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Budget PSU for 2200G + RX 570

Essentially my brother built my littler brother a basic 2200G system and I decided to throw an RX 570 in there.. But the PSU in there was a Cougar STE 500 which looked like the cheapest garbage he could find so I took it out. First off am I wrong about it being complete garbage or will it be fine for a non overclocked 2200G and RX 570?

Second if it is garbage that I need to just throw out then what would you suggest from these options? Prices are Australian.


https://www.pccasegear.com/category/...ies/all-models

Should I just suck it up and go up in price for something like a Seasonic Focus 450w or Be Quiet Pure Power 11 500w. Those are both $99 AUD. Any other suggestions available at this store?
Efficiency may or may not be kind of important.. I live in a place where electricity is 45c/kwh.

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The best one i know among all those is the Corsair CX450M
https://www.pccasegear.com/products/...w-power-supply

Many of the others dont have reviews that i could find and frankly i would not trust a cheap Thermaltake, Cooler Master or SilverStone unit longer than i could throw it
The CX450M is not great but its not bad at all

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I would just use the Couger, you would be amazed how many cheap power supply’s are out there and work fine for normal use.

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The Cougar STE500 should be fine for your use case. That 50-60 bucks isn't going to give you any major upgrade.

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Quote: Originally Posted by shilka View Post
The best one i know among all those is the Corsair CX450M
https://www.pccasegear.com/products/...w-power-supply

Many of the others dont have reviews that i could find and frankly i would not trust a cheap Thermaltake, Cooler Master or SilverStone unit longer than i could throw it
The CX450M is not great but its not bad at all
Thank you. That's what I'll likely go with then. But at $89 AUD it seems like I may as well just spend the extra $10 for the Focus Gold or Pure Power 11? is there any reason you wouldn't? I know they wouldn't be necessary as the system currently is but maybe they'll last longer through more system upgrades?

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I would just use the Couger, you would be amazed how many cheap power supply’s are out there and work fine for normal use.
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The Cougar STE500 should be fine for your use case. That 50-60 bucks isn't going to give you any major upgrade.
There's not a single review of it that I can find and I just simply can't bring myself to trust it. I'm not looking for an upgrade at $60, $100 or even $200 when it comes to buying a PSU.. i'm looking for peace of mind. I'm not letting my 13 year old brother use a PSU that I just plain have no idea whether there's any chance itll start a housefire. I don't want to spend more than is necessary, but i'd spend more than the whole system cost if I had to.

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Cougar is the brand name for the OEM HEC and the number of good units they have ever made can be counted on one hand so any Cougar branded unit is not going to be all that great
As for the CX being only $10 cheaper no its not worth that so spend the extra $10

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I've read good reviews about the Thermaltake Smart RGB and Smart BX1 RGB ones on eteknix and nikkitech, but those are only 2 reviews, and i still don't know what to make of the PSUs. They look like they might worth taking a risk if extremely money bound, and with no other options.

https://www.eteknix.com/thermaltake-...500w-review/7/

https://www.eteknix.com/thermaltake-...y-700w-review/

https://www.eteknix.com/thermaltake-...supply-review/

https://www.eteknix.com/thermaltake-...supply-review/

https://www.nikktech.com/main/articl...review?start=7

If you can find a Gigabyte PB500 500W (GP-PB500), I'd recommend that one as well the cheapest good PSU to get, this Gigabyte is a fan favourite with Russians, former Russian Republics, Eastern and South-Eastern Balkans, Southeast Asia and other 3rd world countries with too small markets for most companies to care due to horrible income, horrible buying power, and cartel monopolized markets with no good PSU brands available

FSP HEXA 85+ (must be this exact name) are really good as well if there are some where you're at.

The Cougar STE500 is idk there about-ish or a step down, I mean the way I intuitively grade it is with the zone designations from Command & Conquer, all except the cougar would be something used in the Yellow Zones, and Brotherhood of Nod would use it, and well the Cougar is kinda slipping into the Red Zone and kinda only The Forgotten Mutants would use it xD And the Corsair CX is the last grade any self-respecting GDI personnel would use in the Blue Zones.

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Ripple suppression and voltage regulation on the Smart BX is pretty average so i would not recommend that one
The Smart RGB on the other hand is actually pretty decent but i do wish eteknix would state who is the OEM in their reviews

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Thanks everyone. I've decided to make the choice between the Phanteks PH-P550GF 550W, Be Quiet Pure Power 11 500W and the Seasonic Focus Gold 450W. They're all $99.

Something tells me the Phanteks makes the most sense maybe? it's a rebrand of the Focus Gold, but 550W instead of only 450W so I guess the hope would be that if after the RX570 he actually takes to PC gaming I can put a 3600 in there later and maybe even hand down my 1080 ti eventually.

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3600/1080 Ti wouldn't use 450W, but if the Be Quiet is a rebrand then just get that for the extra 100W.

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