[SOLVED] Need help choosing PSU

Lesle87

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Using PC for web browsing, Plex Media Server and very light gaming.
Running PC 24/7


POWER SUPPLY - ????

CASE - CORSAIR CARBIDE 100R

CPU - RYZEN 5 1600

MOBO - PRIME X470-PRO

GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC

RAM - G.SKILL 8GB 2X4 DDR4 3200

COOLER - STOCK WRAITH COOLER

SSD - 860 EVO 500GB

EXTERNAL HDD#1- EASY STORE 10TB

EXTERNAL HDD#2- MY BOOK 8TB

EXTERNAL HDD#3- MYBOOK 4TB
 
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I would recommend at least 400w (absolute minimum) as the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti are low power Your, and you did mention the fact that you are doing very light gaming. But since you have external drives, maybe 500w on the safe side?
 
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Power Supply: SeaSonic - EVO Edition 620 W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $41.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-14 12:09 EDT-0400

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($50.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $50.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-14 12:56 EDT-0400
 
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Seeing that you are running it 24/7 id invest a little extra on something gold or platinum. Look up 500 or 550 watt 80+ gold or platinum. You could go with something bronze certified but for your use case gold seems better
 
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Lesle87

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thank you all
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Power Supply: SeaSonic - EVO Edition 620 W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $41.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-14 12:09 EDT-0400

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($50.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $50.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-14 12:56 EDT-0400
Thank you so much. Decided to get the 550w Gold.
 

Lesle87

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Should I get a better cooler?
I was thinking of buying a Noctua NH-L9i, but not sure whether thats better than the stock wraith cooler?
Also, Adding 3 additional fans for a total of 5.
Would those extra fans effect the power supply?
I want this PC to last maximum 10 years.
 
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Should I get a better cooler?
I was thinking of buying a Noctua NH-L9i, but not sure whether thats better than the stock wraith cooler?
Also, Adding 3 additional fans for a total of 5.
Would those extra fans effect the power supply?
I want this PC to last maximum 10 years.
I wouldn't bother with that cooler. Based on the results in this Ryzen low-profile fan roundup, it looks like the bundled Wraith Spire cooler that comes with Ryzen 1600 outperforms it by a fair margin. Scroll toward the bottom for the test results. The L9a is essentially an improved version of the L9i for AMD systems, and even that gets beat by the Wraith Spire...


Considering the cost, that cooler would only be worth considering in a tiny small form-factor case that couldn't fit the 1600's stock cooler. In a more normal-sized case going low-profile wouldn't serve much purpose. If you wanted something that performed a bit better than the Wraith Spire, you could go with a larger 120mm tower cooler, and there are plenty of options priced lower than that Noctua. Of course, the 1600's cooler performs quite well at stock clocks, and it would probably only be worth considering something better for quieter and cooler performance when overclocking.

As for components lasting 10 years, there's obviously no guarantee of that, and a component could potentially fail no matter what temperature the system is kept at. It is worth noting that Seasonic's Focus Plus Gold PSUs have a 10-year warranty though (Focus (non-plus) Golds have 7 years). Case fans typically won't help cool the PSU much though, as most modern cases position the PSU on the bottom, where it draws fresh air in from below the case and pushes it out through the back, so it won't even be drawing air from inside the case.

Unless you are suggesting that you might need more power to run the extra fans, but fans don't typically draw much power, so that shouldn't really be a concern. A system with those specs would likely not draw more than 300 watts from the PSU under load, so there should be a good amount of headroom with a quality 550 watt PSU like that.
 

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