Looking to replace my iffy psu that came in raidmax smilodon, its 500 watts and runs my system fine but i really dont think it will last that long and i dont trust it for extended periods under load. So what would be a good cheap solution? i know which brands r good but some dont always power at the advertised wattage. So any recommendations for around $50ish? 500-600 watts preferred.

Current System:
Phenom II X6 1055T @2.8GHz - want to OC

MSI NF750-G55 - older motherboard from 2010 that was known for starting on fire (has yet to, and dont expect it to, alrdy had cpu @3.4ghz with the OC Switch)

XFX Radeon HD 6770 - looking to go to 6870/6950/7850 in the future.

8gb (2x4gb) Kingston HyperX Blu DDR3 1600 downclocked to 1333 cause motherboard and 1.65v

Zalman CNPS 9900MAX cpu cooler

WDC 500gb hdd @7200 rpm

DVD /rw

Thermaltake Element G case

psu listed above

Looking to be able to run this system with no psu failures because its a cheap psu lol will prob OC, and play lots of BF3

*Will also be upgrading motherboard at some point, due to how old it is and chance of vrm failure and fire lol looking at open boxed Sabertooth 990fx or MSI 990FXA-GD80V2 open boxed and yes i understand the risk in buying open box items.
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  1. People forget that the PSU is one of the most important components in a system.

    If you can stretch your budget you can get a really good PSU. I'd recommend to get one of these that comes with a 5yr warranty:

    SeaSonic 520W =
    Corsair CX600 V2 600W =
    XFX 550W =
  2. These are the only ones I could find which more closely meet your budget criteria, while still being high quality enough for your build and having suitable cabling.
    Antec Neo Eco 520C ($60 @ Newegg / 10% off promo code)
    Doesn't come with a power cord, so you'll have to reuse one you've already got.

    Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W ($55 @ Newegg)

    The CX600 V2 has a three year warranty btw.
  3. You don't need such a big PSU. 175 for OC'd CPU, and 150W for 7850 with 50W rest of system is only 375W. Most 500W PSUs should be about to output 400W+ so a 600W isn't needed. That seasonic or Antec will be fine.
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    I'm running an HD6950 on the Seasonic M12II-520 with absolutely no issues. From a price perspective, the OCZ ModXstream 600W is a great deal right now at Newegg: $40 after discount and MIR. It is overkill for your system...especially with the 6770, but it is a decent PSU at a great price: I like the other options mentioned above too...Antec Neo Eco or HCG-520, Seasonic S12II-520, XFX Core 550W are all great PSUs at good prices. I'd could go wither way between the OCZ and the Corsair CX600 at this point. The OCZ is $10 less but you have to wait for the reate for $25 while the Corsair has two more years of warranty and less rebate to wait for....
  5. Corsair CX600 V2 product page

    Three year warranty and lifetime access to Corsair’s legendary technical support and customer service
  6. The OCZ was prob gonna be my choice, cheap and good, my friend has the 700 watt version so seems to be my choice, i just hate the damn rebate process lol
  7. Silvune said:
    Corsair CX600 V2 product page

    Three year warranty and lifetime access to Corsair’s legendary technical support and customer service

    I thought that was the case and then I saw 5 years on Newegg...great catch Silvune
  8. I think the old seasonic built units were 5years. The new CWT CX units are 3. I'm sure there are a bunch of exceptions to this as well.
  9. i'd say take the safe route if you want to do more upgrades in the future, go with a corsair CX600 , ### GS or ###TX if u have the extra cash...
  10. Turns out, not only can you not trust Newegg customer reviews, you can't always trust Newegg's product information...

    Lazyboy, definitely don't bother with the 700W version of the OCZ ModXStream Pro, unless it is the same price or cheaper than the 600W version because it offers nothing that the 600W version doesn't.

    You should be aware that the length of cables on the OCZ MXSP units are fairly short at 45cm. Competitors usually have 55cm on the main cables, which will make it easier to cable manage.
  11. I def wasnt going to go with the 700 watt ocz, srry post sounded confusing but meant my choice was prob the 600 watt version. Still havent made a final choice, thanks for the info get back later with a decision
  12. Best answer selected by Lazyboy947.
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