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People keep telling me my Raidmax (700w) PSU is POS and that I should get something else to avoid this thing killing my system.

But I've had it for over a year, and although it's not great and it's overrated watt-wise, it seems to get the job done.

1. Should I get another PSU to be safe, or should I not fix what ain't broke?
2. About how much wattage does my system need?
3. What recommendations do you guys have for PSUs?
*I'm looking for something cheap, and my biggest possible future upgrades are more HDDs, quad core intel cpu, or maybe another 5770 in crossfire.
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post #2 of 19
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Originally Posted by TheWolfe View Post
People keep telling me my Raidmax (700w) PSU is POS and that I should get something else to avoid this thing killing my system.

But I've had it for over a year, and although it's not great and it's overrated watt-wise, it seems to get the job done.

1. Should I get another PSU to be safe, or should I not fix what ain't broke?
2. About how much wattage does my system need?
3. What recommendations do you guys have for PSUs?
*I'm looking for something cheap, and my biggest possible future upgrades are more HDDs, quad core intel cpu, or maybe another 5770 in crossfire.
Since you're overclocking, I feel that it's extra important to replace this PSU before something bad happens. Even exceeding 1 year for a PSU isn't much. But with a low quality PSU, it can sometimes mean that it might fail any day now (which has a history of killing other components in a computer system, up to the entire computer).

Now, I know you're looking for something cheap, but what could your budget be? Can you afford the 550W Antec TruePower New? This PSU would easily be able to handle your system with two 5770s in it.
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post #3 of 19
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Now, I know you're looking for something cheap, but what could your budget be? Can you afford the 550W Antec TruePower New? This PSU would easily be able to handle your system with two 5770s in it.
Well how much is it? I rather not spend more than 40-50 on a psu.
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post #4 of 19
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Well how much is it? I rather not spend more than 40-50 on a psu.
If that's the case, then you might have to stick with a single 5770. $50 makes it very, very difficult to find a decent PSU that can handle a system with two 5770's in it (roughly 550W to 600W).

But now here's a 530W Rosewill Green Series for $54.99 shipped. Don't let the name "Rosewill" scare you. This particular series is actually fairly high quality. Even I would be happy using this PSU in my sig rig! It wouldn't surprise me if it could handle your system with two 5770s in it!

This could be the best you can get with a budget of $40-$50 when considering having two 5770s in this system.
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post #5 of 19
$40-$50 on a PSU when you're happy to put another $100 GPU in there? You have your priorities the wrong way round my friend, extra money on a good PSU will get you better clocks, and keep your system safe from exploding junk PSUs.
You really, really want to save up and get a good PSU, the 550w/650w Antec TPN (both $80 on the Egg) (or the XFX pro series 650w ($65 after MIR when they get back in stock))
A good PSU is the basis of a good machine, you'd not go out on a road trip in a car with bald tyres, right? So why build your computer around a time-bomb of a PSU?
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Actually, the TP-550 and TP-650 are $89.99 before shipping at Newegg. The TP-550 is $92.98 shipped (after shipping), and the TP-650 is $93.98 shipped (after shipping).
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post #7 of 19
If the system is running fine the way it is, Don't change a thing but if getting radical with upgrades your best to increase the wattage of the PSU.
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post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by Ebotman View Post
If the system is running fine the way it is, Don't change a thing but if getting radical with upgrades your best to increase the wattage of the PSU.
Yeah, but he has a Raidmax PSU which could be a disaster waiting to happen.
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post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
Yeah, but he has a Raidmax PSU which could be a disaster waiting to happen.
Fair point
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post #10 of 19
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Alright you've convinced me. Link me to a good, quality PSU that can easily handle the future upgrades I mentioned.
I'm willing to spend $65-100
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