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    Hi there,

    I'm looking for a PSU for the following PC:

    AMD A6-3670k
    1X 8 GB DDR3 RAM
    2x HDD
    gforce 9800 GT

    will look into upgrading the graphics card at some point, but it's not really an emergency for now. Would a decent 450-500 w PSU be enough? I used one of those calculators and it said I need about 350 w at any given time for this.

    Thanks a lot

  • #2
    A decent branded, quality unit such as a Corsair or BeQuiet! for example would be fine for this system. Something in the region of 400 to 500w would be sufficient for most GPU upgrades in the future.
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    • #3
      Thanks. What about cheaper PSUs, like Thermaltake or something?

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      • #4
        Thermaltake aren't (or weren't at least) a cheap brand and there's nothing wrong with them. I've definitely become a fan of Corsair though.
        ASUS Crosshair VI Hero | AMD Ryzen R7 1700 @ 3.95 GHz | be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 | G.SKILL TridentZ RGB 2x8GB @ 3333 MHz C14 | ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1080 OC | Samsung SM951 256GB NVMe + 2x Samsung 850 EVO 250GB in RAID0 | EVGA SuperNOVA G3 850w | be quiet! Pure Base 600 Tempered Glass | CM Masterkeys Pro L | Logitech G502 | Logitech G920 | ASUS ZenBook UX305F

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        • #5
          Corsair is also the most expensive one from what I see (and for good reason, no doubt about that). Still, if I can save 20-30 quid and go for a less stellar brand, I'd be happy. What's your take on Zalman or Cooler Master?

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          • #6
            Out of interest why only the single stick of RAM?

            As for Coolermaster PSUs, theyre fine, had mine a good few years now and its still quiet and running fine

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            • #7
              Single stick: I found a good offer for an 8 GB stick and I went for it. I'm not very savvy, are there stability issues with 8 GB sticks?
              Yeah, Coolermaster seems a decent inbetween solution, as it's cheaper than corsair, but clearly above the alpin/ace black bunch. have any thoughts on CIT power supplies? Or like a dude said on some forum, "it's a piece of cit"

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              • #8
                There are no stability issues with single sticks of RAM. It's just that a dual channel configuration (two sticks) allow for more bandwidth which makes things quicker but it isn't a requirement.

                It's exactly what that guy on the other forum said. Stay away. For a guideline, stick to a 10 per 100w figure. That is an easy way to gauge performance and reliability and so on.
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                • #9
                  Your comment on bandwidth got me thinking and so I read about it a bit. So let's say that for basic stuff like browsing/reading PDFs/Office it would be quite smooth with 1 X 8 GB, but during a game it might stutter because the load can't be shared by two sticks? Even if that game would never require 8 GB in the first place. And if so, do I have to match the first stick (capacity, frequency, maker etc.) to have the RAM working properly? Or I can just throw in a 1 GB stick? Even so, 8-9 GB of RAM sounds so overly exuberant for my needs Sorry for the off topic.

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                  • #10
                    No they need to match, pretty much identically. Infact, I were adding a second for dual channel I would be temped just to buy new ram, unless you can find pretty much the exact same as your current one.
                    GIVE PEAS A CHANCE

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                    • #11
                      Thanks BUDFORCE, I think I'm in luck, the kit is actually 2 x 4 GB, not 1 x 8, so I should be just fine. Getting back to PSUs, Xigmantek or Cooler Master? What do you guys think? They're roughly the same price and generally get decent reviews.

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