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post #1 of 12
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He bought a custom pc from another friend. This is the PSU that's in it
I've never seen or heard of this brand which makes me skeptical. I'm asking cause he needs to add a video card and I need to know what he's limited to
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Edited by itzzjason - 3/5/13 at 8:06am
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post #2 of 12
don't add in a high powered gpu with that

he can probably use this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026&Tpk=cx430

$20

should support 90% of all single gpu / cpu systems unless he has a

quadcore with hyperthreading + 7970 + overclocks
or a
hex/octacore with 7970 + overclocks


Otherwise, it'll handle everything for a mere $20.


Why that $20 unit? It's probably as cheap as that blue star one!
Because of this

https://www.google.com/search?q=cx430+review&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS512US512&aq=f&oq=cx430+review&aqs=chrome.0.57j0l2j62l3.1963&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#hl=en&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS512US512&sclient=psy-ab&q=cx430+v2+review&oq=cx430+v2+review&gs_l=serp.3..0i7j0i7i30j0i5i30l2.5413.5641.0.6025.3.3.0.0.0.0.102.297.1j2.3.0.les%3B..0.0...1c.1.5.psy-ab.2yo1Ef5VYpk&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.43148975,d.b2I&fp=bb9cd624baf1d49&biw=1353&bih=1437
post #3 of 12
12V rail is about half of it's reported capacity which alone makes me skeptical not to mention the price. I'd say it works as long as you won't stress it too much. (>50%)
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by Fulvin View Post

12V rail is about half of it's reported capacity which alone makes me skeptical not to mention the price. I'd say you're fine as long as you won't stress it too much. (>50%)

I'd say it starts crapping out at 375w-450w loads... of course if he's pulling that much you'd already know.

Realistically with a power supply that cheap, his CPU/GPU of choice probably have his system pulling 250w max during a gaming session.
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by FlashFir View Post

I'd say it starts crapping out at 375w-450w loads... of course if he's pulling that much you'd already know.

Realistically with a power supply that cheap, his CPU/GPU of choice probably have his system pulling 250w max during a gaming session.
That's what i said, no? He didn't post any specs, btw. He just said this to be for his friend.
post #6 of 12
Depends how old the psu is / was in use.
capacitor aging

http://www.overclock.net/t/1037785/question-on-capacitor-aging
post #7 of 12
i thought BLUE STAR only make air-conditioners tongue.gif
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post #8 of 12
Limited by the cost of a new power supply. Nobody should ever be using the power supply to power anything that they want to see running in the future.

Blue star / echostar are some epic-tier worst power supplies (Leadman):
http://www.jonnyguru.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6714


completely false specs and dangerous levels of miserable failure
post #9 of 12
NO, dont put anything you want fried with that. It might support ultra low wattage builds, but i wouldnt trust this thing going past 350 watts. I will certainly crap out after that.
post #10 of 12
Blue Star? sounds like somthing from a hotel.
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