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September 15, 2012 10:18:28 PM

I just built my first machine. Instead of checking TomsHardware's PSU tier-list I simply "inni minni miney mo'd" picking the PSU. Now I'm paying for it hard, since I have to run minimum case-fan settings, and can't do anything that pushes the GPU or the pc shuts off and comes back with "Asus anti-surge was triggered due to unstable power supply" (not verbatim). After getting no support whatsoever from the manufacturer, I am returning it to newegg for a refund and picking a different power supply.

Can you all please please please give me a good suggestion for a 600w power supply that WILL BE STABLE WITH MY SYSTEM SETUP. My budget is between $50 and $80. Also, if you think I could get away with a lower wattage PSU, I am not objecting to that. I don't care if it's a guy peddling a wattage bike powering my pc, as long as that does the job I need it to do. I have checked the tier list, but I'm afraid to just pick anything since it may be a great PSU, but not great with my rig... thank you for your expertise in advance.

System specs:

OS: Win7 64-bit
CPU: i5-2310 2.9ghz
MOBO: Asus P8Z77-V LE
GPU: XFX Radeon HD 7750
RAM: Crucial 2X4GB 1600
SSD: 60GB SATA 6
CASE: Antec 900
September 15, 2012 10:29:04 PM

You won't need anywhere near 600W of power for your system. Get an Antec EA380D.
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September 15, 2012 10:30:32 PM

You can get by on a high level 380W but somewhere between 500-600W will be fine for your system. I'm partial to corsair so this is my main pick: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W $70. Others:

SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W

XFX Core Edition PRO550W
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September 15, 2012 10:32:35 PM

The CX600 only offers 480W on the 12v rail, but it is enough for his system.
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September 15, 2012 10:38:44 PM

Another good PSU is the VX450W.
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September 15, 2012 10:45:27 PM

This antec 520w:

( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

that you guys suggested looks great. I plan on putting a couple more components in this thing later which is why i got a bigger PSU... like another GPU, a 1-3 TB HDD, and some more RAM etc. So you think if I purchase that PSU, should be smooth sailing from here?
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September 15, 2012 10:50:32 PM

Don't CF that GPU. Get a new one when you have the $.
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September 16, 2012 12:24:12 AM

azeem40 said:
Don't CF that GPU. Get a new one when you have the $.


will a CF setup on that GPU cause me more stability issues u think?
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September 16, 2012 12:32:05 AM

Yes, and that CF doesn't scale well with those low end GPUs.
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September 16, 2012 12:49:54 AM

Just so you are aware, those Eco PSU's from Antec don't have a power cable. You are required to reuse a power cable so it's more Eco-friendly.
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September 16, 2012 2:51:20 AM

egilbe said:
Just so you are aware, those Eco PSU's from Antec don't have a power cable. You are required to reuse a power cable so it's more Eco-friendly.


That's an awesome "by the way" you added, egilbe. I happen to have one lying around, but if I didn't, and ended up having to make another trip to the parts store it woulda just been one more thing to piss me off about this whole issue with the PSU. Thank you everyone for your tech expertise and opinions.
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September 23, 2012 4:27:42 AM

Best answer selected by 12thbenjamin.
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