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Cheap PC for light gaming? How does this sound?

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February 17, 2013 10:04:20 AM

Motherboard: AsRock 90-MXGPQ0-A0UAYZ FM2 FM2A85X-ITX M-ITX
CPU: AMD A series A10-5800K
RAM: G.Skill 8GB (2 x 4GB) ARES DDR3 1866MHz DIMM 240-pin CL9 Blue
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ES 500GB 7200RPM SATA ST3500630NS

Would all these work together ok with a 450W psu? Or would I need a 500W? Or even a 650? (Obviously I also have to add a disc drive and account for extra fans)

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February 17, 2013 10:12:10 AM

that will work with a 300w psu and it sounds fine. its about what i was gonna build for my mom.

but im waiting for richland or specifically the a10-6800k, they come out on march 19th or so says the rumors
a b B Homebuilt system
February 17, 2013 10:14:12 AM

It should be fine on a decent ~350W, but it really depends on the model. Keep in mind that a PSU's wattage doesn't actually matter very much these days because only one of the voltage rails, +12V, is uses extensively by modern systems since that's the voltage used primarily by both the CPU and graphics.

If you're going for a cheap, but good PSU, then I suggest the Antec VP-450. It can be had for $40 and is a very good PSU in terms of reliability and is decent in efficiency. It's around an 80+ or a weak Bronze in efficiency; it just doesn't have the certification because it lacks active PFC. I'm not aware of anything cheaper that is worth buying.

I would consider what farrengottu said about Richland over Trinity. IDK if they'll be here in March for sure, but if they are, then I think that it's a wait worth waiting to find out since it's not that long of a wait for this sort of thing.
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February 17, 2013 11:00:38 AM

farrengottu said:
that will work with a 300w psu and it sounds fine. its about what i was gonna build for my mom.

but im waiting for richland or specifically the a10-6800k, they come out on march 19th or so says the rumors


Thanks. I'll wait for the Richland :) 
February 17, 2013 11:01:49 AM

blazorthon said:
It should be fine on a decent ~350W, but it really depends on the model. Keep in mind that a PSU's wattage doesn't actually matter very much these days because only one of the voltage rails, +12V, is uses extensively by modern systems since that's the voltage used primarily by both the CPU and graphics.

If you're going for a cheap, but good PSU, then I suggest the Antec VP-450. It can be had for $40 and is a very good PSU in terms of reliability and is decent in efficiency. It's around an 80+ or a weak Bronze in efficiency; it just doesn't have the certification because it lacks active PFC. I'm not aware of anything cheaper that is worth buying.

I would consider what farrengottu said about Richland over Trinity. IDK if they'll be here in March for sure, but if they are, then I think that it's a wait worth waiting to find out since it's not that long of a wait for this sort of thing.


Well, I've got a PSU in an 8 year old PC that's 450w. I don't know what brand it is or anything but would that be ok?
February 17, 2013 11:02:19 AM

o1die said:
I don't recommend the mini itx boards if you have more space due to heat issues and the low grade power supplies some of the cases come with. What case do you plan to use? Here's an affordable combo:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (no power cord included, but most people have a spare)


Thanks, and I'm planning on using this case: CiT Mars Midi Tower Gaming Case with 1 x Red Fan No LCD
a b B Homebuilt system
February 17, 2013 11:10:09 AM

maxcsw said:
Well, I've got a PSU in an 8 year old PC that's 450w. I don't know what brand it is or anything but would that be ok?


I wouldn't trust it. Older models tend to have a much higher percentage of their power output towards the +5V rail and that doesn't help because modern systems use the +12V rail much more. Also, PSUs degrade over time and eight years is a long time for a PSU.

That Antec Neo 400W brought up by o1ldie would do the job for your system more than well enough too, just in case you wanted to be sure. Like I said, it's not about overall wattage, it's mostly just about 12V these days. The +5V and +3.3V rails aren't used significantly anymore. Storage drivers and such use them, but they don't use a lot of power like CPUs and graphics do.
February 17, 2013 2:42:45 PM

blazorthon said:
I wouldn't trust it. Older models tend to have a much higher percentage of their power output towards the +5V rail and that doesn't help because modern systems use the +12V rail much more. Also, PSUs degrade over time and eight years is a long time for a PSU.

That Antec Neo 400W brought up by o1ldie would do the job for your system more than well enough too, just in case you wanted to be sure. Like I said, it's not about overall wattage, it's mostly just about 12V these days. The +5V and +3.3V rails aren't used significantly anymore. Storage drivers and such use them, but they don't use a lot of power like CPUs and graphics do.


Ohh okay, what about this psu? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cit-400W-Micro-Atx-PSU-Power-...
a b B Homebuilt system
February 17, 2013 4:49:20 PM

It only has twelve amps on the +12V rail. I suggest staying far away from that. No joke, it might just fail immediately or even explode.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1450s...
Have a look at this one. It'll do the job and then some, but it has a realistic price at £33.95 and is pretty much guaranteed to not have any issue with your system. It also has much more safety features than that cheap CIT disaster waiting to happen.
February 17, 2013 5:40:45 PM

blazorthon said:
It only has twelve amps on the +12V rail. I suggest staying far away from that. No joke, it might just fail immediately or even explode.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1450s...
Have a look at this one. It'll do the job and then some, but it has a realistic price at £33.95 and is pretty much guaranteed to not have any issue with your system. It also has much more safety features than that cheap CIT disaster waiting to happen.


Hahahaha I'm a noob as you can tell. Thanks a lot :) 
a b B Homebuilt system
February 17, 2013 7:08:22 PM

Glad to help.
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