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Power supply question

Last response: in Components
November 6, 2012 9:08:42 PM

Hi all!
I have a doubt. Recently I built a system with this components:

Asrock Z77 Extreme 4
i5 3570k
Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB
HD 4850 512MB
1 TB HDD and 1 optic drive

The PSU is a 520W Tacens Radix 2 with 2 +12V rails with 17 and 18 amps each. It has aprox 5 years with 10k hours more or less.

Do you think I have enough with this PSU? and with this +12V line? I'm a bit paranoid about this. I would like to know if with this PSU I can run "safely" my computer.

Thank you very much!

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November 6, 2012 9:26:28 PM

Honestly, I would not run a new build with that power supply. Seems to me as a ticking time bomb, have not heard of that power supply brand. In addition, you forgot to count capacitor aging. 5 years of usage will probably mean your power supply has lost its initial wattage. If you are buying a new power supply then go for Antec, XFX, Seasonic, Corsair, PCP & C and other good power supply brands.

Take a look at this tier list:

I would say tier 3 is the minimum for safe power supplies.

Some recommendations, your build should not exceed 350 watts at stock clocks, if you want an overclock then here are some recommendations.