Generic PSU Question

Hello Tomshardware community, I plan to buy my first PC but I'm quite stuck in the PSU area. Here is the link where of the PSU choices As you can see I don't have a huge range of choices when it comes to PSU.

Every PSU is generic, and people say they don't deliver their advertised power. If I buy a 700w instead of a 500w PSU will that help? Or will it change nothing?
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  1. Your link doesn't work.
    It will help to know what components this PSU will be powering both now and in the future.
  2. Sorry about that. Fixed the link,

    Lets see

    CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 840 3.2ghz

    MOBO: Asrock 880gm-LE

    GPU: Sapphire HD5770 1GB/128bit

    RAM: Kingston 2GB x 2 DDR3

    let me know if I need to add more info
  3. Someone please help me!!
  4. Never ever go generic with a new build as your risking frying all your lovely new components, Minimum PSU wattage is 291w so at least a 350w PSU of good quality,

    Heres a good one that wont break the bank

    Corsair Builder Series CX 500W ATX Power Supply = £39.99 / $65.92
  5. Of the few that are available to you the only name I know is Hec. The Cougar line should work, not sure of the raptor.
  6. How do I know if the HEC psu is a raptor or a cougar?
  7. I saw both listed. Just pick the Cougar. It was the more expensive one.
  8. Is it okay if I go with 500w for my rig?
  9. Yes it is.
  10. I recognize a few of the units they offer, the huntkey green series is well known for its explosive performances in reviews(this isnt a pun they really do explode), even the best huntkey unit is still only average so i would steer clear of them as a brand. As said above the HEC Cougar 550W is probably your best option with your limited selection, HEC isnt great but their cougar line up is decent.
  11. OK thanks everyone I guess I'll go with the HEC cougar 550w.x Btw, I don't plan on overclocking or xfire. Will there be a chance that it will explode??
  12. Even the best units can explode under the right circumstances. I believe the cougar is an average unit. So assuming you don't run it close to its max output or you don't have some massive power spike due to lightening you should be fine. I wouldn't have suggested the unit if it was going to cause you grief.
  13. Your system is fairly low power, I think you will be OK. Even the best PSU will fry if the delivery person drops it on the way to your house. Your system will be well below 550W at max, even if you did a significant OC. Good luck and enjoy!
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