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How much Power supply is needed here?

Q: How much Power supply is needed here?

Hi guys, new here...I'm setting up a new pc, sooo a few questions here.
I'm planning on getting an Asus A88XM-plus motheboard, Amd X4 860K cpu and Sapphire R9 280 3GB video how much power supply would be enough...450-500W?..would 650 be an overkill? Is all of this fully compatible?
Do I need a sound card, modem or special cooling or something? ( I already have 2*8gb Ram sticks and HDD, don't really need DVD drive).
I'm also thinking in between Antec 902 V3 case and a lot cheaper LC Power Gaming 975b Air wing much quality difference is there in between these two?
Also, how much improvement is there in between this card and my current one, sapphire r7 265 2gb?
Are there anything that you would exchange for something else...I'm on a tight budget, but I don't mind spending a few extra bucks if it be worth in the long run.
Thanks in advance.
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Here is my specs

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sata hard drives sata and sata 2 300 gigs and 250 gigs

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xfi fatality extreme music sound card-off my system tho since vista has probs with it so using the sound card that asus came with

20.1 inch dell wide screen monitor

So what you guys think?I might switch to quad tho in 2 weeks

everything runs fine on the 550 watts and i don't plan to sli my video card so am i ok?

A:New Power supply needed?
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Hi guys new here I'm setting up a new pc sooo a few questions here I'm planning on getting an Asus A XM-plus motheboard Amd X K cpu and Sapphire R GB video card so how much power supply would be enough - W would be an overkill Is all of Power needed How is much supply here? this fully compatible Do I need a sound card modem How much Power supply is needed here? or special cooling or How much Power supply is needed here? something I already have gb Ram sticks and HDD don't really need DVD drive I'm also thinking in between Antec V case and a lot cheaper LC Power Gaming b Air wing Midi how much quality difference is there in between these two Also how much improvement is there in between this card and my current one sapphire r gb Are there any parts that you would exchange for something else I'm on a tight budget but I don't mind spending a few extra bucks if it be worth in the long run Thanks in advance

A:How much Power supply is needed here?

Hey Bobo!

Nice components.

Asus MB is a good one as is the 860K

The GPU requires a PSU of 500 watts but, if you intend on OC'ing the CPU (which should be done as it might bottleneck the GPU)
I would go with a 600 watt PSU and Not a Corsair.



Overclocking means you need better air flow to protect it so, a cooler will also be an worthwhile addition.

USA Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2): Electronics

The Antec 902 seems to have enough air flow and should provide enough cooling to the other
Don't know where you are so, two prices from different Countries :


Antec Nine Hundred Two Mid Tower Case - 0-761345-15924-1 -

USA : the 903 V2 is discontinued in the USA but the 900 is a good replacement:

You might also look at the NZXT Guardian :

You have more than enough RAM (memory). This CPU will handle 1866Mhz RAM as well.

As for the GPU , it is a marked improvement over the previous one you mention.
If money is available and if for gaming purposes, a R9 280X might prove a better deal.
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A:Power Supply Needed

EVGA sells the best PSU`s on the planet.

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EVGA - Products - EVGA SuperNOVA 750 P2 Power Supply - 220-P2-0750-X1

But for $20 more get the 850 P2, Mike has one in his Acer.

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A:300w + Power Supply needed for my Dell Dimension 8200...

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A:Help needed upgrading Graphics Card and Power Supply on eMachines Computer


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A:Toshiba Satellite L305-5955 does not respond to power supply, new power jack

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A:Power Supply Wont Power up - Gigabyte ga-ma790fx & AMD Phenom 9850

if I read the specifications right on your mobo... it implies that it has the 4 pin PCI-e input(power) but it also has the 8pin ATX power conector. (it may be simply removing a cap that is actually right next to the 4 pin connector, thus making it an 8 pin connector (thats how it was on my mobo)

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A:Hardware Power Consumption-Picking a new Power Supply

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A:New power supply, no schematic, looking for power fan plug.

There are basically two voltages available to you: 5V and 12V. Doesn't really matter where you get it from - some pin on the mobo or some wire from the PSU.

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A:Computer won't power up after disconnecting power supply

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A:Computer won't power up (poss. power supply)

Does it happen with any other appliances? as in does using the toaster while using the kettle While your mate is in the Electric shower, telly on, or ironing?

Possibly a static build up, it is possible, Wher are you situated??
What voltage are you on?

What is the make and model of your comp? is it the same as your friends?

is your machine custom built or is it a brand?
Answer a few of them and we will try to narrow it down 4 you..

Mean while if you could get your hands on a spare PSU that would be handy. And remember when dealing with PSU's alway leave them to sischarge for at least 24hrs,
the 3 D'S, Disconect, discharge, dismantle.
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A:New Build no power-up: case's power supply or MB?

Well, I figured out the problem.
I am planning to re-do the older mini-itx system I have; it has gotten riddled with Trojan software for kids downloading games; it basically has been de-commissioned already.

So, I took the pico-psu power supply from that older computer, and hooked it up to the one I am making. Everything went perfectly.

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now, everything is great. I like this linkworld case, but the power supply is worthless. I may try to get a few dollars back from the ebay vendor, to make me happy with a case that is less than what I should have gotten, but is working for me; I don't want to wait on returns, etc.
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The charging circuits on the laptop motherboard may be shorted...
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A:extra power leads on power supply?

Sounds like typical extra +5V lead and can be used for any number of things...(riser cards,backplanes,to drive extra slots, etc.)
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A:No power to Power Supply, no lights

Well sounds like your power supply took a power surge. Well to start with i would try a power supply. Now about replacing the power supply cheap is not the best way to go, learned from experience. Here is my recommendation:
And for replacing a PSU not hard. If you need help removing it Post back i will walk you through step by step if need be.
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A:Power supply and mobo are 100%, no power

There are some motherboards that have a power on button directly on the motherboard. I don't suppose you have one of those? There are some BIOS' that can enable the keyboard to power on the PC by pressing any key. I'm using one of them now. Of course, the problem with that is to get the PC started in the first place so you can change the BIOS setting (if it has that setting).

What motherboard do you have?
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A:power supply and power jumper

Disconnect External Power To The Wall Socket Before Messing Around In The Box!!!!!!!!!!!
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A:installed new power supply...still no power!?

Is the LED lit on the MB? Try bypassing the front case switch by putting the blade of a small screwdriver across the pins on the MB that the switch connects to.
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A:Would a 500W power supply power this

Hi QGamez,

I reckon a 500W wouldn't be enough but a 750W may be the right one. I had a look in a few forums and they had 650W & 750W etc but not 500W.

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A:Power Supply or Power Strip?

Check your power management settings (and reinstall software if needed, from the manufacturer website). I've run across many problems with SP2 messing with power management settings...
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A:Power Supply - "The AC power adapter type cannot be determined....."

You are correct, the failure is due toloss of the power supply ID signal. Sometimes this happens because of strain on the plug, which breaks the signal wire. Some even are so severe that the insulation breaks away from the plug; this is due to rough handling. The other cause is one or more of the power socket solder connections to the system board become broken. This also is related to severe handling. I have seen one case where all three power connections and three of four mechanical connections were disconnected. If the power supply is bad, a replacement will cure the problem. If not, then the socket is bad, and this will require a system board replacement. If you are experienced, you can try to resolder the connections. I am experienced and was not able to get my daughter's E6000 to work by resoldered. More recent Dells are using a replacable power connection board which is a much cheaper repair.
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What are the rest of your system specs?

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A:need help in power supply

First of all, what is O/P?

Secondly, about the only part in a power supply that is user replaceable is the fan, unless you are extremely skilled in electronics.

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A:Power supply

Here is a good one:
I've never heard of cooler master PSUs, OCZ makes a good quality power supply. The difference is that the second one is more efficient than the first and has a system where you plug in rails as you go along.
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ATX link :

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I'll appreciate the help.

Also, if I removed a HD from one computer, is it possible that it might not work on another?

A:Power Supply

The reasons a power supply can fail are too numerous to list. It's about like asking why the chicken crossed the road.

For the hard disk question, more specific. Tell us more about the systems, the hard disks and what you are attempting to accomplish.
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Any suggestion.

A:Power Supply

Might be easier and cheaper to change the power supply rather than test the current one...IMO....How old is your system?
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My Specs:

OS:Windows 7 Ultimate x64

CPU: Intel Core I5-3330 3.00 ghz

Motherboard: H61M-A/BR

Memory: DDR3 1333mhz 8GB

Graphics Card: GTX 760

Sound: Onboard

Monitor(s) Displays: Samsumg B1930N

Hard Drives: an old 320GB Samsumg

PSU: Thermaltake Smart 550W

Cooling: 3 Cooling fans

Keyboard: A very cheap one

Mouse: Rappo V2

A:Need help with my power supply

Your graphics card is rated at 170 watts.

I think that Thermaltake is made by Channelwell. I couldn't find a review on it, but I've seen bad reviews for some Thermaltakes.

A 550 watt supply is certainly enough if it's a quality unit. I'd be suspicious of that PSU, but I can't find anything definitive about it.


Here's a review

which has this comment:

Bottom line: a no-nonsense power supply that is capable of powering most mid-range PCs for today and tomorrow.

The Good

Solid performance
Nice cabling
Attractive price

The Bad

Voltage regulation droops at extreme load

Here's another review:


3 Year Warranty
Good voltage regulation
Good modular cables
Relatively quiet
High Efficiency


Disappointing ripple suppression relative to competition
Poor Crossload performance – voltage droop and high ripple
Could benefit from more PCIe connectors
Read page 10 and make your own conclusions.
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----- BeeTz -----

A:My power supply

Hi BeeTz,

What is the full model number of your system? It should then be possible to ascertain the information you require from Home (this is a link to YOUR homepage for Acer).
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A:power supply

One of the top brands in Power Supplies.
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A:Power Supply Help )=

Hmm, I think it's probably a current surge or something. I highly recommend not plugging the PC directly into a wall socket. It can seriously damage the PC if there's a surge. Use a surge protector instead. And yes, u might have fried ur new PSU.
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A:Power Supply

You should be able to use a 250 watt PS to test this unit. The connectors need to be the same. Depending on what you have installed the wattage may be too low to run everything. So you may need to leave the cdrom unplugged or remove some cards.
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A:Power Supply?

Open up the case and look at the big sticker on the side of the psu, it will have voltages, watts,etc.
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are there any tools that i can use to check if the power supply can give 400 watts?

it is a PSU made by ultra

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A:power supply.

i should be getting the PSU soon

$15 seems cheap for a "new" 400 watt PSU thats why i am asking
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A:Do I need a new Power supply?>

I wouldn't get that Antec. I would get one of these: or or (around that price range with MIR counted in) All of them are an inch higher quality than Antec, and offer more power (with same or less socket draw, no bigger electricity bills) and a longer warranty.
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A:Power Supply Getting Hot

Is the case getting dusty?

make sure all the fans you have now are spinning. (Video card, CPU, power supply and case)

Did you build the system? What did you do about thermal paste on the CPU?

If all this clears try another fan
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A:SLi Power supply?

First, you have a problem with your choice of graphics cards. For SLI you have to use Nvidia cards. If you prefer to use ATI graphics cards, you will want Crossfire.

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A:Power Supply

Free online Power Supply calculator:

I'd be interested in other comments too
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A:Bad power supply?

I think your on the right track. One of the most common things to happen is just strange errors with your computer. You may have software glitches, hardware, and any other act's of Satan. Some common symptoms of power supply problems.
Flickering and Dimming Lights
Keyboard or System lock-ups (Don't Blame Windows)
Random Shutdowns and Reboots
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Xenta 800w psu

Arctic Power Pro 850w (modular)

Case that its going into:
Antec DF-85 Full tower



A:Which power supply

Get neither. First do you need 800w? Planning Crossfire or SLI with overclocking? If you need 800w, this one would be best from the options at that site:

If that is too expensive, go for this one:

PSUs are one place you DON'T want to go cheap. Remember all the components in your system are dependent on it. Moreover, it goes beyond power as we normally think of it for equipment. In a PC, the power, precisely stepped down into very fine, minute amounts, is the lifeblood and neurons of the system, carrying millions of bits of data and driving hundreds of thousands of almost simultaneous calculations. You need good, clean power to make it all work. And a PSU that delivers it constantly, hour after hour, day after day, year after year. Billions and billions of calculations all dependent on clean power. In addition a bad power supply can fry the video card and other components.
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CPU Speed-2.99 GHz
RAM- 2.0 GB
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Sound Card- Audio Codecs

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A:Need new power supply?

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Core 0 1.74 1.79 1.71
Core 1 1.23 1.25 1.23
+3.3 3.26 3.3 3.22
+5 4.89 4.93 4.8
+12 11.99 12.27 11.88
-12 -6.43 -3.61 -8.48
-5 0.00 0.00 0.00

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One other curious fact is that it will hapily rip to .WAV format no problems.

Your advice is appreciated


Windows XP Home
AMD 2000+
512MD Mem (2X 256)

A:Power Supply

Ripping to an MP3 or WMA file involves compressing the audio, which is CPU-intensive, ripping to a WAV file doesn't include this step, so I would guess it's the audio compression making your system crash. Seems like your CPU isn't getting enough juice, I'd try a new powersupply in the 400W range.
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A:Power supply..

My comp only comes with 200 Watt power supply ]

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A:power supply

Good morning

What happened the first time that made you change the power supply? What is happening now? Does the light on the motherboard or the fans go on? Or is everything dead? Where did you get the power supply that you put in?
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A:How do I know what power supply to get?

Whatever ATX 2.0 PSU you want. Recommend Thermaltake, Antec, CoolerMaster, Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling.

This one is about $50 for a mid-range PSU. For high end $100 -
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A:power supply

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A:Do I need a better power supply?

YES, with a fast cpu like that, and all the goodies your're throwing in, i would highly recommend a new one, try around 450-500 watts for flexibility. Make sure you dont buy a crappy generic brand either, you wouldn't want to risk frying anything.
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