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430 Watts Powering Overclocked Sandy Bridge System

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I though I'd share that I'm using an old Antec True Power Trio 430 to power my new Sandy Bridge system without any issues. My system is overclocked to 4.5Ghz, and under full load torture tests, my voltages never waiver and I've had no stability issues. Notably, I only have a single graphics card (HD 4850), but I'm also powering a DVD Burner, four harddrives, and numerous fans and USB peripherals.

I was cautiously optimistic that the 430 would be up to the task, but I was definitely prepared to have to upgrade to a better supply power. Just a heads up for those asking "Is xxx watts enough power?" that a good quality power supply will go a long way.
My System
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Core i5-2500k @ 5.0Ghz 1.480v Asus P8P67 Radeon HD 4850 Gskill Sniper (2x4GB) DDR3-1600 CL9 
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 64bit Antec TruePower New 650 Antec Nine Hundred Two v3 
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Core i5-2500k @ 5.0Ghz 1.480v Asus P8P67 Radeon HD 4850 Gskill Sniper (2x4GB) DDR3-1600 CL9 
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 64bit Antec TruePower New 650 Antec Nine Hundred Two v3 
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Obviously you need a 1000W PSU for that kind of setup
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You're fine.
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post
You're fine.
Agreed. Out of curiosity, how much are you pulling from the wall. (do you have a Kill-a-Watt?) I'd reckon that rig pulls no more than 300w max, maybe a tad more..
In any case, this is good info so people realize they don't need a 1500w power supply a rig with a single graphics card. One of my friends has a Phenom II x6 1090T and a 5870 eyefinity edition, and he thought that he'd need 1200w thermaltake power supply to power his rig.
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2x Xeon e5620 @ 3.4 Ghz Evga SR-2 ATI 5870 ATI 5870 
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Nvidia GTS 240 12 GB DDR3 Corsair Dominator OCZ Vertex III ... 2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB 
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300 GB WD Velociraptor WD Caviar Blue 640 GB WD Caviar Green 500 GB LG Blu Ray Combo Drive 
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Corsair H50 x2 Windows 7 Professional / Snow Leopard/ubuntu/Win 7 LG 55 inch tv, I-Inc 28 inch, Acer 20 Inch, 11.... Corsair K90, Logitech g13 
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Nvidia GTS 240 12 GB DDR3 Corsair Dominator OCZ Vertex III ... 2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB 
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300 GB WD Velociraptor WD Caviar Blue 640 GB WD Caviar Green 500 GB LG Blu Ray Combo Drive 
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Corsair H50 x2 Windows 7 Professional / Snow Leopard/ubuntu/Win 7 LG 55 inch tv, I-Inc 28 inch, Acer 20 Inch, 11.... Corsair K90, Logitech g13 
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Spot on post mate, I've been looking around as to whether if I needed to upgrade my PSU now that I'll be upgrading my GPU to something around GTX460. thanks for sharing this info. In fact I've just registered just to thank you
Upgrading
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250GB Hitachi, WD 300GB, WD 500GB, Samsung 500GB Lite-on DVD-RW/DVD+RW Win 7 Pro x64 MS Wired Keyboard 600 
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Thermaltake Purepower 430w Thermaltake Soprano VB1000BWS MS Intellimouse 1.1 Biker Blue 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSKeyboard
250GB Hitachi, WD 300GB, WD 500GB, Samsung 500GB Lite-on DVD-RW/DVD+RW Win 7 Pro x64 MS Wired Keyboard 600 
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Thermaltake Purepower 430w Thermaltake Soprano VB1000BWS MS Intellimouse 1.1 Biker Blue 
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True Power Trio is yet another Seasonic built single rail unit (contrary to the "Trio" marketing). In fact, I have one. Used to run mine in an Antec NSK3480 case because the case needed a really short PSU (all the Trio models were short, even the 650W). I ran it with an overclocked Core 2 Duo (okay, really a Xeon E3110) and a GTX 285 graphics card (with a PCIe power adapter). It did a better job than my Enhance ENH-5150 500W PSU, which would trip under load.

IIRC the 550W and 650W got good reviews, but 430W was not reviewed. Only issue was with 650W having a soldered in fuse that was the OCP. Try pulling more power and fuse would blow, instead of a soft trip. Yeah, no power cycling to reset a blown fuse. For shame, Antec!
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Intel 330 240GB SSD, Crucial M4 256GB mSATA SSD... Samsung DVDRW CoolIt Eco Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
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Samsung 305T Plus, Dell 2005FPW Cooler Master QuickFire Pro mechanical keyboard Rosewill Capstone 450W Lian Li PC-Q11B 
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Intel 330 240GB SSD, Crucial M4 256GB mSATA SSD... Samsung DVDRW CoolIt Eco Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 305T Plus, Dell 2005FPW Cooler Master QuickFire Pro mechanical keyboard Rosewill Capstone 450W Lian Li PC-Q11B 
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Out of curiosity, how much are you pulling from the wall. (do you have a Kill-a-Watt?)
Unfortunately, I don't have any tools to measure what the pull is from the wall.
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5-2500k @ 5.0Ghz 1.480v Asus P8P67 Radeon HD 4850 Gskill Sniper (2x4GB) DDR3-1600 CL9 
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 64bit Antec TruePower New 650 Antec Nine Hundred Two v3 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5-2500k @ 5.0Ghz 1.480v Asus P8P67 Radeon HD 4850 Gskill Sniper (2x4GB) DDR3-1600 CL9 
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 64bit Antec TruePower New 650 Antec Nine Hundred Two v3 
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