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Is 500w enough for a new build? (specs included)

post #1 of 12
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Building a new computer for the first time and want to make sure I don't set anything on fire.

Parts so far
CPU: Intel i5 2500k (sandy bridge)

MOBO: MSI P67A-GD55

Video: XFX HD-575X-ZNFC (Radeon 5750)

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB
Model F3-12800CL7D

2 HDD's (haven't picked yet)
2 DVD-RW (haven't picked yet)
Fans/Cooling (haven't picked yet)

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500w ATX 12V 2.3
80-plus bronze, active PFC

Really trying to keep the budget below $800 if at all possible.

I'll be using this for video editing, computer graphics (3D), programming, and moderate gaming
Moderate gaming means basically keeping my favorite games alive (Deus Ex, Sim City 4, KOTOR 2, etc.).
I'd like to play a few current titles, but I'm not looking to run Crysis on max settings or anything.
post #2 of 12
A quality 350W could do it.
post #3 of 12
For your purposes it may be worth downgrading the motherboard to one of the cheaper decent P67 options like Gigabyte UD3 or AsRock Pro3 (honesty are you going to Crossfire HD 5750s?) and then get a cheaper power supply. For video editing and 3D rendering, 8 GB RAM is more important than features you won't use and power you won't use.

Unfortunately, there's not much good in the 350W range. The usual low-budget PSU suspects are like the Antec Earthwatts Green 380D and Corsair CX430.
post #4 of 12
A 500w would let you xfire those 5750s if your board supports that...
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post #5 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by mikeaj View Post
For video editing and 3D rendering, 8 GB RAM is more important than features you won't use and power you won't use.
Seconded on the extra ram, for rendering you really can't have too much.
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post #6 of 12
Go with the ASRock P67 Extreme4...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-229-_-Product

and this power supply or an Earthwatts like mikeaj said

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817154026
post #7 of 12
A corsair CX400 or a Corsair VX450W should be fine for your build.
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post #8 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sychodrama View Post
Go with the ASRock P67 Extreme4...



and this power supply or an Earthwatts like mikeaj said

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817154026
Is that apex power supply you're suggesting any good?
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post #9 of 12
I havent used it but it does have 2 x pci-e 6-pins and not alot of low watt psu's have em. It has gotton good ratings.
post #10 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sychodrama View Post
Go with the ASRock P67 Extreme4...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-229-_-Product

and this power supply or an Earthwatts like mikeaj said

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817154026
God no, the Apex is a terrible PSU. Awful.


EDIT: Pretty sure it's either a SunPro or a Deer. Which are terribad and awful, respectively.
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