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DConnor

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So a week ago I decided to go and order the parts for my new computer, I go to school for IT and was looking to get a okay computer for around 600$. Got all the parts in the shopping cart and ordered them. A week later I'm getting a few of them in and starting to wonder if the 500W power supply I got is going to be enough. Just wondering if I can get a second, or third opinion.


Power Supply - http://www.newegg.ca...ntent-_-text-_-
Case - http://www.newegg.ca...ntent-_-text-_-
CPU - http://www.newegg.ca...ntent-_-text-_-
Motherboard - http://www.newegg.ca...ntent-_-text-_-
Graphics Card - http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16814130625
Ram - http://www.newegg.ca...ntent-_-text-_-
HDD - http://www.newegg.ca...ntent-_-text-_-


Thanks

edit: This is my first build outside of school, so its the first time I've actually had to do everything. Just want to make sure it'll work.

Edited by DConnor, 08 September 2012 - 12:00 PM.

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phillpower2

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:welcome: DConnor

Sorry to say this but you would have been better to ask about the build before you ordered any parts, this would have saved you some cash, made you aware of better performing alternative components and most importantly avoided any possible compatibility issues, see my canned text below regarding choosing a compatible CPU and Ram;

For the best and most stable performance you should where possible purchase a CPU and Ram that have been tested and approved by the motherboard manufacturer, this is referred to as the QVL ( qualified vendors list ) understand though that there are too many products released for them all to be tested so other hardware will be compatible but not proven to be.

If you confirm that the MB at the attached link is the one that you have purchased I do not see the chosen CPU on the CPU support list http://www.asus.com/...M_LX_PLUS/#CPUS

Regarding the PSU, after using a PSU calculator I can tell you that a good quality 500W PSU is adequate for the CPU, Ram, video card, HDD + an optical drive which is missing from your list of parts, the efficiency rating of your selected PSU is a concern though as it is only > 70% when you really should be aiming for a minimum of > 80% a better PSU http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16817139027
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Thank you, I was just worried because the video card said that it needs 400W and the processor said it needed 125W, that being over 500W. So you're sure it'll work?
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Yes 500W is fine but like I have said in my reply #2 the > 70% output efficiency is a concern.

Check out the power requirements yourself at the following two links http://images10.newe...tage-Calculator and http://www2.corsair.com/psufinder/
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I was just worried because the video card said that it needs 400W

That 400W figure is for the entire system (and still an overestimate in most cases). You can see here that an overclocked GTX 550 Ti only uses about 140W under full load.

Though, as phillpower2 pointed out, the power supply you selected is of low quality (you really do get what you pay for when it comes to power supplies). If you hadn't already placed the order, I would have told you to get this similarly-priced-but-higher-quality power supply.
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