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March 10, 2013 9:10:41 PM

Hello people!
I recently built my first own gaming PC. It was great for first 3 months, until it makes random reboots in middle of the games. ( games like SC2, diablo 3 or lol).. I searched many forums and I found out it might be my PSU problem. Since, i am a Computer Noob, i need a help to find how much watt usage for my computer.. Since, i am a foreigner, i have limited English skills. Here is my SPEC...

AMD FX-4100 quade core processor 3.62 GHz - CPU

ASUS M5A 78L-M LX Plus - Mobo

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity (100315L )

G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB DDR3 1600 ( 12800) - 2 sticks of 4GB Ram..

Corsair Builder Series CS500 500W ATA12V v2.3 80Plus Bronze - PSU

2TB Seagate 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 3.5 internal - HARD DRIVE

Also extra stuff ( below)

120MM LED FAN x 2

AOC FC-2000 PCI Slot Case Cooler - PCI FAN..

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 - CPU FAN

*I have to mension that my wireless network is USB.. and my keyboard and mouse are wireless.. Please help me..
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March 10, 2013 9:16:45 PM

Yes ;) 
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March 10, 2013 9:18:29 PM

If it's possible can you set my spec into that website..? Sorry for being noob.. :p 
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March 10, 2013 10:01:07 PM

lunajun said:
If it's possible can you set my spec into that website..? Sorry for being noob.. :p 


Hi - really isn't necessary, your cx500 psu is normally enough to power
a rig with a hd 6850gpu. Maybe you go a bad one.
750w is overkill, won't do any harm, but will cost you
more money than you need to pay.

Look for a quality 550-600w if you're concerned with a 500 being
not enough.

Stay with brands such as Seasonic, Antec, XFX, Corsair,
Silverstone.
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March 11, 2013 12:06:28 AM

lunajun said:
ALso i am trying to change my PSU into Corsair CX750 Builder Series ATX 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Power Supply.. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008RJZQSW/ref=oh_deta...... Is it ok with my spec.. ?


what you have right now should be fine, but if i was ever to purchase a psu, it would never be the corsair cx series. they are low quality compared to other units from xfx that are made by seasonic and perform much better
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March 11, 2013 1:35:29 AM

With the good PSU that you have, I doubt that is your problem with the re-booting issue. It may be you have a defective motherboard.
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March 11, 2013 1:43:27 AM

(darn, can't edit)
If you want to check actual wattage used, pick up a Kill-a-watt meter. It will read total watts from the primary side of the PSU. Your actual system will be slight lower. There is now a UK version: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Plug-In-Power-and-Energy-Monito...
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March 11, 2013 5:22:32 AM

Best answer selected by lunajun.
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