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Old August 29, 2011, 03:12 PM
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A quality PSU pays for itself. Never spent over $30 for a PSU til I got a Corsair 650HX series. And from it I fell in love with the modular PSU so it helps greatly in cable routing.
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Old August 29, 2011, 03:25 PM
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Try this one: onSale | Corsair Memory Builder Series - Power supply ( internal ) - active PFC CMPSU-600CXV2

$69.99 but I am not sure what you have left for your budget from the Onsale site.
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Old August 29, 2011, 05:00 PM
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Is the APEX AL-D500EXP 500W any good?
no. There are very few quality PSU on that site. Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, some Antec (few others out there, but those come to mind at decent prices)...like dangtx said. Those are the way to go.
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They took $200 off of my credit for no reason, so I spent the remaining $70 on the Coolermaster HAF 912 case. My plan is to now buy the APEX power supply, the 8 gigs of ram, the i3, and the MOBO from earlier, take an old hard drive and disc drive, and use the i3's integrated graphics for now, until I can afford a video card, which will probably be the 6850. Anybody have a better recommendation? You've all been quite helpful so far.
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Old August 29, 2011, 08:52 PM
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I am a little leery of that psu you are looking at. One is it is only 65% efficient at full load so its a power pig and produces a lot of excess waste heat. Second it is 500w maximum, not a continuous 500w. So when you get that video card you will definitely have to upgrade this anyways. Third, if it doesn't give you clean power then it could kill other parts on you.

Not trying to discourage you, just trying to save you trouble later on. Maybe try and squeeze a few extra dollars for this one Newegg.com - Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply or maybe Newegg.com - CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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Old August 29, 2011, 09:02 PM
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My plan is to now buy the APEX power supply
Don't do it if you want to keep your rig for more than 30 seconds!

Allied AL-D500EXP 500W power supply review Review
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It blew up. Literally. It couldn't do better than a good 350W, and the OCP didn't stop it from dying.
Assuming you're buying from newegg.COM, I suggest these in the same price range that won't explode.
Newegg.com - SILVERSTONE SST-ST40F-ES 400W ATX 12V 2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Other suggestions would be from the Antec HCG series or maybe the Earthwatts series if you can't afford an HCG, or any Seasonic with the connections that you need, such as the S-12 series. Don't believe misinformed suggestions that for some reason you need a PSU that says 500W on it for gaming.

Since you're running an i3, that will not draw more than 75W, and add 150W MAX on the Radeon 6850 (with one PCI-E connector you can't draw more than 150W max without exceeding the capacity of your wiring). Add hard drives, and your computer will barely draw 230W on stress tests. My Core i5 2500k + GTX 550 Ti both overclocked only draw 230W according to my BluePlanet meter, so you'll be less than that.
A *good* 350W power supply that has the needed connectors will do fine for your i3 + 6850 combination.
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don't get a dual core, get a quad
you'll be much happier for longer with it
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don't get a dual core, get a quad
you'll be much happier for longer with it
I'm getting the dual until I can afford the upgrade, until then, it will suffice.
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There's a huge newegg sale right now, and I think I'm going to take advantage of it. The OCZ ModXtream 600w is $50 instead of $119, the XFX Radeon 6870 is only $154, and the 8gb (2x4gb) Ripjaw 1333 memory is only $55. Anybody have any input before I buy all three of these items?
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Old August 30, 2011, 09:57 AM
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There are some members of the forums here who will tell you stay away from OCZ power supplies due to reliability issues.
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