I need PSU for my i3 build, recommendations?


May 5, 2012
This is my build.

I am currently in the process of building a day trading computer.

I am about to order a PSU and I need some recommendations.
I want to go with a reputable brand, but since this is a budget build, I am not looking to spend $100 lol, I guess my max price is $40? Thanks for all help!

Rosewill Challenger Mid ATX Tower (3 case fans)
Asus P8H61-M Motherboard
Intel Core i3-2120 (3.3GHz)
G.Skill Ripjaws DDR-1600 (2x4GB)
Asus 24x DVD Drive
LG 22x DVD Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB @ 7200RPM
Two Acer or LG Widescreen LCD Dual Display (22/23")
The Seasonic is much better quality than the Thermaltake, especially that one.
You specs are very low power
With a video card like a GTS 450 ( 106 watt rated max power ) you wouldn't be much over 50% load on a 300 watt psu, when running a power virus like Furmark
I've built many similar systems, 180 watt AC draw with the GTS450, you won't need anywhere near a 550w
With my GTX570 power draw was only 300 watts from the wall

You do know that the CX430 is a CWT build right ?
And that the Thermaltake that was mentioned is also a CWT build ?, though not quite up to snuff

Edit , my bad that TT is an HEC, even worse

Depends on the card.
The Seasonic doesn't have a 6 pin connector, most cards that need one come with an adapter, even with a card rated as high as the GTS450 I mentioned the Seasonic would be more than enough


May 5, 2012
I am ordering the Seasonic now...thanks for all your help.
What should I do with my Logisys 550W lol?
I've never returned anything to newegg...would it be better to just keep it as backup or something?

And what HDD would you recommend, I'll only need 250 GB max and don't want to spend a lot for a HDD. But also want to go with reputable brand.

I'd give the same response that you got from abekl in the other thread