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May 26, 2012 10:37:11 AM

I am building a new PC and was wondering if a 450w power supply will be sufficient for an i5 3570K and a amd HD 6770? I am planning on doing some overclocking on the i5.

The complete specs are:
8GB ddr3 mushkin ram
ASRock extreme 4 z77 motherboard
1TB sata 3 HD
60GB corsair sata 3 SSD
Coolermaster hyper 412s
i5 3570k
XFX HD 6770


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May 26, 2012 12:16:24 PM

You'l need something like 600W. 450W is running very low and leaves no room for upgrades, overclocking or possibly even powering what you have. If you intend to Crossfire later you'l need a 750W.
May 26, 2012 2:12:38 PM

if it is a quallity brand and has a strong +12v rail like Antec, Silverstone, Corsair or Seasonic - yes. Any other 450 W PSU probably not, especially if you want to OC that IVY. but you would likely limit you expansion options.

I have a i5 2500K on a HD 7850 on a ST45SF in my HTPC Gamer box. Not over clocking it yet though, but I am sure it will handle it.

without going into detail on the different voltage and such a good rule is 80% of max power so on a 450W PSU you have about 360W useable. (secondary consideration would be the strength of the 12V rail)

typical system OC'd i5 Ivy = 208W without GPU running Prime 95
GPU HD 6770 = 108 w (not over clocked) running Metro loop
Total 316W leaves only 34w to spare

you should use a really strong 500-600 W PSU if you are planning to OC that Ivy and want to maybe upgrade your GPU later.
Antec, Silverstone, Corsair or Seasonic.
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May 26, 2012 2:24:25 PM

I currently own a CX430 V2 and it powers:

i3-2100
2 X 4GB Ram
H61 Mobo
DVD Burner
500GB HDD
OCed 6850
May 26, 2012 2:25:02 PM

A Quality 450W like the XFX one or the Corsair , Antec , Seasonic will be more than enough for those req above..............

Just plug it in ...it should work fine
May 26, 2012 2:49:26 PM

pacman4565 said:
I am building a new PC and was wondering if a 450w power supply will be sufficient for an i5 3570K and a amd HD 6770? I am planning on doing some overclocking on the i5.

The complete specs are:
8GB ddr3 mushkin ram
ASRock extreme 4 z77 motherboard
1TB sata 3 HD
60GB corsair sata 3 SSD
Coolermaster hyper 412s
i5 3570k
XFX HD 6770


As previous users have mentioned; you'll be fine with a 450 watt Power Supply IF it's manufactured by quality companies such as Corsair, XFX, Seasonic, etc.
However, I would recommend you getting a 650 Corsair Power Supply because;

1) It's only about $25 more
2) Power Supplies are more power efficient at about 60-70% load [basically, you'll earn that $25 back in energy savings in about an year]
3) you have a very very capable CPU - if anything, you'll want to upgrade your Graphics Card [or CrossFire] about a year down the road and this 650W Power Supply will keep your options wide and open.

Corsair 650Watt Enthusiast Series [Version 2]
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-139-0...

~Coffee
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May 26, 2012 3:07:09 PM

coffeecoffee said:
However, I would recommend you getting a 650 Corsair Power Supply because;

2) Power Supplies are more power efficient at about 60-70% load [basically, you'll earn that $25 back in energy savings in about an year]

The OP's configuration is going to be around 250W max sustained load so a good 450W PSU with 80+ Bronze or better rating would be more power-efficient than a 650W PSU of similar quality operating at under 40% load.
May 26, 2012 3:24:32 PM

pacman4565 said:
I was mainly wondering because my current build uses a coolermaster gx 450w psu

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=...

should I use that or shall I purchase a more powerful one 650-750W one?



Your current power supply is sufficient for now; you don't have to get a new one now. You can always buy one when you decide it's time to upgrade your graphics card or getting a second for CrossFire.

~Coffee
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