On this middle December, I would like to build a computer rig. This rig is total for gaming. Here is the components:
CPU: AMD PHENOM II X4 955 3,2Ghz
GPU: HIS Radeon HD 6850 1GB DDR5
Mobo: Biostar TA880GB (AM3, AMD880GX, DDR3)
RAM: Patriot DDR3 Gamer Series Dual Channel PC10660 4GB CL7 - PGS34G1333LLKA (For AMD)
HD: Seagate 500GB SATA
Casing: VenomRX Taipan
Optical Drive: *not yet decided, but I`ll buy 1 DVD drive on whatever brand and a cheap one
So, what PSU I should take?
On first thought, I plan to buy:
Amacrox Free Earth 88 500W
As you see, this PSU has 88% efficiency, and so the output on the system would be around 440W, yet I don`t know the system power consumption. Is this PSU sufficient to hold the system?
I would like you to notice that:
-I won`t overclock this rig
-I won`t do Crossfire either
-And my house electricity is 900W, so buying a 600W PSU would be kicking really hard. If there`s none of 500W PSU that could suit this rig, I plan to rearrange this rig into some "green" rig.
Well, I found that in extreme peak power consumption, 955 and HIS 6850 both could suck about 400W, and I think the system may be unstable. What I wanna ask is, could PSU that supply about 440W on system could hold the things right?
Spend a little extra and get a Corsair or Seasonic psu. I know you all might be on a budget, but buying a cheap power supply is asking for problems, especially if you plan on gaming. You can grab a 500w+ from either company for around 60.00 dollars.
Okay, took your advice and ordered a 700w OCZ from Newegg. Modular! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And a Lite-On DVD drive for about $20.
This way I'll have plenty of room for overclocking my graphics, CPU, etc.
How is Cooler Master's Hyper 212 Plus for a CPU cooler? I can get it and some arctic silver goo for under $35. I dont want to overclock with stock.
5850 has more raw specs, but also uses tons more power. But power won't be an issue soon. 6850 also has some optimized things, and some other things that make it good that I didn't commit to memory. I'm torn. And the Catalyst 10.12 update should help the 6850 nicely. Ill wait for some results of 10.12 before I buy anything.
And one last thing...
How will Amazon take my PSU? I've filed it as defective having too short cords lol and I will send it back once I get my new one this week. I did buy it from Amazon, and i might have to send it back in a Newegg box haha!
Sorry, buy I just reread the OP. PSUs take as much power from the wall as they need, and spit into your computer the advertised amount (500w in your case). Correct me if I'm wrong, but you should get your 500w, and take from the wall... 555w? Is that right? And don't worry about your house's power. My dad had to use a 15 amp corded drill on the same circuit as 2 computers. So 15 amps is 900w? and 2 semi-idle computers is around 500w total? so 1400w. Your house has PLENTY of power for a computer and a TV.
Hi guys, sorry for not in a touch for a long time.
Actually, I already bought the rig on the end of Desember. There`s some change in these component from my first plan. In the end, I bought:
CPU: AMD PHENOM II X4 965 3,4Ghz
GPU: HIS Radeon HD 6850 1GB DDR5 Mobo: Biostar TA890GXB HD (AM3, AMD890GX, DDR3) RAM: Team Elite DDR3 PC10600 1333Mhz Dual Channel 4GB (2x2GB) 9-9-9-24 - TED30496M1333HC9DC
HD: Seagate 500GB SATA Casing: VenomRX Hardwicke
Optical Drive: using my sister`s external optical drive
And for PSU, my final decision is: Amacrox Free Style 85+ 550W
Amacrox is not a cheap PSU. It`s as expensive as Corsair CX Series 600W. Because Amacrox is a new brand and only released on east region (in my case, Asia), maybe people from west region just unfamiliar with this brand. So, here goes my review.
When the rigs is assembly in computer shop, the rigs run the test drive without problem. When I brought it to my house and test it, the electricity went down.
Guys, really, this is what I feared from the very first.
So I decided to "black-out" my house. I pull out all the electrical plug in my house, without exception, just to make sure there`s nothing could suck the electricity but my computer. When I try to turn on my computer again, the same thing happen.
Feeling frustrated, I try the same thing over and over again, and a miracle happen! My computer is turning on! But, when I turn off the PSU (there`s a switch on the PSU back), and try to turning on again, the electricity went down again. Using the same technique over and over again, some what my computer could turning on again.
So my thought come to conclusion: this PSU really suck electricity when start up. I discuss my problem with my friend, and they said they once had a similar problem, but come to end when they buy something called "soft starter"
I buy soft starter for around $2, and with a little bit modification, the PSU finally doing right when try to start up and soft starter does`nt heat at all. In this two months, there`s no smell burn, no freaking heat, no electricity down, no nothing. I had great time with this rig, and love it very much.