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Will a 460w PSU be good enough to run my rig?

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August 9, 2011 1:09:58 AM

Hello everyone, this is my first post, so bear with me.

I am making a new medium-end gaming computer, with these specs:
AMD Phenom II x4 3.2gHz 955
ATI Radeon 5670
4 GB G.Skill 1333 RAM
1 TB Western Digital Hard Drive
Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2P Micro-ATX Motherboard

I was at the end of my budget, and I currently have selected a 500w PSU, but I want to get a different case for $10 more, and I have found a 460w PSU for $10 less.

Understand that I have no money income (I'm 16), and $10 does matter, since I have already squeezed as much as I can from my friends and family in addition to the $350 I already had.

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August 9, 2011 2:17:36 AM

460w is plenty for that build, as long the PSU you pick is good and not some el cheapo brand.
August 9, 2011 5:59:41 AM

Post the exact psu, and we will tell you if it is good or not.
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August 9, 2011 2:35:48 PM

yes, if it is a cheap 460, answer is no, if it is a good 460, answer is yes.
to be honest a Antec earthwatts 380 watt is fine, efficient & quiet, won't win any high power awards, but will have a decent price.

Also the corsair 420 should be OK as well,, although I prefer antec
August 9, 2011 2:52:13 PM

sorry jerreddredd, you must have replied while i was typing,, trying to do this at work and took me damn near half an hour to type that :) 
August 10, 2011 3:42:52 AM

Hey, thanks for all the replies, the PSU I'm looking at is a 460w Cooler Master, which I selected mostly for the incredibly cheap price and pretty good review, here is a link:

But if it is enough, one of these 430w is also looking good.

Any other's you can recommend that would perform well on this set up is appreciated. This is also my first computer and I've never bought a PSU, I've only upgraded processors, graphics cards, and RAM, so I don't know anything about them.
August 10, 2011 3:52:42 AM

There is a reason that the Elite Power 460W is so cheap, its really just an Elite Power 400W

From Hardware Secrets, the only quality review of that unit:
"Cooler Master Elite Power 460 W is simply an Elite Power 400 W with a new label. The two units are absolutely the same (the only component that was upgraded was the rectifying bride, but this change didn’t make any difference in performance). This is simply unbelievable. We wouldn’t be surprised to see this kind of thing still happening in China, but here in the United States? C’mon…"

Of the three you just linked there, i would take the earthwatts 430W over any of the rest, the Thermaltake TR2 series is old and not great, the Elite power series from cooler master is better than the extreme power series but thats an awful low bar to clear, the EA430D is an actually decent unit thats efficient and can do what it claims.
August 10, 2011 4:39:35 AM

So are you sure the Antec will run my rig good? I wanna be 100% sure before I buy it.
August 10, 2011 4:56:16 AM

Yeah, im running a more power hungry rig on an EA500 without breaking 350W from the wall in most cases. the EA430D will have plenty for your rig which needs even less power.

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August 10, 2011 1:29:30 PM

the antec 380 has been tested to be as good as most 500W power supplies, you would only need more if you had a much higher end card as the 380 has just 1 6-pin PCI express adapter from what i recall. the other antecs just have more power and your system won't draw much, I would think 200W at most so pretty much any antec is good for you.
August 10, 2011 3:20:38 PM

Arg, It's obvious he's Turkish, his parents won't let him spend any money! (Just like mine lol)!!!

Anyways... Yes 400W is enough for your system, and yes the 380 is very good too. ^^
September 1, 2011 10:42:37 PM

Best answer selected by CrazyTurkishBoy.