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May 14, 2011 5:57:50 PM

I'm upgrading my old Athlon x2 64 4000+ system w/Windows xp to the following:

CPU - Phenom X4 955 BE
Mobo - Asus M4a88TD-V Evo
Memory - G-Skill F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
HDD - WD RE4 WD5003ABYX
DVD Burner - Lite-On IHAS424-98
Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

I'm re-using my CoolMaster Case and wanted to know if my 500w Apevia ATX-CW500WP4 power supply will be good enough to meet the power requirements? I'm not a gamer, so the onboard video card will be enough for my uses. I MAY try OC'ing to 3.8-4Ghz later, but it will be later on after i buy a good CPU Cooler.

P.S. For $516 was this a good budget system? or should I have done something different? I already ordered from Newegg...

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May 14, 2011 6:05:11 PM

should have bought sandy bridge i3 2100 to me.
however concering your psu yes a 500w can take care of your rig but truly i havent seen a review anywhere only feed back from customers.
with that much power it should be able to handle everything.
But i would advise a better psu.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 14, 2011 6:17:22 PM

Thanks for the reply! I should have mentioned that I do a LOT of encoding for Dvd's, that's why I went with the Quad Core route. While the i3 is better at almost everything than the 955 BE, the extra 2 cores of the AMD make it a better choice for my purposes plus it's easily OC'ed.
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May 14, 2011 6:20:57 PM

alright.But i still think you should get a good brand power supply, they have more protection features, circuit breakers etc.
They really are better than generic psus..
May 14, 2011 6:56:59 PM

I found a site where you can put in everything your system has and it tells you what size PSU you need. It said I needed a min of 318W with a recommended 375W. Thats with it OC'ed to 4ghz and a Artic Cooling cooler.

I'm on a REALLY tight budget now after ordering all the other parts. Would the XIGMATEK ACXTNRP-PC402 be a good enough? Also the Antec EA-380D Green is $10 more but 20w less
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May 14, 2011 7:06:28 PM

Doesnt matter really about wattage, its all about the quality and how much they can put on the 12v rails without suiciding. I'd take Antec everyday, any day over generic stuff which would probably blow up if you put any load on it...
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May 14, 2011 7:15:03 PM

mattheww31 said:
I found a site where you can put in everything your system has and it tells you what size PSU you need. It said I needed a min of 318W with a recommended 375W. Thats with it OC'ed to 4ghz and a Artic Cooling cooler.

I'm on a REALLY tight budget now after ordering all the other parts. Would the XIGMATEK ACXTNRP-PC402 be a good enough? Also the Antec EA-380D Green is $10 more but 20w less

Not recommended.But passable.They have ripples(ac ripples is the sudden change of voltage such as from 12v to 13.6) on all rails.
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/xigmatek_nrppc4...
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May 14, 2011 8:39:43 PM

mattheww31 said:
I found a site where you can put in everything your system has and it tells you what size PSU you need. It said I needed a min of 318W with a recommended 375W. Thats with it OC'ed to 4ghz and a Artic Cooling cooler.

I'm on a REALLY tight budget now after ordering all the other parts. Would the XIGMATEK ACXTNRP-PC402 be a good enough? Also the Antec EA-380D Green is $10 more but 20w less

I wouldn't cheap out on the psu,it's the worst place to do so.
Scrutinizing $5-20 savings on an ok psu vs. a higher quality one is foolish.
I agree your specs don't require much in the wattage department but it's always better to buy more wattage if it's a quality unit and fits your budget limit.
The Xigmatek - HEC = good
Antec - Delta = better
XFX - Seasonic = best
I'd shop around for an XFX or an actual Seasonic.


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May 14, 2011 8:49:25 PM

No point discussing about the rig since you have already ordered it.. For the PSU though, my +1 to all suggesting a change.. Your system should not require in excess of 250W load power.. Thus, even a Corsair CX 430 will surely be enough.. And it is quite affordable also..
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May 14, 2011 11:02:27 PM

Isn't the Apevia ATX-CW500WP4 power supply made by the infamous Deer Computer Co. (i.e. DEER Group)?
May 17, 2011 12:49:57 AM

thanks for the replies everyone. I'm getting the Antec EA-380D
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