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Could a generic 500w psu handle gts 250 gb?

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September 16, 2012 4:17:37 PM

Hello,
Could my generic 500w psu handle gts 250 1gb?
I don't know if my psu is really ATX branded or just a cheap psu that has an ATX branded sticker. It's also made in china, as said on the bottom of the psu. So I don't really know if my psu's generic, branded, or whatever you call it.
a b ) Power supply
September 16, 2012 4:25:59 PM

List system specs., it depends what else is in your system like cpu, hard drives, ssd, how many sticks of memory, fans, usb devices, optical drives, ect.
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September 16, 2012 4:26:09 PM

It should work fine.
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September 16, 2012 5:59:31 PM

Yes, i'm running a gtx 480 on 550W and that works fine.
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September 17, 2012 4:30:49 AM

my specs are
CPU: Athlon IIx2 240 (overclocked at 3.07ghz)
HDD: Samsung 300 gb
DVD rom: sony
2 fans (1 for the cpu and the other is for the whole system
mobo: asus m2n68-am plus
4 usb ports( don't know how to disable the 2 ports at the back.)

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a b ) Power supply
September 17, 2012 6:33:15 PM

Yes it could power that system, don't know if it will provide CLEAN power! low ripple or low electrical noise. I do not trust generic power supplies, never have. I have been building systems for twenty+ years and have had only one PSU that has been faulty and a quick RMA solved that problem. I have seen alot of generic units fail within a couple of years, if you think about it just doesn't pay to go cheap.
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September 17, 2012 9:04:18 PM

Cheap psu's? No way. These things are really not reliable - go for something 80 certified plus and preferably branded - swap it out for something with a warranty - that way if it blows up you've got some cover! :D 
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September 19, 2012 7:30:59 AM

trollface said:
Cheap psu's? No way. These things are really not reliable - go for something 80 certified plus and preferably branded - swap it out for something with a warranty - that way if it blows up you've got some cover! :D 

that is like the most wonderful idea. You have my respect, master troll.
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September 19, 2012 6:47:40 PM

I wouldn't mess around with a cheap PSU unless the amp rating is ok. I had good luck with a ceapo no name 800watt PSU that has 40Amps on the 12v rail in a mid-high end system for 3 years.

But in that same system with a 680watt cheapo PSU I fried it along with a stick of ram, The system kept shutting down every now and again, so I went ahead and did some stress testing, CPU at full load was fine for 30 min, then I decided to test the video card, worked find for more then 30 min also, Then I tested the CPU/GPU/RAM all at the same time and sparks flew out the back of the PSU. That system pulled 300watts fully loaded if that. mind you that this was a 680 watt psu 25amps on the 12v rail.

System that blew up:

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 940 3.0ghz
RAM: 6gb corsair 1066mhz 5-5-5-15
VGA: ATI HD5770 Flashed to a HD6770
MOBO: ASRock 770DE+

I would get a name brand to be safe, like corsair, xfx ect.
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