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Which graphics card are you wanting to install? It's certainly possible, but most likely you'll need to install a new power supply as well.
Get something name brand and around 500W and your graphics card will work fine. [link]
here's a good one I found. I personally have a power supply from evga so I can vouch for them.
When actually buying, make sure it comes with 2 4GB sticks together in one kit, but you prob know that, just making sure.
Even cheaper psu that is good.
Build is pretty good.
On PCPP it came to 433 and on Extreme it came to 434. I was planning on buying this PSU anyways for the PCIe power connectors.
Very good sir.
You can save some money with 1600Mz ram, as the speed doesn't help so much with gaming ($10 cheaper), and you can get the psu linked below for half the price of the one you selected. Also you won't need the LAN card, as the mobo has a LAN port built in.
This would work just fine [link]
regularly goes on sale for 40$ with prime shipping.
The 430 might even work out for you.
THis parts list looks overall fairly good, however I'd probably biter the bullet and get this PSU, as a cheaper 400 watt with no 80plus certification does not strike me as good enough for a 280.
I wouldn't use any adapters to power a GPU, those things are usually added in as an afterthought and pose a potential fire hazard.
If all you need out of PSU is a 6+2 pin PCIE power cord then you should look at something like this for $45.
Your PSU is not something you should skimp out on too much. Make sure it's from a reputable manufacturer.
One thing, please get a different PSU I have never in my life heard of Chieftec and i doubt many people have. Get a well know PSU make. The only person I know who didnt buy a well know PSU make is the one who now has a smouldered PC . Apart from that very nice build and cable management
EVGA 500 for 45$
Yo is this evga one good enough?
Does it have the Japanese capacitors? I'm asking because I need to free up some money for the build and I cannot afford the sea sonic one. [link]
and this? alchemy compatible too?
My motherboard is an asus but im not sure on the model. Is there a way to check on my computer or do i just have to open it?
Your correct, i have a prebuilt power supply and i am aware that i need to upgrade that before anything else. I heard that you only need a 500 watt psu for it.
Thats the power supply i was planning on getting, do you think that would be fine or do you have a better psu in mind?
Thanks for the response!
This will power that build, yeah, but it would put you pretty close to the max output at load (maybe about 80-90%). So it could work. But personally I think $20 or extra for a gold-rated 550w power supply might be a better long-term investment. It would be quieter/more efficient, last longer, and you would still have spare power if you upgraded any parts. If you keep an eye out there are lots of power supply sales.
edit: also, if modularity isn't important, EVGA is a solid brand and don't have to deal with a mail-in-rebate: [link]
So I was browsing around on amazon and found this PSU, it seems like it would still work, a bit smaller and cheaper so I'd save some money which is always nice.
Not sure on the specifics on my current one because it was just a random one I got off an old computer. Just a stock that comes with Dell I guess.
Here is the 500W I was looking at though.
To think, he was actually going to just let me borrow it. A true pcmr brother.
While I'm thinking about it though, Any psu recommendations? I was looking at a 500w evga for $40. I think it's 42a on a single 12v rail. Whatever that means.
I was looking for modular stuff, but I'm not finding anything under $60 which is my max.
if you're really penny pinching you likely wont need the aftermarket cooler for your CPU because your i5 isn't overclockable, it comes with a stock cooler
your PSU could also be downgraded a lot to something like this to save yourself another 30 bucks -- the i5 and 750 ti wont draw much power at all
I appreciate the advice, though was doing some hunting and this MOBO sort of jumped out to me as appearing very good, thoughts?
I actually just made a post about getting a cheaper PSU! Does this appear to be a good option?
But you might want to consider not getting a Z97. Try to find a better deal on something else. You don't need it but if you can't it's fine to keep it cause it is a nice deal.
GPU will be suffice for what you want it for. Good price too.
Maybe this PSU to save 10 bucks.
There are little things that you can do to save a little here and there, but other than that you're good.
well she has $90 so far lol but she is trying to save up to $150. i saw used 280x on here for around 125 so hopefully i can catch one. and for the psu i was thinking this one:
With a quick amazon search Im seeing [link]
My budgets not super tight Im looking at maybe 150-200 for GPU PSU possibly ram upgrade
That's good to hear, thank you!
The PSU I was looking at was this one, but I'm not sure if it will work or not.
I don't intend to run games at 4K, 120 FPS and everything on Ultra. Most of the stuff I play currently is not very demanding (I think) and If I were to buy games that were a more demanding I would not have a problem tuning their settings down a bit. Thing is that what I currently have struggles to play Rocket League at more than 20 FPS, with everything at the lowest it can be, so it seems way overdue for an upgrade.
As for price, I'm not sure. I don't way to say as low as it can get because I want to actually notice a change, but I don't want to spend $600 on a GPU (at least not right now, I'm sure I may, down the line). I think $200 max would be fine, ideally around $150.
Would this be a suitable Power Supply?: [link]
I don't think it is on pcpartpicker's database. How is it different from the one you suggested?
I'm willing to stretch my budget a little bit, nothing too drastic though. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention I also have this power supply laying around unopened if that helps.
And most importantly, thank you for your help! I really appreciate it.
I'll be doing some modifications to the box so it uses EVGA 500W Instead of the default. Also I did some research and most Graphics Card wont be able to fit inside so i'll be opening the casing so any graphics card can fit.
Is that one any good?
Now I am currently looking a new PSU, would [link] this be fine, or is this not a good one.
The short gigabyte model would probably fit the best in your case. You might run into a power supply problem wherein your current PSU doesn't have an available 6 pin cable. You should check that you have that 6 pin cable before going any further as nearly all GPUs are going to need at least that. If you don't have the 6 pin cable then you are going to have to buy a GPU that doesn't use one(will probably be a low end gtx 950 or a gtx 750ti), or buy a power supply that does have an available 6 pin(most name brand PSUs do have a 6 pin for GPU). If you do decide to upgrade your PSU along with your GPU, a pretty common upgrade pairing because of the power requirements from modern GPUs, then an 80 PLUS certified model from evga would work very well([link]). You can usually find a good PSU on sale for $35-40 on r/buildapcsales, and getting rid of the stock PSU from your current computer is a good idea by itself. Sorry about adding more things and making your simple question more complex but I feel that it's best if you know all the information and can then make an informed decision.
that 500 watt should be plenty for you right now, even up to a gtx 1080 if you go that route
evga is a good brand. I'm not a stickler for brand loyalty, but I've had no problems with various evga psus in any build I've done.
Thanks for the speedy reply dude. Love the analogy. I still have a remaining 12gb of unfried Ram so Could I still use that? Also would a PSU like this work fine? The cost is significantly less is why I am wondering.
Lastly, I don't just play CSGO haha, although I do play way too much of it. I also play a bunch of normal games like Overwatch and the total war franchise. Do I have any options for a low cost GPU that would be able to run those games at mid to high at 60fps? Could I reuse my GPU from my burnt computer, because I don't think it was affected, and was sort of running those games. it was an AMD Radeon HD 5870.
Thanks again for the quick response though. Appreciate it.
unless you plan on adding a pretty beefy gpu sometime, a 650w psu is overkill.
even if you added one of the new 1080s, a 550 should be more than adequate.
are you going to be using the integrated graphics?
if so, I'd recommend at most a 450. If you plan on upgrading later, just for future proofing, I'd jump to a 550.
that should more than suit your needs. if you want to bump it up, on that same page you can get the 500.
From my other post on /r/pcmasterrace, it seems the big issue was the power supply. It was recommended that I potentially step it up to a 500W PSU. Hopefully everything else would be okay!
I take you mean this?
If so, I'd replace it. It's fine for lower-end builds but it's not too good of an idea to throw such a demanding card at it - cheaper PSUs that are considered 'decent' are fine up until you reach the part where you'll be running it on heavy loads, at that point you'll want to replace it.
Posted this in another comment, this is apparently the best selling PSU on Amazon. Would I be able to throw this in there? Obviously I'll have to run over there and make sure it would fit.
Thanks for the reply!
I wanted the links to go straight to Amazon, but I realize now that it's just 1 more click through PCPartPicker. I plan to use PCPartPicker for formatting form now on!
I don't have any attachments to the specs here, I will take your suggestion for the CPU and MOBO (will I need a fan for CPU?)
I was trying to match form factors and sizes with PSU and cases, with this information I'll be sure not to limit my options. I will likely find a PSU that has prime to get everything at the same time and save on shipping. e.g. EVGA 100-W1-0500-KR
I will be connecting the computer via ethernet cable.
Thanks for the suggestion. How is this PSU? [link]
That is the one I planned to use originally and most likely still will.
> I noticed you mentioned that before I should have been paying more attention.
Don't worry about that! You're bringing a lot of help, and I appreciate that a lot. You didn't have to, so no need to apologize :)
I decided to buy this one [link]
PSU? God you could probably pick up an EVGA 500w for around $40 and it would do you fine. With a decent cooler the FX-8350 can OC to 4.6GHz fairly easy. You'll be all right with that for going with AMD.
[link] should work for you.
What's a really good 500w PSU? I have a 700w PSU currently but I really don't need that much. I was looking at the EVGA W1 and was wondering if that might be a good one.
I'm using this one.
You can see what people mean about the hard drive mounts. I wouldn't be able to attach it without mashing my cables in.
95 watt cpu, plus a 65-85 watt gpu, plus 25 watts for HDD and ODD, 25 watts for fans, 30 watts for mobo, 15 for ram. That's roughly a max of 300-350 watts under load. But none the less the PSU sucks, if you really want to be safe save the extra $25 for the 950 and grab a 750ti instead, spend the money you saved on this
That's a high quality PSU with a single 12v rail that gives you some extra power growth for future upgrades, if there is one area of a PC YOU NEVER go cheap or crappy on it's the PSU, NEVER, spend the money keep your other parts safe with clean power and keep your home safe(er) from fires.
Here is the post for archival purposes:
>Will this power supply work with the antminer s3?
Most economical way to approach this is to buy a new PSU off of Amazon or Newegg. If it doesn't work, you can return it and assume the issue is with your motherboard or CPU if it is not POSTing (making any beeps or POST diagnostic lights)
500W should be fine at $36
Dang, I appreciate your concern, I wasn't aware of the risks. I think I'll take your advice and upgrade to a 500w?
I purchased a 750w gold corsair in around 2008 for $120. It served me well. Decided to go cheaper this time and got an EVGA 500 W1, 80+ WHITE 500W, 3 Year Warranty, Power Supply 100-W1-0500-KR [link] been running fine now for almost 3 years.
Edit: do not plan on overclocking on it. Would definitely get something better.
Alright, how's this one? EVGA 500 W1, 80+ WHITE 500W ($49.99 @ amazon)
I chose the 400W before cause pcpartpicker said this build needs 300W.
Hello thank you for responding as i said i was using the on-screen display to monitor my cpu. my CPU temps were around 75 to 85 under load and similar with my GPU. that is a little hot but it is summer in Australia right now. heres the link to my power supply: [link]
That's alright, it's much appreciated.
Would this be an ok compromise?
I'm trying to get everything through prime and the one you've listed isn't available on it but the one I've linked is.
Is there a lot of difference?
An EVGA 80+ 500W power supply for $40. Not quite the savings I initially quoted ($13 savings), but it's still a significant fraction of the price.
Sure. It seems to have just 3 reviews so take a calculated guess of whether those reviews are real. I just realised that you could also use a computer ATX supply as well. They have a 5V rail that can supply much higher currents (upto 20A or so). Maybe something like this. This would serve this project and a couple of others as well since it has a 12V and 3.3V rail. It is more expensive but these supplies are tough as nails and very reliable. Also the 60mA seems to be the maximum current. The LED would still give ample amount of light for as low as 30mA but its best to have a supply rated more than what the strip can consume.
Probably not, you can get this EVGA 500W for a couple of dollars more, used the exact same one for several years no problem.
As I said before, buying a new power supply does not have to be expensive:
For the GPU, my preference would be an older GPU that is still able to do 1080p reasonably well and still gets driver updates.
The AMD Radeon HD 7850 is a first generation GCN card, so it is still receiving driver updates today despite being nearly 5 years old now.
Looking around eBay, it seems to cost around $70. Are you looking to spend more or less than that?
I personally would never buy used or refurbished power supplies. There is no telling what kind of abuse the previous owner put it through.
It's not even like a basic, reliable power supply is expensive:
Obviously, the power supply I linked won't work for everyone, but it's good enough for most basic 1 CPU, 1 GPU builds.
If you're overclocking, or running dual 1080 Tis, then suck it up and spend more money on a top tier power supply.
Assuming I go with the GTX 1060 3gb as suggested in a different comment, how would this PSU be?
Ya the one i have now came with the prebuilt. Do you know how i can make sure the one i get is going to work with my setup? I have one in mind... EVGA 500 W1, 80+ WHITE 500W, 3 Year Warranty, Power Supply 100-W1-0500-KR
Any thoughts on that one?
Hey bud, I took a look at your computer and the internal PSU, as far as I could find all the information online. You'll want another PSU like this one here. It's inexpensive and it's the current one I have in my build, works very well. Less than $35 too, so if you're trying to stay under a budget of $300 then you still have over $250 for a graphics card.
If you decide to go down that route, and get, say, an RX570, you'll be looking at a total cost of ~$240. You'll have to remove your old power supply and all it's wiring, install the now power supply, and re-route the new power supply's cables to all your components. It's not hard to do, it's pretty much plug-and-play once you identify which wires go where. With that and the new graphics card, you'll be good to go.
OR, if you decide you'd rather go the 1050ti route, all you'll have to do is plug in the new graphics card and presto, you're done. No need to mess with power stuff. And you're only in $120.
Hope that all helps!
No I'm saying the PSU only uses 250w which is EXTREMELY bad because the brand of that PSU is complete garbage. You need a respectable brand PSU in there or else a fire can occur. You need something with 400+
Any 500w evga psu or 500w Corsair should be good.
Prebuilt machines are almost always specifically manufactured to only have the parts/specs/connections necessary to run the parts it comes with. The fact that your motherboard has a PCIE slot probably means that there was an "upgraded" package for your system with a better video card, OR the video card it came with did not require additional power; like the 750ti, and 950s
That being said, yes you DO need another power supply... luckily though you can get some pretty cheap ones that are more than "good enough" for your system. THIS one is $35, and should do just fine.
Another PSU question: Recommended power supply for 1 Sapphire PULSE AMD Radeon RX 580 4G GDDR5 and 1 SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon RX 470 DirectX 12 100407NT4GOCL 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5? TIA and happy Friday!
was looking at this on Amazon: [link]
You only need 295 W and thats with everything you said and 4 120 case fans. This thing would do you good: [link]
first off do not attempt to fix a psu. if its broken its broken. if you start tearing apart a psu it can kill you.
dont buy that psu it just sounds janky.
just buy this, its $40 and if you have amazon prime you get free 1 day shipping
ya it would wreak your laptop for the GPU to run off of it so you would need a power supply to power the GPU only in very rare cases would the GPU run of your laptop's power and not wreak the thing.
(ex: [link] or a smaller one IF you only need a small amount of power to run the card)
i would recommend getting a 500w evga psu and buying a gtx 970 used off ebay
im actually using this psu and its very good for its price
btw what country are you in?
This, more than enough power for my needs. You could pay more for a modular PSU if you don't have enough real estate but this has done its job just fine.
You may want more than a layman's opinion, but so far so good.