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Im building a PC for a friend and she already have a power supply but it is only 430W (Brand: Thermaltake, Model: Dont remember)

I have build something for her and check with the Calculator. The result is 400W.

This is the PC spec


AMD Phenom II x4 965
Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3
G.Skill Rimpjaws 2x4GB
MSI R7850 Twin Frozr
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
Generic DVD burner
Hyper 212+
In a CM 690 II

Want to know if it is ok. I have ~800$ budjet (canadian $) and I want to build the better for gaming so I was trying to go without buying a new psu.

Thanks, Lee

Edit : Im not planing to overclock at all!!! It is important I believe tongue.gif
Edited by Lee17 - 3/28/12 at 11:44am
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There is really no reason on earth I would consider a Phenom II X4 when there are significantly better options out there, especially seeing that you have no intentions of overclocking. I would go with a i3 2100 which would be far more useful than the Phenom II X4 and much faster [not to mention that you're locking someone into a dead socket, that under performs and has no potential for upgrade].

Second, there are many budget minded cases out there that won't eat up such a large portion of your budget. You would be far better off spending the extra $$ on a good quality PSU and going with something such as a HAF 912.

Last, stick with 4GB of memory for now, upgrade to 8GB if necessary, the only time I found myself needing 8GB was when I started heavily utilizing Photoshop and it made sense.

On a more related note, yes a decent 430W psu should run that system, though a lot of thermaltake psu's are on the shoddy side.
Edited by appleg33k85 - 3/28/12 at 11:58am
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I dont think she will want to upgrade is computer. I was trying to use what she already have. I try with a i5 but it was way over budget so I look away. I try with the new AMD cpu series (The 4000 one) but it look like to be worst in performance than the 965.

She use photoshop to do some artwork and want to be able to do HD video editing. But I had to keep in mind that she want to be able to play recent game at 1080p with issue.

She never had a good computer and I want to build something really powerfull in is $$$.

Good idea for the ram but for that i3... did that cpu have only 2 cores? I was looking for a quad but.... because I though that quad will be more future proof and powerful.
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As for i3 (Sandy Bridge) vs. Phenom II X4, the i3 is faster at games, the Phenom II X4 is faster for some video editing operations maybe but not by a huge deal at all. If you want to "future proof" then consider that the i3 supports AVX instructions whereas the Phenom II does not, which could make the i3 significantly faster for some multimedia operations if that gets supported by software in the future. For a quick and dirty comparison (please check the reviews) that may not be completely accurate, see here:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/289?vs=102

8GB of RAM for that makes sense, and it's so cheap these days.

Also of relevance here is the fact that the i3 uses about 60-70W less or so under load, which would mean less stress on the power supply.

A Thermaltake 430W unit is probably the very common TR2 which kind of sucks. I'd rather see a lower-power computer on it, even though to be honest, a Phenom II X4 and HD 7850 system wouldn't be pushing 300W.
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I manage to fit a i5-2400 in it. I think it will do a better job and I will take a BiostarTP67XE who have -60$ promo on it today

Thanks, Lee

Edit : Yes, it is the TR2 model
Edited by Lee17 - 3/28/12 at 3:42pm
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post #6 of 6
Every 430W Thermaltake has ever made is the same HEC 300W with minor variations. Latches off at ~350W.
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