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430w or 500w?

Alright well I decided it would be best to buy a new PSU to get a higher end video card (6670 for 100$ or 550 Ti for 120$ just need a new PSU) but now I cant decide if I should get 430w or 500w Im looking at the Corsair CX430/CX500 here is my system

Intel G620 2.6GHz Dual-core
6GB DDR3 RAM
7200 RPM 1TB Harddrive
DVD-RW
Motherboard is just a premade micro
USB Wireless Adapter
(Want to add) ECS GTX 550Ti

Thanks for any suggestions!

Also my case (its a prebuilt PC but a fairly large case) has an ATX PSU in it so is there any problem putting in an ATX12V or is that just a newer version?
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    Either one of those Corsair units will run a decent entry level gaming card.
    The 500w for more flexibilty.
    I'd buy a 6770 or 6790 over the cards you mention.
  2. I'd say get the cx430 and buy a 6850 for much better performance than the 550ti.

    don't buy the 550 ti either way.
  3. ^+1 i agree the 550ti is a dud.
  4. Best answer selected by bwathke.
  5. For a system using a single GeForce GTX 550 Ti graphics card NVIDIA specifies a minimum of a 400 Watt or greater power supply that has a combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 24 Amps or greater and that has at least one 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector.

    For a system using a single Radeon HD 6670 graphics card AMD specifies a minimum of a 400 Watt or greater power supply. The power supply should also have a combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 22 Amps or greater.

    For a system using a single Radeon HD 6850 graphics card AMD specifies a minimum of a 500 Watt or greater power supply. The power supply should also have a combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 24 Amps or greater and have at least one 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector.

    The Corsair Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2), with its maximum +12 Volt continuous current rating of 28 Amps and one (6+2)-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector, is sufficient for a system using any of the three graphics cards mentioned so far. This power supply unit will fit in your consumer desktop's case with no problem.
  6. Thanks for the suggestions but I havent had fun times with AMD and Ive had no problems with Nvidia cards so Im sticking to them =)
  7. try to get a 460 then. the 550 ti is a pos.
  8. esrever said:
    try to get a 460 then. the 550 ti is a pos.

    You're a mind reader and know you're stuff lol!
    That would be my recommendation also:)
  9. In fact there are some 6850 cards that aren't all that much more than the 6670s, and some 6770/6790s for roughly the same price.

    If you can stretch it out a bit this one is only ~140 after mir http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161389
  10. EDIT: Read the wrong one on accident but this still leaves the GTX 460 using a lot more power, would the 430 handle it?
  11. the 430 will handle it.
    The radeons are much better price/performance tho.
  12. bwathke said:
    Alright well I decided it would be best to buy a new PSU to get a higher end video card (6670 for 100$ or 550 Ti for 120$ just need a new PSU) but now I cant decide if I should get 430w or 500w Im looking at the Corsair CX430/CX500 here is my system

    Intel G620 2.6GHz Dual-core
    6GB DDR3 RAM
    7200 RPM 1TB Harddrive
    DVD-RW
    Motherboard is just a premade micro
    USB Wireless Adapter
    (Want to add) ECS GTX 550Ti

    Thanks for any suggestions!

    Also my case (its a prebuilt PC but a fairly large case) has an ATX PSU in it so is there any problem putting in an ATX12V or is that just a newer version?


    When ever you buy a power supply you don't wanna buy a cheap one
    Corsair are good, but the thing with corsair one gives you one X 1 +12v rails, Cooler master got a 500 walts $40.00 dollars w/ $10.00 rebate if you want that one, and it come with 2 +12v rails.
    It's up to you, I'm just saying i like both PSU company but you can get more from your money.
    - Computertechs
  13. computertechs said:
    When ever you buy a power supply you don't wanna buy a cheap one
    Corsair are good, but the thing with corsair one gives you one X 1 +12v rails, Cooler master got a 500 walts $40.00 dollars w/ $10.00 rebate if you want that one, and it come with 2 +12v rails.
    It's up to you, I'm just saying i like both PSU company but you can get more from your money.
    - Computertechs


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171031 Are you talking about that one? I heard that Corsair was a good brand but never heard about many others, thats the same price as the CX430 and looks a lot better should I go with that?
  14. bwathke said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171031 Are you talking about that one? I heard that Corsair was a good brand but never heard about many others, thats the same price as the CX430 and looks a lot better should I go with that?

    Buy a Corsair! Most low end CM's are junk,(the GX450 is an exception)especially that particular unit JUNK= notice the red voltage switch = old outdated crap
    Go with 500W Corsair for best gpu compatability = has two PCI-E connectors
    Good budget units = one PCI-E 6pin
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007657%20600014019&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=58%7C17-139-026%5E17-139-026-TS%2C17-171-060%5E17-171-060-TS
    Budget units 2 x PCI-E
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007657%20600014020&IsNodeId=1&page=3&bop=And&CompareItemList=58%7C17-341-016%5E17-341-016-S01%23%2C17-139-027%5E17-139-027-TS
  15. Cooler Master's Extreme Power Plus Series and Elite Power Series are absolute crap. Don't waste your money buying it because you'll just have to replace it anyway.
  16. So will this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171060 run the following...

    i7 Processor(LGA 1155)
    8GB DDR3 RAM
    DVD-RW
    GTX 460
    7200 RPM 1TB

    Thats the highest I plan on upgrading this system for quite a while.
  17. For a system using a single GeForce GTX 460 graphics card NVIDIA specifies a minimum of a 450 Watt or greater power supply that has a combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 24 Amps or greater and that has at least two 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors.

    The Cooler Master GX Series 450W (RS450-ACAAD3-US), with its maximum +12 Volt continuous current rating of 35 Amps and one 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector, meets the electrical requirement but not the PCI Express connector requirement.

    Is Cooler Master the only brand that you have available to you where you live?
  18. ko888 said:
    For a system using a single GeForce GTX 460 graphics card NVIDIA specifies a minimum of a 450 Watt or greater power supply that has a combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 24 Amps or greater and that has at least two 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors.

    The Cooler Master GX Series 450W (RS450-ACAAD3-US), with its maximum +12 Volt continuous current rating of 35 Amps and one 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector, meets the electrical requirement but not the PCI Express connector requirement.

    Is Cooler Master the only brand that you have available to you where you live?


    No that is just what people were suggesting I would be ordering these things online somewhere, the only place I have near me is Bestbuy and they charge a LOT more then sites like Newegg... Im open to any brand of PSUs

    EDIT: The corsair CX 500w is on sale right now should I go for that?
  19. bwathke said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171031 Are you talking about that one? I heard that Corsair was a good brand but never heard about many others, thats the same price as the CX430 and looks a lot better should I go with that?


    Yes, that the one i got in my computer.
    It's a good PWS
    I mean it up to you
    You don't have to get a cooler master, You can get the corsair air.


    I got 4 led blue fans 120mm, Had 6 but this cooler took my side panel fans off was to big lol.
    Evercool HHD Cooler
    WD 160GB 5,900 RPM I think
    WD 640 GB 7,200 RPM
    Msi CD/Dvd Rom
    Sunbeam twister 120 Fans {Cpu fan}
    Amd Phenom ii x4 955 Black Edition {Not OC will ruin my warranty}
    GTX 550 Ti
    And my psu been running for months w/ any issues
  20. esrever said:


    That one is a nice PSU, But the thing is newegg always change prices, I seen that PSU go for $39.99 then it goes up and down lol kinda confusing to keep up with all that.
  21. bwathke said:
    No that is just what people were suggesting I would be ordering these things online somewhere, the only place I have near me is Bestbuy and they charge a LOT more then sites like Newegg... Im open to any brand of PSUs

    EDIT: The corsair CX 500w is on sale right now should I go for that?

    The Corsair Builder Series CX500 V2 (CMPSU-500CXV2) meets all of the power supply requirements for a single GeForce GTX 460 so it'll work fine.
  22. bwathke said:
    Alright well I decided it would be best to buy a new PSU to get a higher end video card (6670 for 100$ or 550 Ti for 120$ just need a new PSU) but now I cant decide if I should get 430w or 500w Im looking at the Corsair CX430/CX500 here is my system

    Intel G620 2.6GHz Dual-core
    6GB DDR3 RAM
    7200 RPM 1TB Harddrive
    DVD-RW
    Motherboard is just a premade micro
    USB Wireless Adapter
    (Want to add) ECS GTX 550Ti

    Thanks for any suggestions!

    Also my case (its a prebuilt PC but a fairly large case) has an ATX PSU in it so is there any problem putting in an ATX12V or is that just a newer version?


    And one other thing, You see one of my friends bought a CA PSU 750 Walts, It was dead Newegg send a old one.
    CM PSU are wrap in plastic so try compusa, buybest, or any other stores that you can get to, you may have to pay tax but it be worth it this way you don't get a broken one like my friend.
  23. ko888 said:
    The Corsair Builder Series CX500 V2 (CMPSU-500CXV2) meets all of the power supply requirements for a single GeForce GTX 460 so it'll work fine.


    Alright I will go with that then, 30$ only after MIR so not bad at all imo. Thanks for all the help =)
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