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Hi all,

I'm in a bit of a pickle with the power supply for my current build (see below). I originally purchased this power supply: Silverstone ST50F-ES 500W . It unfortunately didn't last longer than a month--and went completely dead and I'm in the process of sending it back to them. In the interim, I went to best buy so I could use my computer in the meantime, and impulsively bought a ThermaltakeTR2 600W.

So, right now I have two power supplies which I don't really want and which I don't trust with my components after what I've read about the two models this week.

I'm looking for a power supply that can run my build below, as well as handle a possible i5 upgrade and SSD addition in the next 6 months--and I'm not looking to break the bank. I'm looking in the $75-$80 range.

So far, I'm thinking this: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply. But there seems to be a high DOA rate, from what I can gather in Newegg feedback--and I've read a few thing saying it's not particularly worthy of the CORSAIR name.

Any suggestions? The sooner the better!


CPU: Intel Pentium G2120 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155
HD: Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB)
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 600W
GFX: PowerColor AX7850 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7850 1GB
MOBO: MSI ZH77A-G43 LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA
CASE: NZXT Source 210 Elite White Steel
Edited by kmccaff - 3/21/13 at 6:54am
post #2 of 11

My first recommendation is the 450W Rosewill CAPSTONE Series for $67.98 after shipping:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182066

 

If you decide to add a 2nd 7850, then I would recommend the 550W XFX Pro Core Edition for $69.99 shipped, $54.99 after the rebate card:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013

 

However, the Capstone is quite a bit better.

 

If you're interested in a modular PSU, then the 400W PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III for $63.98 after shipping, $53.98 after the rebate card:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703034

 

Or, there's the 550W SeaSonic G Series for $89.99 shipped:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151119

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post #3 of 11
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Thanks for the quick response TwoCables. I've heard that a Radeon HD 7850 recommends a minimum of 500W--will the Capstone provide enough power?
post #4 of 11
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Thanks for the quick response TwoCables. I've heard that a Radeon HD 7850 recommends a minimum of 500W--will the Capstone provide enough power?
More than enough. I have a 450w Fortress and it powers 2x 8800gt so you should be fine.
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Thanks for the quick response TwoCables. I've heard that a Radeon HD 7850 recommends a minimum of 500W--will the Capstone provide enough power?

 

It's way more than enough. The PSUs I recommended are all rated based on their continuous capacity. The PSU requirements stated by both AMD and NVIDIA are referring to PSUs based on their peak capacity. The typical 500W peak-rated PSU has a +12V capacity of about 360W max. Here's the break-down of each PSU I recommended showing the +12V capacities listed in the same order as before:

 

  1. 450W Rosewill CAPSTONE Series: +12V capacity of 444W
  2. 550W XFX Pro Core Edition: +12V capacity of 528W
  3. 400W PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III: +12V capacity of 360W (same as a typical 500W peak-rated PSU)
  4. 550W SeaSonic G Series: +12V capacity of 540W

 

Then there's this:

 

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/amd_radeon_hd_7850_and_7870_review,7.html

 

With one 7850 under full load in their system, their PSU pulled 256W from the wall outlet. Their CPU was idling, so I'll add 77W for an i5-3570. So with the 3570 under full load at the same time as the 7850, this would make the PSU pull 333W from the wall outlet. This means that if the PSU is 90% efficient while pulling 333W from the wall outlet, then the computer is pulling 300W from the PSU. If the PSU is 85% efficient while pulling 333W from the wall outlet, then the computer is pulling 283W from the PSU. While gaming, the power draw will be closer to about 250-275W being pulled out of the PSU.

 

;)

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I got a XFX 450W pro, has good reviews, built by seasonic
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post #7 of 11
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It's way more than enough. The PSUs I recommended are all rated based on their continuous capacity. The PSU requirements stated by both AMD and NVIDIA are referring to PSUs based on their peak capacity. The typical 500W peak-rated PSU has a +12V capacity of about 360W max. Here's the break-down of each PSU I recommended showing the +12V capacities listed in the same order as before:
  1. 450W Rosewill CAPSTONE Series: +12V capacity of 444W
  2. 550W XFX Pro Core Edition: +12V capacity of 528W
  3. 400W PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III: +12V capacity of 360W (same as a typical 500W peak-rated PSU)
  4. 550W SeaSonic G Series: +12V capacity of 540W

Then there's this:

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/amd_radeon_hd_7850_and_7870_review,7.html

With one 7850 under full load in their system, their PSU pulled 256W from the wall outlet. Their CPU was idling, so I'll add 77W for an i5-3570. So with the 3570 under full load at the same time as the 7850, this would make the PSU pull 333W from the wall outlet. This means that if the PSU is 90% efficient while pulling 333W from the wall outlet, then the computer is pulling 300W from the PSU. If the PSU is 85% efficient while pulling 333W from the wall outlet, then the computer is pulling 283W from the PSU. While gaming, the power draw will be closer to about 250-275W being pulled out of the PSU.

wink.gif

Thanks again, I just installed the Rosewill and it's running well. I'm glad to have that Thermaltake TR2 out of system. Now to go return it to bestbuy!
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Thanks again, I just installed the Rosewill and it's running well. I'm glad to have that Thermaltake TR2 out of system. Now to go return it to bestbuy!

 

Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't know you were going to have to go into a Best Buy because of this. lol :)

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post #9 of 11
Another TR-2?

Well bugger all It seams that beast from hell has showed up a lot the last few days glad you got rid of yours now smash it with a hammer

Talked to another guy who claims it a good PSU
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post #10 of 11

It sounds like some of the newer ones are decent or something. Still, a Capstone is way better.

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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
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Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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