Question Will this PSU blow up my build? (Thermaltake 500w 80+)

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There's a really common trend where if you post a PSU with decent+ reviews everyone will
tell you to buy a fire extinguisher while you are at it to ensure your fire safety. Those threads are pretty old for
the PSU that I've chosen, and if the PSU that I've chosen isn't good enough, what are you recommendations?
(also if you have any more suggestions lmk, MOBO, SSD and GPU are already bought)

PCPartPicker Part List: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/mdfTTC

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($138.43 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M Steel Legend Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($111.76 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($99.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Kingston A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 8 GB GAMING Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Corsair 100R ATX Mid Tower Case ($66.85 @ Vuugo)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Smart 500 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $866.75
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-31 09:41 EDT-0400
 
That psu is tier 6 on this list:
Your graphics card is also a power hog.
The minimum wattage you need is around 500w.
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm

There has to be a better choice.
A cheap PSU will be made of substandard components. It will not have safety and overload protections.
The danger is if it fails under load, it can destroy anything it is connected to.
It will deliver advertised power only at room temperatures, not at higher temperatures found when installed in a case.
The wattage will be delivered on the 3 and 5v rails, not on the 12v rails where modern parts
like the CPU and Graphics cards need it. What power is delivered may fluctuate and cause instability
issues that are hard to diagnose.
The fan will need to spin up higher to cool it, making it noisy.
A cheap PSU can become very expensive.

Do not buy one.

On your build, may I suggest you look at an intel 660p nvme drive in 500gb or 1tb size.
Abandon the HDD. A 500gb ssd will hold a fair number of games(that is all I have, but mine is nearing full)
You can always add more storage later.
 
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Yeah I would not even chance going with that low of a power supply. It's not that much more expensive to get a higher wattage. Your graphics card and processor alone are going to eat 500W. I have a similar build. except two graphics cards, and am running an 1100W PSU that is gold certified.
 
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Yeah I would not even chance going with that low of a power supply. It's not that much more expensive to get a higher wattage. Your graphics card and processor alone are going to eat 500W. I have a similar build. except two graphics cards, and am running an 1100W PSU that is gold certified.
That psu is tier 6 on this list:
Your graphics card is also a power hog.
The minimum wattage you need is around 500w.
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm

There has to be a better choice.
A cheap PSU will be made of substandard components. It will not have safety and overload protections.
The danger is if it fails under load, it can destroy anything it is connected to.
It will deliver advertised power only at room temperatures, not at higher temperatures found when installed in a case.
The wattage will be delivered on the 3 and 5v rails, not on the 12v rails where modern parts
like the CPU and Graphics cards need it. What power is delivered may fluctuate and cause instability
issues that are hard to diagnose.
The fan will need to spin up higher to cool it, making it noisy.
A cheap PSU can become very expensive.

Do not buy one.

On your build, may I suggest you look at an intel 660p nvme drive in 500gb or 1tb size.
Abandon the HDD. A 500gb ssd will hold a fair number of games(that is all I have, but mine is nearing full)
You can always add more storage later.
How does this work?
https://www.amazon.ca/CORSAIR-SeriesTM-CV550-550-Power-Supply/dp/B0838YKLCS/ref=sr_1_17?crid=1N0E1JP5T8TJA&dchild=1&keywords=corsair+psu&qid=1590992117&s=electronics&sprefix=corsair,electronics,159&sr=1-17

or this:
https://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=33_1938&item_id=164980
 
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