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    Default Raidmax power supply

    Is there a general list of what cheap power supply is good for the average builder, I see there are reviews for specific supplies in the review section. But when i go through the questions here i see sometimes cosrair isn't as good a a gigabyte unit, so i'm a little confused as what to look for.

    The main components of the system I plan to build is:
    MSI B450 Tomahawk Max
    AMD 1600AF plan to overclock to 4.0Ghz with stock wraith stealth cooler (or if temps don't allow to a Zalman CNPS 9700 NT)
    XFX - THICC II Pro AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB
    Team T-Force DARK Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600)
    XPG NVme 512GB drive
    case is an old random unit with 5 fans

    I have a Corsair HX520W but i only have 1 6-pin pcie cable with it, but the GPU required an 8 pin so I was thinking of using a 6 to 8 pin adapter
    https://www.newegg.com/corsair-hx-se...82E16817139001

    I did notice that there was a sale on a raidmax at newegg, but was wondering if anyone know if this unit was reliable or should i just keep the corsair and use the 6 to 8 pin adaptor:
    https://www.newegg.com/raidmax-hybri...803-_-04042020

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctlesh View Post
    Is there a general list of what cheap power supply is good for the average builder, I see there are reviews for specific supplies in the review section. But when i go through the questions here i see sometimes cosrair isn't as good a a gigabyte unit, so i'm a little confused as what to look for.
    No there isn't such a list. Well there are actually, but those lists are really bad and should be avoided. They won't actually help, but will only confuse you more. There is actually only one way and that is to know the performance and quality of every power supply available for you.

    The main components of the system I plan to build is:
    MSI B450 Tomahawk Max
    AMD 1600AF plan to overclock to 4.0Ghz with stock wraith stealth cooler (or if temps don't allow to a Zalman CNPS 9700 NT)
    XFX - THICC II Pro AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB
    Team T-Force DARK Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600)
    XPG NVme 512GB drive
    case is an old random unit with 5 fans

    I have a Corsair HX520W but i only have 1 6-pin pcie cable with it, but the GPU required an 8 pin so I was thinking of using a 6 to 8 pin adapter
    https://www.newegg.com/corsair-hx-se...82E16817139001

    I did notice that there was a sale on a raidmax at newegg, but was wondering if anyone know if this unit was reliable or should i just keep the corsair and use the 6 to 8 pin adaptor:
    https://www.newegg.com/raidmax-hybri...803-_-04042020
    The Raidmax is bad and your Corsair is a bit old. A new one is a good idea. Corsair CX450 for example.
    https://www.newegg.com/corsair-cx-se...82E16817139201

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    Quote Originally Posted by -The_Mask- View Post
    No there isn't such a list. Well there are actually, but those lists are really bad and should be avoided. They won't actually help, but will only confuse you more. There is actually only one way and that is to know the performance and quality of every power supply available for you.
    Ahh; I see, thanks; I guess that's why we come to the experts

    Quote Originally Posted by -The_Mask- View Post
    The Raidmax is bad and your Corsair is a bit old. A new one is a good idea. Corsair CX450 for example.
    https://www.newegg.com/corsair-cx-se...82E16817139201
    Sounds reasonable; thanks!
    I noticed they had a semi-modular version for a little more
    https://www.newegg.com/corsair-cx-se...82E16817139146

    Is it made the same way or are modular units built in a different way that requires different considerations? ie I was trying to figure out what this means "+3.3V@20A, +5V@20A, +12V@37.4A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@3A"

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctlesh View Post
    Ahh; I see, thanks; I guess that's why we come to the experts



    Sounds reasonable; thanks!
    I noticed they had a semi-modular version for a little more
    https://www.newegg.com/corsair-cx-se...82E16817139146

    Is it made the same way or are modular units built in a different way that requires different considerations? ie I was trying to figure out what this means "+3.3V@20A, +5V@20A, +12V@37.4A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@3A"
    The topology of the non-modular unit is actually more robust than the modular version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Gerow View Post
    The topology of the non-modular unit is actually more robust than the modular version.
    Oh interesting,
    btw since the Corsair cx450 is good,
    https://www.newegg.com/corsair-cx-se...82E16817139201

    can I assume the two below works as well:?

    EVGA 450 BR 100-BR-0450-K1
    https://www.newegg.com/evga-450-br-1...82E16817438144

    Antec NeoECO 550C NE550C 550W
    https://www.newegg.com/antec-neoeco-...82E16817371124

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctlesh View Post
    Oh interesting,
    can I assume the two below works as well:?
    Nope. Definitely not.

    Note how the Antec only has 504W on the +12V rail.

    At least the EVGA has DC to DC on the +3.3V and +5V rails.

    But why test the waters with the unknown? CX450 is pretty well known to be a good PSU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Gerow View Post
    Nope. Definitely not.

    Note how the Antec only has 504W on the +12V rail.

    At least the EVGA has DC to DC on the +3.3V and +5V rails.

    But why test the waters with the unknown? CX450 is pretty well known to be a good PSU.
    Ahh I c; thanks for the information. not sure if you mentioned this in a guide before, but why is that important, and is there somewhere I could look to understand all of this better?

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