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500w psu enough?

donkon

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ok my friend upgraded his computer to a q6600, 8800 gtx, p5k mobo, dvdr, 1tb hdd. Anyway he bought a 500w psu, which i thought was enough to hold those components, but on initial powerup, the lights flashed for 1 second and the psu just died. At first i thought something maybe disconnected inside but no, i tried the green to black wire trick and the psu won't start.. Is 500w enough? If not whats an affordable psu, he paid $60 for this one, the most he can spend is $70, which is already pushing it.
 

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What brand is this 500W?

Brand means everything, if it's not a well built PSU, then no it won't work. However a well built 500W should be able to power that fine.
 

SneakySnake

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What brand is this 500W?

Brand means everything, if it's not a well built PSU, then no it won't work. However a well built 500W should be able to power that fine.

agreed

My Corsair VX 450 Watt will power pretty much any Core 2 Duo/Quad with single GPU setup. It has powered an E8400 @ 3.6 with GTX 260, an E2160 @ 3.2 GHz with GTX 260/4870 1 GB, Q9450 @ 3.8 GHz with GTX 260, and finally the rig in my sig (although I retired it now and purchased a TX 750, I'm planning on an xfire setup when the 5xxx comes out)
 

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I concur with everyone else that a 500W should have no problem powering that setup. Go with a Corsair, OCZ, PPC&C, Seasonic, or even maybe an Antec, depending on the model.
 

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