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January 19, 2013 5:13:50 PM

Hi, building my first rig on a budget and I don't know what power supply I should get.

Currently, my rig is:

CPU: AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz (2.4GHz Max Turbo) Socket FM1 65W Triple-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D AD3500OJGXBOX ~
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASUS F1A75-M LE FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM/Memory: AMD VALUE EDITION 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 1333MHz 4G PC3-10600 CL9-9-9-24 1.5V
http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/radeon-memory/Pa...
http://www.11st.co.kr/product/SellerProductDetail.tmall...
(The 2nd site is a S. Korean site if you need details or pictures because apparently they only it sell it here)

CASE: ENERGY OPTIMUS K-2 BLACK TOUCH ATX Mid-tower
http://item.gmarket.co.kr/DetailView/Item.asp?goodscode...
(This item is only available in S. Korea, so for more detailed information I provided the site. In case, you can't see it. The power supply mounts on the top, I plan on having approximately 2-3 fans with the case (1x 80mm rear fan, 2x 120mm side fans). There is a front I/O panel with 2x USB 2.0, audio and mic jack, power and reset button)


I tried http://pcpartpicker.com/ but some of the parts aren't listed so it didn't seem very accurate. I plan on using this computer probably till it dies so longevity and reliability is important (something related to PSU efficiency and degradation over time?). I MAY upgrade or add more HDD/SDDs. And it's very unlikely by I MAY also add a discrete graphics card (thinking AMD radeon HD 6670).

SO

1. What is a safe power range for this build? 400? 500?

2. What are some reliable PSU companies/brands?

3. Apparently PSU come with a set number of connectors (ike SATA, 6 pin, and 8 pin PCI E)... how many do I need?

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January 19, 2013 5:29:47 PM

jimpark85 said:

SO

1. What is a safe power range for this build? 400? 500?

2. What are some reliable PSU companies/brands?

3. Apparently PSU come with a set number of connectors (ike SATA, 6 pin, and 8 pin PCI E)... how many do I need?


A good 500 watts will be more than enough for your proposes.

Buy from Seasonic, Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Antec, XFX to mention some.

Most Power Supply's come with 5 to 8 SATA connectors and at least 1 x 6 Pin PCI-E or 2 x 6+2 Pin PCI-E. So if you're planning to add a Graphics Card later be sure that your PSU has the appropriate power connectors for the GPU.
January 19, 2013 6:13:09 PM

jrayx said:
A good 500 watts will be more than enough for your proposes.

Buy from Seasonic, Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Antec, XFX to mention some.

Most Power Supply's come with 5 to 8 SATA connectors and at least 1 x 6 Pin PCI-E or 2 x 6+2 Pin PCI-E. So if you're planning to add a Graphics Card later be sure that your PSU has the appropriate power connectors for the GPU.



Thank you. BUt I was wondering if I could possibly get away with 400 or 450 at all?
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January 19, 2013 7:19:09 PM

Those should be fine too. Show us what you thought of, so we can recommend.
But don't buy a 400-450w psu that is 4 times cheaper than the next 500w psu because those might be rubbish.

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January 19, 2013 7:32:22 PM
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jimpark85 said:
Thank you. BUt I was wondering if I could possibly get away with 400 or 450 at all?


Yes you can get a good quality 450 watts power supply and still you're going to be fine. But most manufacturers have more 500 watts units than 400-450 watts, so you have more options.
January 20, 2013 7:04:08 AM

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