I recently bought a bunch of desktop parts for my first real build I was on a budget of $300 and I got a ton of help choosing the parts from people on this forum, I couldn't get every part I needed at first because of my budget, I still needed to get more ram, a better more reliable PSU and a better CPU cooler, i've gotten the money now for the PSU and before I got it I wanted to make sure it will work good for my build, the list of parts in my build is below and the PSU I plan on getting is also below, their are two PSU's i'm looking at, i'd prefer to get the EVGA one since it's 80+ certified but i'm not 100% sure which would be better.
Build Parts -- http://pcpartpicker.com/user/DarkDragoon/saved/nr3323
EVGA PSU -- http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-80PLUS-Certified-ATX12V-100-W1-0500-KR/dp/B00H33SFJU/ref=sr_1_78?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1419978396&sr=1-78&keywords=600w
Coolmax PSU -- http://www.rakuten.com/prod/coolmax-vl-600b-atx12v-power-supply-600w/212543559.html?listingId=206049858&sclid=pla_google_CLTComputersInc&adid=29963&gclid=CjwKEAiAt4mlBRDXwt_m9ICU4DcSJAAS_X0WABp97V2eRX-U-06-OHOAdS4ZQkV7EXIDzvE9B4mFeBoCjUvw_wcB#
Either one will have enough power for your system, so I would recommend the EVGA one. The EVGA PSU is 80 plus and I trust the brand more.
I do not think that the Coolmax is a good PSU. Here is why:
- The 12V rails are not very strong, future expansion could be an issue.
- I downloaded the pdf from the manufacturers site and no where does it state that it is any sort of 80+ efficiency. False advertising by the seller.
- User reviews claim that it is largely under-powered and does not support 600W fully. Also, that it died out after only a few months.
- Not even semi-modular. (preference)
I would be very weary of this product. Power is the lifeblood of your computer, if you skimp out on it, you will severely regret it.
Stay away from the coolmas PSU, Too many people recommend it and its a crap product. The EVGA PSU is the best bang for your buck.
Also, I'm not sure if you are planning to expand in the future, so you do not need a 600W with your current build. For just 3$ more you can get a bronze efficiency one http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-80PLUS-Bronze-Certified-100-B1-0500-KR/dp/B00DGHKK7M/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1419980483&sr=1-1&keywords=evga+80+plus+bronze
Thanks for the quick replies, the EVGA one is the one that is 80+ certified not the Coolmax one, thats why I was leaning towards it plus as burdebc said it's a more known brand so that is probably the one i'll get, but again thank you both for the quick feedback.
Another quick question, the EVGA one seems to have gone up in price since I looked at it as things tend to do on amazon so I was looking at this Corsair one from ebay which is manufacturer refurbished, and basically I was wondering if it would be ok to get this one, I typically shy away from anything refurbished but from my understanding manufacturer refurbished supposedly means its tested to the same specifications as a new product, so I would like some feedback on this, heres the link to it
Corsair CX series are great value for money.
I have no experiance with refurbished parts, and im a bit against it. i will look if i can find a decent psu for your build in a minute.
Yea my only concern is this one is manufacturer refurbished, but from what i understand that means its repaired/tested to meet the specifications of a new product so im not 100% sure if that would be ok to get or not, it's also from newegg which i've bought from before and haven't had any problems so that is helping ease my mind a little but I want to get as much feedback as possible before getting it
Corsair CX430m. 80+ bronze, will be wayyy enough for your build.
Yea but my limit is only $40 for a psu unfortunately
Are you sure that 430W will be powerful enough for my build, I'm probably going to have to get that if it is.