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Minimum wattage to run this setup?

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February 2, 2013 2:22:49 AM

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor OVERCLOCKED @ 4.5ghz
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
Memory: G.SKILL Value 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C11S-8GNT
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Full (64-bit)
Mouse: Logitech G9x Wired Laser Mouse
Monitor: HP 2010i 20" widescreen lcd 16:9
Optical Drive: HP DVD-RAM GH60L
CPU fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212

case has 4 fans
whats the lowest SAFE wattage for a power supply for this setup?

a b ) Power supply
February 2, 2013 3:09:25 AM

I'm not sure you even need to worry about specifics. Most entry level PSUs these days are 400-500W. Any good brand in that bracket will be more than sufficient, as long as it's a modern design of course.
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February 2, 2013 3:23:10 AM

what brands should i stay away from? im looking for a low price 550 w then
February 2, 2013 3:25:08 AM

just get a quality brand:corsair,seasonic,antec,ect. could you tell us the brand of the low price 550w
February 2, 2013 3:27:58 AM

well theres a 500w corsair and a 550w antec. i like the 500 because its cheaper and from what i hear a better brand lol
February 2, 2013 3:29:15 AM

make of the power supplies because even big brands can have bad types like some cx version of the series
a b ) Power supply
February 2, 2013 3:29:57 AM

The cheapest "good" entry PSUs are usually the XFX Core 450 and Corsair CX430. If you want to go higher, there are higher wattage versions of both. Depends what country you are in of course.
February 2, 2013 3:34:12 AM

this will most likely be overclocked. do i need additional power for that? or is 550 fine?

February 2, 2013 3:41:12 AM

550w will be enough and i would go with the corsair cx600w

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a b ) Power supply
February 2, 2013 3:44:11 AM

Nah, you are actually using like 2-300W, hence why pretty much any decent PSU will suffice. Overclocking will increase it, but not enough to cause you headaches.

If you want cheap, then the Corsair CX430 is probably the best bet, still nice discounts on them right now.
If you want to give yourself a bit more headroom for future upgrades or whatever, then the CX500 is $50 after rebate.

Other alternatives include the Antec NeoEco 520C, XFX Core 450/550, Rosewill Hive 550. All of those should be pretty cheap and good quality. There's a load of others, but that's all I could spot in the "value" pile at the moment.
a b ) Power supply
February 2, 2013 3:59:05 AM

d00msdayxx said:
any problems with this line?

I wouldn't. Poor 12V amperage. No efficiency certification. I could go on, but it's not really good value, in "real" terms it's effectively more of a 400W PSU.
February 2, 2013 4:04:02 AM

ok thank you. ill probably go with the cx430 but are there any youd suggest that have a blue led but are still good quality? itd match my build perfectly. not necessary but neat looking lol
a b ) Power supply
February 2, 2013 4:24:52 AM

Tbh it's the sort of thing cheaper companies tend to add. Having said that, this series is basically the Corsair CX series with better aesthetics (depending on your perspective) and lighting options.
Couldn't tell you where to get hold of one, and I'm not sure it's worth the cash.

If it's something you really want, you are probably better off buying a decent non-disco-jazzy PSU and one of those internal LED strips you can bling it up with. I know Bitfenix do an range of cables and ledstrips called alchemy, looks like this-
February 2, 2013 4:29:07 AM

thank you so much. best forum anywhere.
February 2, 2013 4:29:23 AM

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February 2, 2013 6:31:42 AM

if i get a 7970 gpu will i need more?