$35 PSU that's 600 watts

I just built a system for the 2nd time, and I don't know if should keep this 600 watt psu that I bought for $35. I'm not overclocking the computer, I have 4 hard drives, one ssd, and 2 sata drives, and quad core q9300. I've gone to 2 different watt calculator sites and it says that I'm close to 430 watts, but I hope I'm not leaving anything out (I can't think of anything, it has so many things on the lists).

So I can't find any information about what percentage I should use of the total watts availalble, and if I should just buy another supply (I edit weddings and can't risk the hard drives being blown).

It's this supply http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0311653
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  1. its not a very efficent PSU, but it should work well enough, you arn't even close to reaching the capacity if you dont have a graphics card that sucks power.

    PSU calcs generally put an overhead to the accual wattage that you would need, you should be fine with that or a 450w psu.
  2. I was mostly concerned that because it's $35 and much lower than others that are for 600 watts that I could run the risk of damaging my hard drives because it may fail at some point.
  3. ocz stealthxstream ii 600w drops to $30AR every so often.
    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/OCZ-StealthXStream-2-600-W-Power-Supply-Review/1058

    http://slickdeals.net/forums/search.php?searchid=80808417

    It's what's powering my OC'd 955, HIS 5850 :)

    Btw, don't pick no-name brand PSU's. Pick a reputable one and review the particular model you're looking at. Corsair's new builder series are a perfect example of shady business.
  4. provid1600 said:
    I just built a system for the 2nd time, and I don't know if should keep this 600 watt psu that I bought for $35. I'm not overclocking the computer, I have 4 hard drives, one ssd, and 2 sata drives, and quad core q9300. I've gone to 2 different watt calculator sites and it says that I'm close to 430 watts, but I hope I'm not leaving anything out (I can't think of anything, it has so many things on the lists).

    So I can't find any information about what percentage I should use of the total watts availalble, and if I should just buy another supply (I edit weddings and can't risk the hard drives being blown).It's this supply http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0311653

    So your computer is vital to your livelyhood ?
    I've seen bride's go postal when they are told that their picture's were lost, could be detrimental to your health.
    You shouldn't even be considering a budget power supply.
    Can you order from Newegg ? You'll do better there than at MC.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030
    You don't need this much power, but it should have enough connectors for all of your peripherals.
  5. You should also be making lots of offsite/disconnected back ups and not be relying on one or 2 harddrives if your doing things like weddings where losing the data is not an option
  6. I personally would do a 3 step back up just to be safe I would be proper pissed if my weddings pics were lost just because of 1 faulty device.

    1: Store photo's on usb stick/memory card.
    2: Another copy on a dvd/cd.
    3: On a back up HDD or external hdd.
  7. You're not going to find a reliable 600W psu for $40 and under, unless you wait for sales.
    Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371031
  8. Great Idea - You need an excuss to buy a whole new system.
    Buy a $35 600 Watt PSU and wait for it to turn your MB/GPU and possibly other hardware into fried crispy critters.

    Take the advice given by others - Buy a "Quality" PSU.
  9. With PSUs if you buy cheap you'll buy twice.
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