Coolermaster vs. Generic PSU for budget build - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > New Systems | Building and Buying
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-21-2013, 06:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 219
Default Coolermaster vs. Generic PSU for budget build

I'm building an i3 3220 machine, H77 motherboard, radeon 7750.

Just wondering if it's worth spending the extra $30 for a 525W CoolerMaster Extreme power supply or if this wouldn't make much difference over getting a generic 450W ($25) for the kind of rig I want to build. Thanks.
__________________

Jake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2013, 06:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
There and Back again
 
Nukem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Posts: 4,403
Default Re: Coolermaster vs. Generic PSU for budget build

I assume you've read the PSU guide in the section, so my suggestion is spend the extra money and get a better quality product than some generic POS. The PSU is what (basically) drives your system if it goes bad or does not completely power your setup, then it's no good. You will also want to make sure that any PSU you buy has the +12v rail power you need for your GPU.
__________________

__________________



Dell 4K S2817Q / Logitech Z-680 / Func MS3 Mouse / Corsair K70 LUX rgb
NZXT Source 530 / i5-7600K / Corsair H100i v2 / ASRock Z270 Extreme4
SM951 M2 256GB / 850 evo 1TB / Seagate 2TB / WD 2TB
2x16GB Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 / evga Classified GTX 980 ti / Seasonic M12II 850W

Nukem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2013, 06:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
Grandfather of Techist

\_(ツ)_/
 
Trotter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: The South
Posts: 31,307
Default Re: Coolermaster vs. Generic PSU for budget build

I would skip CoolerMaster for a PSU. If you need to keep costs down then look at Antec's basic models and FSP Group.
__________________


My Rig: SABLE
Antec 300 Illusion / Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W / ASUS GeForce GTX 960 GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5
AMD FX 8320 x8 Black Edition / Gelid Tranquillo / MSI 970A-G43
Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB / Samsung 840 120GB / WD Black 750GB / WD Green 1TB
2x4GB DDR3 1600 - 2x2GB DDR3 1600
Win10 Ent 64-bit - Mionix Naos 7000 Mouse - CM Storm QuickFire Rapid Mech Keyboard


R.I.P. Danny L. Trotter ... 14 Nov 1945 - 4 Sept 2009
Trotter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2013, 06:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 219
Default Re: Coolermaster vs. Generic PSU for budget build

Yes, I read the PSU guide. It says that for my build a 450W would be sufficient. Maybe I've been lucky, but I've never had a PSU go bad on me. I'm currently using the Radeon 7750 in an HP Compaq P4, running 3 monitors with what I believe is a 350W PSU...no issues yet.

You may be right, I just figured that the whole "Extreme" thing was a marketing gimmick and wouldn't be necessary. I'd be paying more than twice the money for an extra 75 watts.
Jake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2013, 06:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 219
Default Re: Coolermaster vs. Generic PSU for budget build

Quote:
Originally Posted by Trotter View Post
I would skip CoolerMaster for a PSU. If you need to keep costs down then look at Antec's basic models and FSP Group.
I'll look into that, it's just that I don't buy online and the selection in my neck of the woods is limited.
Jake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2013, 07:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
Build Guru
 
PP Mguire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 28,313
Default Re: Coolermaster vs. Generic PSU for budget build

Considering neither will be quality, in that case you are paying for more wattage and a name.

The difference between a quality PSU and non is the parts. Efficiency and overload make a difference, and typically crap units are underrated and can't actually push the amount of watts they are rated for.
A good PSU will hold up for years, will not drop 12v under load, and can actually push more watts than they are rated for. It's not recommended, but it's very possible.
A lower quality PSU will be made of cheap materials that can pop under strain, die for no reason, or not hold up to a mild load for extended periods of time. For instance, I would not try to pull 525w from that Cooler Master for more than 10 minutes or so.
Since the PSU is feeding electricity to very sensitive electronics at all times if it dies it can take your whole computer out at the same time, or if you are playing a game and the 12v voltage drops too low it can fry your video card or CPU.

Hope that gives a little insight to why having a decent PSU makes a big difference.

Since the 7750 only consumes around 45w max you don't have to worry about a high wattage unit as the i3 is only 55w. In theory, a nice 350w unit would be perfectly fine but if you are dropping money on a PSU you might as well make it a little more than you need so you have room to upgrade later on.

If you can afford it, I recommend getting at least this, or a Corsair CX500. Gives you room to breath and you can put something as high as a 660ti or 7870 on it.
SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com

If you can't afford that, then I would at least get this.
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com
__________________
"Resolution is just a number." #Ubisoft
Origin/Steam = PP_Mguire Twitch = pp_mguire Instagram = ppmguire PSN = PP_Mguire

Access to my Plex PM me.
PP Mguire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2013, 08:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
There and Back again
 
Nukem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Posts: 4,403
Default Re: Coolermaster vs. Generic PSU for budget build

+1 to the Seasonic

I have one similar to it:
SeaSonic M12II 750 SS-750AM 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply - Newegg.com

And it's VERY reliable.
__________________



Dell 4K S2817Q / Logitech Z-680 / Func MS3 Mouse / Corsair K70 LUX rgb
NZXT Source 530 / i5-7600K / Corsair H100i v2 / ASRock Z270 Extreme4
SM951 M2 256GB / 850 evo 1TB / Seagate 2TB / WD 2TB
2x16GB Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 / evga Classified GTX 980 ti / Seasonic M12II 850W

Nukem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2013, 07:01 AM   #8 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: USA-Canada
Posts: 18
Default Re: Coolermaster vs. Generic PSU for budget build

Avoiding the low-end power-supplies means, for me, avoiding a soon-to-occur reinstallation and spending ALL of the new money for that more expensive 'shoulda bought in first place' power supply.

Think about it like this - "I spend $35 and not $70... but then I have to spend $70 eventually so, instead of $70 originally, I've now spent $105..."

And you've risked other parts AND spent a frustrating time doing the re-install in a now tightly packed case. How do those backs of your knuckles heal up? I'll end up looking like some old boxer in a few more years...
__________________

ChristineBCW is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:13 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.