Enough Power?

Hi,

I am buying a new Graphics Card that requires a 500w power supply. My current PSU is 480w. If I don't OC anything will the 480w be sufficient?

Here is the card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102898&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo

If you know of a better or equivalent card that will run on my 480w PSU please let me know. If you know of a cheap PSU that I could buy (<$50) please let me know.

Thanks a lot!
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  1. What 480W PSU do you have? PSUs vary greatly in quality and the only 480W units i see on newegg terrify me.

    If its a decent 480W unit the 5770 should run without an issue, if its one of the POS logisys units you need to swap it out.
  2. From the side view i can tell you have one of the POS 480W logisys units unfortunately, it looks like this one
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817170014

    The Corsair 500CX is $40 after MIR and has enough power for that card, and about twice as much useful power as your current PSU has.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027&Tpk=500CX
  3. I saw that one too... What do you think of this:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152036

    It says it peaks out at 730w and isn't that much more.
  4. Raidmax are infamous for going "boom" when you try to pull more than half of what they're rated for. Always go for Seasonic / Corsair / Antec / XFX units (and some others) that are rated good by places such as jonnyguru or hardwaresecrets.

    That Corsair CX500 V2 is a good unit and will last you for quite a while and will power most single gpu cards today.
  5. ^ +1 . try an antec earthwatts - solid, reliable, always good reviews.
  6. Never, ever buy a PSU that advertises its output in "peak power". Peak power ratings are meaningless.
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