Corsair CX500 enough?

Hi! I have built a computer that I will be using for gaming, and I need a power supply to go with it. I want to get the cheapest power supply, but I also want to get a Corsair one as I know that these are good quality PSUs. My question is, that will a CX500 V2 PSU be good enough for my system? I won't be overclocking or upgrading any time soon, if not at all! Here are my specs:
i5 2320 3GHz
P8H61-LX
Corsair XMS3 8GB 1333MHz
Asus GTX 560 Ti 2GB
500GB hard drive
DVD-RW/CD-RW drive
Any help? Thanks :D
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  1. Should be...double check on the box to your video card it should say a minimum recomended wattage for power supplies. But I think you should be fine 500W is fine for almost any rig not running SLI or Crossfire.
  2. roaddoc326 said:
    Should be...double check on the box to your video card it should say a minimum recomended wattage for power supplies. But I think you should be fine 500W is fine for almost any rig not running SLI or Crossfire.

    On the box it says "Minimum 500W", thanks for the reply :D
  3. The 560 ti requires a 500W psu with two 6 pin pcie connectors and with ~31A on it's +12v rail, the CX500 has 38A on the +12v rail and two pcie connectors, it has more than enough juice for it, even with the gpu oc.
  4. Awesome, thanks! :D
  5. djangoringo said:
    The 560 ti requires a 500W psu with two 6 pin pcie connectors and with ~31A on it's +12v rail, the CX500 has 38A on the +12v rail and two pcie connectors, it has more than enough juice for it, even with the gpu oc.



    You'll have to pardon our esteemed collegue (above) He inadvertantly posted incorrect power requirements.

    The 560TI is appromately a 150w part (12.5a on the 12v rail) and ~300w for a pair in SLI.

    You should see that you will be more than fine with a 500w Corsair even if you were to add in another.
  6. This is the total recommend not just the 560 ti power consumption.
    And i wouldn't recommend doing a SLI setup of 560 ti on a 500W psu with 38A.
  7. bouncedk said:
    The CX is overpriced garbage and its only rated at 30c... a cheaper XFX power supply (core edition pro) made by Seasonic would be a far far better choice. Rated at 50c. Quie the difference

    The Corsair name is not a guantee for top quality anymore. I would never use a CX on a gaming rig, not in a million years.

    Would you like to reccommend a better power supply for about £30-£50? I need one with Active PFC, and voltage protections as the voltage in my plug sockets like to fluctuate :P
  8. The CX500 is decent and it will do for the 560 ti, but bouncedk has a point, the xfx 550 core edition is just ~2-3£ and it's a seasonic oem psu, the corsair cx is from the entry series of the corsair psus and it's made by channel well.
    You can find it here : http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/powersupplies/XFX/P1-550S-XXB9.html
    or in other stores : http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9
  9. calpol55 said:
    ...as the voltage in my plug sockets like to fluctuate :P


    You should purchase a UPS in addition to your PSU.
  10. popatim said:
    You should purchase a UPS in addition to your PSU.

    What's a good/recommended UPS, that's cheap (I'm on a tight budget)? :)
  11. Js the CX500 only has 34A on the +12V Rail...
  12. djangoringo said:
    The CX500 is decent and it will do for the 560 ti, but bouncedk has a point, the xfx 550 core edition is just ~2-3£ and it's a seasonic oem psu, the corsair cx is from the entry series of the corsair psus and it's made by channel well.
    You can find it here : http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/powersupplies/XFX/P1-550S-XXB9.html
    or in other stores : http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9

    Wow, that one actually looks pretty amazing! Thanks for the reccommendation, I'll actually get this one instead! I've noticed that this power supply said that it would, clean, dirty power, if this does work with dirty power, then I wouldn't need to get a USP, is this true?
  13. "Power drawn from your AC outlet is typically dirty with voltage spikes and fluctuations, which can harm vital PC components. XFX PSUs are designed to deliver tight DC voltage regulation with minimal AC ripple, giving you safer, cleaner power."

    Any decent psu will do that.
  14. djangoringo said:
    "Power drawn from your AC outlet is typically dirty with voltage spikes and fluctuations, which can harm vital PC components. XFX PSUs are designed to deliver tight DC voltage regulation with minimal AC ripple, giving you safer, cleaner power."

    Any decent psu will do that.

    Ah right, well that explains why my other cheap power supplies exploded on me :P Thanks :D
  15. More one the xfx clean power :

    "-Haha, no. That's not how this works. You do not plug your CPU directly into the wall. Every power supply filters the incoming AC to some extent, even the cheap ones, and that's before the secondary side even gets started with it. The filtering on the secondary side is there primarily to kill the AC ripple from the side effects of switchmode power supply design. A good unit will not have much "dirty" left from the AC line by the time the power goes into the secondary, let alone the wires that go out to your computer's components."
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=216

    So it's not only the xfx psus that offer "clean power" any quality psu will give the same results.
  16. djangoringo said:
    More one the xfx clean power :

    "-Haha, no. That's not how this works. You do not plug your CPU directly into the wall. Every power supply filters the incoming AC to some extent, even the cheap ones, and that's before the secondary side even gets started with it. The filtering on the secondary side is there primarily to kill the AC ripple from the side effects of switchmode power supply design. A good unit will not have much "dirty" left from the AC line by the time the power goes into the secondary, let alone the wires that go out to your computer's components."
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=216

    So it's not only the xfx psus that offer "clean power" any quality psu will give the same results.

    Ah, I'll still buy that one, is it better than the CX500, because that had some bad reviews, if I remember?
  17. The XFX 550 Core edition is a seasonic oem psu, the cx is the entry level series of the corsair psus made by channel well, the xfx has better quality components, but the cx is decent(there's nothing wrong with it), but since the xfx is almost at the same price, i'd grab the xfx psu.
  18. djangoringo said:
    The XFX 550 Core edition is a seasonic oem psu, the cx is the entry level series of the corsair psus made by channel well, the xfx has better quality components, but the cx is decent(there's nothing wrong with it), but since the xfx is almost at the same price, i'd grab the xfx psu.

    Thanks :)
  19. An update: I've ended up buying the CX500, as the other one was out of stock. This is the one that I bought: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=310638787357
    I'm waiting for it to come in the post, and I'll give an update when I recieve it, hopefully it's good :D
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