Hey there all, new to the forums although I have browsed a lot recently. I've got some questions concerning a new computer I plan to build, mainly about a power supply. Looking for something at least bronze level 750ish watts for 100 dollars or so. Something that will be not only stable but last a quite awhile.
Also I plan to build this computer in pieces and the first thing I plan to buy is a new graphics card. I'm needing to know if my current psu will handle the video card.
Additional items are 2 500gb sata drives, usb microphone, g15 keyboard and g5 mouse, Cyber Snipa Tracer mousepad(connects to usb port) Case fans are 1 120x120 25mm/ 1 140x140x25mm blue LED/ 1 230x230x20mm LED. And dvd burner.
the extreme psu calculator shows that I will be able to power it but I just wanted a more... street smart opinion lol. And on to my second question. The new pc I plan to build, would my old PSU be able to power it yes or no (I do plan to get a new PSU regardless) Which would you recommend, that would give me a little bid of head room/stability/lifetime for roughly 100 dollars.
So many choices and not able to rush into this, will be built over the next 1-2 months. But you gave me a pretty good starting point.
As for my current psu, I have heard bad things but shockingly its done really well. Actually outlasted my Corsair HX1000W lol. The corsair took 2 8800 GT's and an asus striker II with it right at the 1 year mark. Come to think of it I think I've had this raidmax for right at 2 years O_O
I know you say stay away from the raidmax, but theoretically would it be enough to power that 6950 efficiently? Minus the hate of the brand? Hmm I know it comes down to amps and it looks like the 6950 needs 30 amps on the 12v rails and the raidmax combined 12v1 + 2 is 37 amps if you can count it that way, would be cutting it close I'd imagine
What happened to the HX since it has a 7yr warranty?
I don't hate Raidmax i just don't trust it.
And yes you're correct it should be fine since a quality 500W will run a 6950.
As long as it provides the required 12v amps.
I've responded to post where Raidmax psu's have unfortunately damaged folks gear that's all.
These usually involve surges and lightning strikes though so the weakest link goes.
A good surge protector/ups pays for itself imo.
I don't run any of my gear straight into the wall.
Common sense really.
Ah yeah I have a surge protector as well as a UPS that my computer is plugged into. And when I bought this computer before with the corsair psu I had bought it from a website, ibuypower(don't smite me down lol) So even though everything technically had a warranty for multiple years everything had to go through them and after 1 year any cost for damaged components was on my dime. And the psu went out and took everything with it I think 1 month after the 1 year warranty. I'd never buy from a website like that again thus why I plan to make my own in the next couple of months.
I didn't know that Jack, I've been using a surge protector with the UPS plugged into it for about 3-4 years, but will be changing that asap lol. Also I don't plan to overclock when I first get this built but eventually I may decide to. Main reason for getting the 2500k is its only a 10 dollar difference above the 2500 and a good possibility of getting a 2nd gpu down the road.
Also davcon, I was talking about amps for the 6950 and it didn't even dawn on me to look into what my 4870 amp reqs were and surprisingly the 4870 uses 32 amps so I may be pretty safe if the 6950 only uses 30 I do some pretty heavy gaming with this and haven't had any problems at all so I think I may risk it lol.
Anyway I thank you guys a ton for the advice/input but its time to catch some zzz's so I'm not a zombie at work tonight!
Just wanted to update you guys on what is going on. Davcon you said a good start would be a 650 watt psu, one of the ones in the link was a PC Power and Cooling psu. After reading tons of reviews and looking at some tests done I went with