R9 290 build and Thermaltake power supplies

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  1. Red095

    Red095 New Member

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    I recently made a number of upgrades to my PC including the video card, processor, and motherboard. About a year ago, I bought the Thermaltake SMART SP 650W 80+ Bronze PSU with my R9 270X.

    I have since upgraded to a Sapphire R9 290 Tri X OC and am starting to wonder if my brand of power supply is good for my system (I have heard Thermaltake is not a good quality brand like Seasonic, EVGA, Corsair, and XFX).

    My Specs:
    Processor- Intel Core i5 4690K @ 3.5GHz (usually sits at 3.8GHz/3.9GHz boost)
    CPU Cooler- Cooler Master Hyper T4
    Motherboard- Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3-BK
    Video Card- Sapphire R9 290 Tri X OC @ Stock speeds
    Ram-16GB G.Skill Ripjaws Z @ 1600MHz
    Storage- 1TB WD Blue 7200RPM HDD
    PSU- Thermaltake SMART SP 650W Standard 80+ Bronze
    Case- Corsair Carbide SPEC 02
    Extra case fans- 2x Corsair AF120 Performance edition (front intake and rear exhaust) and 2x Antec True Quiet 120mm (bottom intake and top exhaust).

    Most PSU calculators show that 650W is sufficient for a build like mine, but is my power supply a quality product or will I experience hardware failure due to cheap parts? If I do need to switch my power supply, what is a good choice?
     
  2. red6joker

    red6joker Master Guru

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    650w seems a little under powering to me. I would have gotten an 850w atleast for a rig like that. If you have problems with the computer turning off and/or restarting then you do need to get a new psu. If it runs alright for whatever you use it for then by all means stick with what you have.
     
  3. Red095

    Red095 New Member

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    I have experienced my system shutting down once, but that was with my 270X and i5 3350p (before all of these upgrades). I have not had much time to play games lately, but my system did not have any issues during/after a 1 1/2 hour session of Alien Isolation.
     
  4. IcE

    IcE Don Snow Staff Member

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    Not entirely accurate. 650W is more than enough for that system. The Thermaltake SMART line is also a decent line. Pretty sure Channel Well builds those units. Nothing wrong with them. If you experience more strange shutdowns, then I would replace it. Otherwise it will suit you just fine. The shutdown you had with your old hardware could have been motherboard related if it hasn't come back.
     

  5. Red095

    Red095 New Member

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    I bought this PSU after many shut downs with a Coolmax 600w. Really, I just needed a good PSU that just works and did not care about zero fan technology or other features. I have just heard bad stories about the SMART series (also being in the tier 4 chart) that made me question whether or not I should continue to use it.

    So this is fine for a non overclocked non overvolted system? I'm not playing games like Crysis 3 that would draw a lot of power.
     
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  6. red6joker

    red6joker Master Guru

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    I read up some more on the that specific kind of power supply and I am more inclined to agree with IcE. You should be fine especially if you dont overclock.
     
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    IcE Don Snow Staff Member

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    Coolmax is a horrible brand. I'm glad you changed that out. With that said, you WILL be fine. Especially since you don't overclock.
     

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