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Psu calculator Says my new build will push my PSU to about 95%

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April 27, 2010 6:32:10 AM

What do you guys think?

This is the 500 Watt PSU powering all of this.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Soon to be Build:
Phenom X6 1055T
2X2 GB Ripjaws at 1.5 Volts
2 HDDs 7200 RPM
4850 With Zalman
3 usb devices always plugged in
No fans plugged in due to dust


Also the PSU will be 2 years old in 1 month. I accidentally clicked the wrong link to a psu calculator, than i decided to fill it in with my new build and it came to 465-505 Watts (changing age and system load).

Do you guys think ill be ok for a short while? Or is it not safe to plug it in at all? Im looking at 700-800 Watt psu's now, i cant afford 1 for a week. But i do intend on Getting 1 that is future proof, as i do intend on Crossfire and keeping it for 2 years.
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April 27, 2010 6:38:59 AM

I wouldn't. Coolmax Loaded at 95% is asking for trouble. If that was a Enermax, Seasonic, Corsair, or a really high end 500 like that I waould say roll with it. But that unit is 50/50 at best.
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April 27, 2010 6:51:32 AM

Ok i did the psu calculator again. It Says "Recommended" is 462 Watts With a "Minimum" of 412 Watts With 25% aging.

Should i be ok for awhile?

I used worst case scenario 35% aging and the 2 Led fans that i have (arnt plugged in atm) and using a Deneb X4 overclocked to 3500 MHZ at 1.35 Volts (to emulate a 1055T) comes 482 Watts Recommended 430 Minimum.

Assuming it were a new psu the recommendation is only 380 Watts. These being the facts what do you guys think?

Newegg's calculator recommends 477 Watts.
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April 27, 2010 7:05:12 AM

The calculator doesn't give actual system use, it gives a PSU recommendation. ie when it says 462 watts it doesn't mean your system will use 462 watts, it means you should have a 450-500watt PSU.

That stated, don't cheap out on your power supply. Get a good 500 watt from someone like Seasonic, Antec, or Corsair and you'll be fine. Get a 700 watt from a crappy company and you could still have issues.
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April 27, 2010 7:11:30 AM

Well i had this Psu for 2 years now, im just wandering if it will be ok for my new upgrade. If i buy a New PSU its gonna be 700-800 Watts.
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April 27, 2010 7:14:45 AM

When ever i am doing a build i never skimp on the PSU mainly b/c everything is drawing power form it so if it's a shifty one that $1000 System can just roll over and die take the advice already here get a good PSU
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April 27, 2010 8:49:46 AM

+1 on the advice to go with good quality PSU
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April 27, 2010 11:37:12 AM

It's not likely anyone in the forums would have ever recommended you get that PSU to begin with, so you're not likely to find anyone here who tells you to keep it.

What PSU calculator did you use? Link please.
Did you try this one: http://www.antec.outervision.com/
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April 27, 2010 5:56:01 PM

ekoostik said:
... so you're not likely to find anyone here who tells you to keep it.


I will, I will. :bounce: 

"Go ahead and keep that POS PSU. You know you wanna'."

That, boys and girls, is what is known as "not so thinly veiled sarcasm".

Chaos, how many "No" votes do you need?
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April 27, 2010 6:01:06 PM

^ :lol:  :lol: 
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a c 144 ) Power supply
April 27, 2010 6:20:00 PM

oops
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April 27, 2010 6:21:11 PM

I :love:  that bouncy smiley.
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April 27, 2010 6:34:32 PM

I didnt ask for any more votes, they were working on the internet all day.

Question is will it be able to safely run the new setup with my old PSU for a week. I can buy a new one right now as long as it is less than $70 with Tax, or it must wait till next week.
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April 28, 2010 12:54:42 AM

ekoostik said:
It's not likely anyone in the forums would have ever recommended you get that PSU to begin with, so you're not likely to find anyone here who tells you to keep it.

What PSU calculator did you use? Link please.
Did you try this one: http://www.antec.outervision.com/


Coolmax is ok. I have one in an older system. And they have a couple of pretty good enthusiast units as well. But that particular unit is not up to the task at hand.
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April 28, 2010 7:00:23 PM

Coolmax is, at best, barely adequate if you don't load them to more than 50% of their rating.
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