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PSU for a newb?

Postposted on Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:49 pm

It's been about 4 years since I've built and have researched a bit but I wanted some opinions. The new specs that I'm looking at building are:

AMD 64 X2 7750 or 3000
4gb RAM
Radeon 4830
2x 500gb HDD
DVD burner

That's the idea and I am thinking the Antec Earthwatts 430 PSU but what are your thoughts? Will 430 be enough? Should I get a PSU with more rails or wattage? I do some casual gaming. I don't have a lot to spend so keep that in mind :) Any help would be great!
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Re: PSU for a newb?

Postposted on Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:03 am

That Antec should be fine.

You're not looking at particularly power-hungry components, so any 400W (or higher) PSU from a reputable manufacturer ought to be OK. Just avoid the generic and off-brand stuff.
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Re: PSU for a newb?

Postposted on Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:05 am

Welcome to the Tech Report!

Have you read the latest System Guide?

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The earthwatts EA-430 should be sufficient for your system.
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Re: PSU for a newb?

Postposted on Wed Feb 25, 2009 2:44 am

Just an FYI, if you have your system on 24x7 and use it regularly (especially for gaming) a higher efficiency PSU can actually pay for itself in 2-3 years over one that is inefficient. The cost savings comes in your monthly electric bill. The Earthwatts 430 watt psu mentioned above is just fine.

In general, I don't think most people consider the cost of electricity when they look at different PSUs. You can help the environment and save money by getting an 80%+ PSU. They are also typically made of better quality components, which is better for your computer hardware.
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Re: PSU for a newb?

Postposted on Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:26 am

I really messed up, I meant an AMD 6000, would that make a difference seeing how it's a 125w CPU?
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Re: PSU for a newb?

Postposted on Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:49 am

sokey70 wrote:I really messed up, I meant an AMD 6000, would that make a difference seeing how it's a 125w CPU?

It should still be enough. However if you feel like you need more breathing room, I would suggest the Corsair 450W unit.
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Re: PSU for a newb?

Postposted on Fri Feb 27, 2009 4:56 pm

The new 6000+ is an 89W processor. Is that what you were thinking of?
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Re: PSU for a newb?

Postposted on Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:35 pm

Yes the 6000 89w, maybe the Kuma 7750.
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Re: PSU for a newb?

Postposted on Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:56 pm

What are you planning to do with two 500GB HDDs?
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Re: PSU for a newb?

Postposted on Sat Feb 28, 2009 5:07 pm

What aren't I planning on doing with two 500 drives is the question. I have a huge collection of photos and videos that I've edited and continue to edit, why not save them all? The question was about the PSU anywasy thanks.
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Re: PSU for a newb?

Postposted on Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:58 pm

I think he was hinting you could just grab a terabyte drive, but I wouldn't swear to it.

P.S. That PSU is a great choice.
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Re: PSU for a newb?

Postposted on Sat Feb 28, 2009 7:37 pm

Just for comparison, I just upgraded my system. I am running a very comparable system:

AMD 6000+
Samsung F1 750 gig hd
AMD 4850

I run an Antec earthwatts 380 just fine.
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Re: PSU for a newb?

Postposted on Sat Feb 28, 2009 7:43 pm

grantmeaname wrote:I think he was hinting you could just grab a terabyte drive, but I wouldn't swear to it.

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Re: PSU for a newb?

Postposted on Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:01 am

Wow on a 380w? That's reassuring, thanks for the post haha and as for the TB drive, I'd rather just run 2 separate drives I guess. In reality I could probably get by with one for now and just add another later or something. Anyway, thanks for the advice!
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