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How many Watts do I really need for my PSU?

I have an i3 3245 on an H77 motherboard with a HD 7770. Some sources say the minumum PSU I need is 500 watts for a 7770. Others say that 350 watts is enough.

How exactly do I calculate this? People tell me you can't just add up the Watts.
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  1. 500w for that system is overkill.
    A GOOD 350w PSU (Like an Antec Earthwatts 380w) would be enough
    Or a Corsair CX430 would be good.

    Food for thought: My system Core 2 Duo + 6670 draws 150w at the wall under full load.
  2. ^+1

    The Corsair CX430 is an excellent choice
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

    If you're looking for a cleaner case, opt for the modular version:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139049
  3. quicksand10 said:
    ^+1

    The Corsair CX430 is an excellent choice
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

    If you're looking for a cleaner case, opt for the modular version:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139049


    Oh I forgot to mention that it was for a micro-ITX case that only holds SFX form factor PSUs. So 450w is as high as they make them. I wonder if I can fit a better card in for 450w

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256063
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    Ah, okay then.

    I'd suggest the fully modular, 80PLUS Gold rated version of the PSU you posted.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256084

    Here are some reviews for both models:
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=196
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=319

    In a tiny case, you want good airflow, and a fully modular, efficient PSU is helpful for maximizing airflow and thus keeping temperatures and noise levels to a minimum.
  5. quicksand10 said:
    Ah, okay then.

    I'd suggest the fully modular, 80PLUS Gold rated version of the PSU you posted.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256084

    Here are some reviews for both models:
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=196
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=319

    In a tiny case, you want good airflow, and a fully modular, efficient PSU is helpful for maximizing airflow and thus keeping temperatures and noise levels to a minimum.


    Do you think I could put in a better graphics card for that PSU?
  6. You could probably go up to a 7850 with no problems
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