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October 9, 2012 6:09:13 AM

Hey there,

I'm building my first gaming rig and I'm wondering if I can re-use my Cooler Master 500W PSU.

Here are the specs of the proposed rig:
Intel i7 3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
Leadtek Winfast GTX 560 (Not Ti)
8GB of G.SKILL RAM (Can't remember speed)
Western Digital Blue Edition 1TB

Would a 500W PSU be able to power this?

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October 9, 2012 8:09:02 AM

Should be fine, yes, although Cooler Master PSU's don't come highly recommended by the folks on this forum.
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October 9, 2012 8:29:59 AM

Coolermaster is not a bad brand, and is certainly preffered by many other manufacturers. It is just that other brands like Corsair, Enermax, Seasonic build PSUs of better quality. Try it and and see if it is stong enough for your system.

If it fails, consider a Corsair GS or TX series PSU.
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a b ) Power supply
October 9, 2012 8:35:13 AM

I'm rather an Antec fan myself, they are also top quality.
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October 9, 2012 8:57:26 AM

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October 9, 2012 8:58:56 AM

Thanks for the help. The Cooler Master was a replacement for a Hyena PSU which blew up causing a nice little light show.
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October 9, 2012 9:16:19 AM

Yeah, low quality units tend to do that from time to time... Lesson learned, eh?
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October 9, 2012 10:17:26 PM

Kits said:
Thanks for the help. The Cooler Master was a replacement for a Hyena PSU which blew up causing a nice little light show.


Hi Kitd - A little sidenote - the Coolermaster 500w is on 'johnnylucky.org' lemon list due to a review by Hardware Secrets,
however the problems(efficiency, ripple, noise) don't appear to be it's 500w rating.

Tom
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