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500w Powersupply Good Enough to Power My System?

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January 8, 2013 7:09:13 PM

MY system build:

Motherboard: Gigabyte 990FX + SB950 revision 1.1
CPU: AMD Bulldozer FX-8120
CPU Cooling: Zalman CNPs9900MAX
RAM: Kingston HyperX Blue 8 (2x4GB) (1600 Mhz)
Graphics Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 Core Edition 860MHZ
Hardrive 1: 2.5" Adata SX900 256 GB
Hardrive 2: 3.5" Hitachi Deskstar 1TB (bought in early 2010)
Hardrive 3: 2.5" Toshiba 1TB hardrive
Optic Drive: LG (WH14NS40 BDXL) Internal 14x Blu-ray Writer, OEM
System fans: 3 120 mm and 1 80 mm

I plan on overclocking my FX-8120 to 4.0 Ghz in the future as I do not have the cpu cooler on the system right now.
With all that being said, is this power supply good enough to power it? Thermaltake TR2 500W
January 8, 2013 7:24:07 PM

For the sake of $5 I would just get the 600w version save yourself the worry - Thermaltake TR2 600W

Or do you already have the TR2 500w?
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January 8, 2013 7:29:29 PM

No. Those are the old Thermalfakes; they're overrated and inefficient. A quality 500W PSU, such as one made by Seasonic (e.g. their own, or XFX, and some Antec, but NOT the Corsair V2 Builder), Enermax/LEPA, or Super Flower (e.g. Rosewill Capstone) would be sufficient, even with an OC.
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January 8, 2013 7:40:02 PM

casper1973 said:
For the sake of $5 I would just get the 600w version save yourself the worry - Thermaltake TR2 600W

Or do you already have the TR2 500w?


Yeah I already have the TR2 500w from my older build.
I have already ordered this: Cooler Master GX 750W 80+ last week on sale, it was $53.99 after rebate. I'm just wondering now if it's worth the 53.99 upgrade. I could cancel the order and just keep on using the TR2-500w and save some money.
January 8, 2013 7:47:11 PM

500 watts are plenty.. especially for your video card. :) 
January 8, 2013 7:59:39 PM

taengoo9sone said:
Yeah I already have the TR2 500w from my older build.
I have already ordered this: Cooler Master GX 750W 80+ last week on sale, it was $53.99 after rebate. I'm just wondering now if it's worth the 53.99 upgrade. I could cancel the order and just keep on using the TR2-500w and save some money.


Well the TR2-500W might manage but just how old is it? When a PSU goes it quite often takes other parts out with it. I don't think it's worth risking the damage to other parts of your system.

PS. $53.99 is an amazing price for that PSU!
It costs £72 over here, which is about $115.
January 8, 2013 8:04:11 PM

casper1973 said:
Well the TR2-500W should manage but just how old is it? When a PSU goes it quite often takes other parts out with it. I don't think it's worth risking the damage to other parts of your system.


I bought the TR-2 500w during summer of 2011, so it's about 1 year and half old.
How long do PSUs last? This new one should last me 4 to 5 years right?
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January 8, 2013 10:56:34 PM

The TR2 is an older overrated unit. See the little voltage switch on it? With only one exception I can think of (the Antec VP-450), it indicates an obsolete, inefficient, and usually overrated design.
Unfortunately, the CM is another bad unit. Its very similar smaller brother, the GX-650 (made by the same company) was summarized by HardOCP as "a polished turd in a box:" http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/11/22/cooler_master... while the actual 750 was found to be dangerous to components at loads over 450W: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-GX...
Get something made by Seasonic if you'd like assurance of quality.
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