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500 watt power supply sufficient?

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December 7, 2011 1:34:15 PM

Hello everyone! This is my first time building a PC and boy am I nervous! I have all my parts...but i want some opinions on my power supply! will it be enough for this build?

Hard drive: Western Digital WD Scorpio Black 750 GB SATA 3 GB/s 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Internal Bulk/OEM 2.5-Inch Mobile Hard Drive

Optical: LG GH22NP21 22X E-IDE Super Multi DVD+/-RW Internal Drive, Bulk with Software (Black)

RAM: Corsair XMS3 8 GB (2 x 4GB) 1333 MHz PC3-10666 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit CMX8GX3M2A1333C9

GPU: HIS Radeon HD 6950 IceQ X Turbo 2GB (256bit) GDDR5 2x Mini-DisplayPort HDMI 2x DVI (HDCP) PCIe X16 2.1 Video Card H695QNT2G2M

Monitor: (not sure if this matters...sorry im such a noob!) ViewSonic VX2250WM-LED 22-Inch (21.5-Inch Vis) Widescreen Full HD 1080p LED Monitor with Integrated Stereo Speakers

CPU: AMD CPU HDZ955FBGMBOX Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz AM3 125W Retail

MOBO: ASRock AM3 processors AMD 770-140W 4DDR3/ATI CrossFireX motherboard M3A770DE

Power: Corsair Builder Series CX V2 500-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel and AMD Platforms - CMPSU-500CXV2


Thanks in advance for your help!! and just a side question....does anyone know of a good tutorial for this type of build?

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December 7, 2011 1:54:57 PM

It might be cutting it a little close, but I think it will work. I do generally try to go above the minimum with a PSU in case I decide I want to upgrade something down the line that uses more power, but I do think what you have there should run fine a 500W. And since its is a Corsair it will at least be reliable.
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December 7, 2011 2:08:37 PM

It's enough. Don't overclock nothing ( CPU,GPU).
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December 7, 2011 2:15:05 PM

125W (CPU) + ~200W (GPU) + 50W (everything else.) = ~375W. Your PSU has 408W available on its 12V rail, so as mentioned it can do it but you're cutting it rather close. As Sosofm said, don't OC anything...

Why did you buy a laptop harddrive?
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December 7, 2011 2:28:58 PM

thanks for your replies. I bought the laptop hard drive because I am on a military base overseas and could not get others shipped. Is there a compatibility issue?
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December 7, 2011 2:49:29 PM

You'll find it hard to mount in your case unless you have a 2.5" drive spot or a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter. I'm pretty sure they use the same plugs now. They didn't back in the IDE days.
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December 7, 2011 3:04:39 PM

4745454b said:
You'll find it hard to mount in your case unless you have a 2.5" drive spot or a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter. I'm pretty sure they use the same plugs now. They didn't back in the IDE days.



Im using a HAF 912...will it fit in there?
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December 7, 2011 3:26:05 PM

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