Jul 11, 2012
This is my first time building a Gaming PC and need some help with the psu

ASUS M5A97 AMD 9 Series Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X6 1045T CPU

Corsair 4GB DDR3 (1333 Mhz) RAM

EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti SuperClocked (1GB) Video Card

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB Hard Drive

Lite-On Internal DVD Writer Optical Drive

Will 460w be enough? the model is a Cooler Master Elite Series 460 Watts

its just about at its max...
140w for the cpu.
20w for the ram
120w for the gfx
40 for the rom burner.
20 for the hdd.
5-10w per fan...
20+w for the motherboard if your overclocking the cpu if not then 5-10
yeah your very close... to close i would say... consider swapping to a 550w minimum.
Cooler Master isn't well know for their PSU, however, they do have some gems. This is not one of them. If you have the option I would upgrade to a solid 500W. However, yes that PSU will work fine with your build you just don't have much room to grow with it. If you upgrade your graphics card you really don't have much headroom.

Your power supply is the single item you should NEVER cheap on. It powers all your components and if it doesn't have certain power protections it would take out multiple components if it experiences a failure. I'd see this happen first hand a few times and you don't want that. If you are in the US I would recommend the below. The Antec Earthwatt 500W is my go to PSU for entry level builds. Newegg has $15 off right now for the 500 and 650w versions. The 650w also has a $10 MIR which makes them both $55 in the end. The 500w alone is enough to power a system with most video cards.