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hey overclock.net I am new here and I know my brother comes here and he gets all the answers he needs when he asks them, so I joined hoping to get some help because my bros out of town without a working cell.

I just bought my first build, and I am pretty excited for it but I have a question.
I regret this, but I bought a generic 500w PSU for my phenom ii and 5770. I think I should have done with a better power supply (550w+, 80+, name brand) but I already ordered from newegg so no changing that. On the plus side the reviews were usually good. On this build I will primarily be gaming, so I need to know what would be more beneficial to my performance when gaming, overclocking or unlocking (plus maybe a little bit of overclocking if my psu and temps can handle it).

it will be under a stock cooler and my case is an Antec 300.
I have plenty of extra fans at home ranging from all sizes that I can plug in for more air flow.

thanks
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Depends on the game. More and more newer games are becoming more multi-threaded. At either rate, i would unlock it AND overclock it ONLY after you get a new cooler.... Hyper 212+ is an excellent, cheap cooler. 30 bucks last i remember, may have gone up...

As far as your PSU, you will probably be okay... Your nowhere near 500 watts, much less 400 watts. Probably more around the upper 200s, lower 300s with that system under load. However, a quality psu is always a good idea.. If the money is there, it may be worth it for an upgrade just in case.
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What exact PSU is it?
Some 500Ws can be mediocre and shouldn't even be rated at 500W. Considering you have a video card with decent TDP there, it may be of concern. Esp. depending on 12V wattage max.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817148027
most reviews are good, the ones (3 eggs and lower) are usually there because it died right after the warranty wore off, lol. not too worried about that, it was just 40 bucks.

my full specs:
seagate barracuda 7200.10 500gb
870a-g54
5770 1gb ddr5
phenom ii x2 555 BE
2x2gb ddr3 1600 XMS3 memory
500w generic piece of crap PSU
Edited by Kegdas - 6/21/11 at 8:01am
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Originally Posted by Kegdas View Post
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817148027
most reviews are good, the ones (3 eggs and lower) are usually there because it died right after the warranty wore off, lol. not too worried about that, it was just 40 bucks.

my full specs:
seagate barracuda 7200.12 500gb
870a-g54
5770 1gb ddr5
phenom ii x2 555 BE
2x2gb ddr3 1600 XMS3 memory
500w generic piece of crap PSU
I would send that PSU back as soon as you get it, and get a name brand PSU (like corsair). Trust me, it'll be worth it when the other one goes ka-put.

Once you do that, get a new CPU cooling system. For air cooling, I would get the cooler master hyper 212+, because it works great! If you want to get into some more overclocking, I'd get the Corsair hydro series H70. (Beware, this is water cooling now). But to be perfectly honest to ya, the hyper 212+ is fantastic!

Once you recieve and install those two things, it's time to get into o/c'in. It really Does depend on the applications you play. Some require more multi-tasking and/or multi-threading, whereas others require more loads of work to do at a single time. I can answer if you tell me what games you play?
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post #6 of 10
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wait, so I can refund my processor?
how would I do that?
it was payed by paypal off of newegg btw

EDIT: meant PSU
Edited by Kegdas - 6/21/11 at 8:27am
post #7 of 10
I'd return the PSU and get a name brand, like other's have suggested.

Unlocking is not guaranteed. Even if you unlock it, you may be like me where you cannot OC it even with a 200mhz OC. I would have gotten a better motherboard for the price you paid for that 870a-g54.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128490
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131734
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157243
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157244

Those are the boards I'd rather pick out.

The only thing you're guaranteed is a dual core that can overclock if your board allows it.

Don't expect good frames out of new games though, especially Bad Company 2. Unlocking my dual to a quad nearly doubled my performance. If you're playing older games or source games you should be OK though.

You cannot return processors from my understanding. You'd be better off just keeping it and trying to make it work or unlock it to a quad.
Edited by Kvjavs - 6/21/11 at 8:09am
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No send the power supply back,and get a better CPU cooler for the processor to overclock.Have a look in the OCN rec. power supply thread found here for more info
http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...-supplies.html

man I just got a good laugh on the reviews for that PSU
Quote:
Pros: Came with power cord. MB & SATA wires are clearly color-defined and zip-tied to avoid entanglements and confusion. All wires more than long enough to reach devices. Fans are quieter than my processor fan. MAIL-IN REBATE makes this PS nearly free.
Cons: Gives off some static electricity. I don't know if this is a problem yet, or if I installed something wrong, but I don't think it's because of me. Everything is grounded and protected...
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  • 6/6/2011 3:25:48 PM
  • Tech Level: 4/5
  • Ownership: 2/5
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Rating: 4/5Good for the Money

Pros: Came with power cord. MB & SATA wires are clearly color-defined and zip-tied to avoid entanglements and confusion. All wires more than long enough to reach devices. Fans are quieter than my processor fan. MAIL-IN REBATE makes this PS nearly free.
Cons: Gives off some static electricity. I don't know if this is a problem yet, or if I installed something wrong, but I don't think it's because of me. Everything is grounded and protected...
OP you can't pay any attention to 95% of reviews on newegg-most people have no clue
Edited by Redwoodz - 6/21/11 at 8:14am
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nonono
my mistake
I meant I can refund my PSU - power supply? How do I do that? I payed for the whole order on newegg using paypal, and it should arrive tomorrow.

I want to refund the PSU to get my 40 bucks back and then get an actual good PSU and possibly an aftermarket cooler. They will give me full cost back, right?
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Contact Newegg, and they should help you if you get on it asap. Hopefully if you get to it before it gets to your house they wont hit you with a restocking fee. Try to switch out the Motherboard for one of the mentioned ones as well while you are at it.

My recommendation for PSU :Corsair CX430 44.00 about the same price as the one you had, and it will power your rig fine, even if it unlocks to a b55 x4
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