that impression too, that the Corsair is the Apple between the PSUs.. :)


    No problem.
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