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Newbie Help - Power Supply Unit Recommendation

Hello all,

I'm preparing to build my first PC, primarily for gaming, and have had the hardest time picking a PSU for my build. I think it's the component I understand the least about. I'm hoping for some clarifications and recommendations.

My current build looks like:

CPU - AMD FX 8350
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113284

Cooler - Xigmatek DarkKnight II Night Hawk Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

MoBo - Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131877

GPU - EVGA GTX 770 ACX Superclocked 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130921

Memory - G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2x8GB) 1866 DDR3 CL 9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231627

SSD - Kingston HyperX 3K (Either 120GB or 240GB, depending on prices when I buy)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820239049

HDD - Unsure at the moment, but a 2TB addition to storage after I'm up and running

Case - Fractal Design Define R4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352020

So, I may be interested in adding another GPU down the road, so I'd like to keep that in mind with recommendations.

Would a 650w be sufficient for my build and future improvements (such as additional GPU).

I'm getting to be at or above my budget with this current build, so price is somewhat of a factor for me. I'd also love to run 80Plus Gold or above if possible, and don't feel the need to have a modular unit (although I've really heard that the "semi-modular" units are the way to go).

As always, I appreciate the help, and and open to suggestions with my build (to improve costs or efficiency!)
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  1. I would get an 800W PSU if you plan on doing SLI or other upgrades down the road. The Minimum system power recommended by NVIDIA for the 770 is 600W as it is, and the card uses a little over 200W, so 800W should be fine.

    Corsair is always my #1 recommendation. They have a FANTASTIC record and warranty. XFX, EVGA, and Seasonic are good brands too. Right PSU's, you want a reliable brand. DO NOT get an off brand like Rosewill. It won't deliver quality power to ur components, and won't be stable, and won't last. (found out the hard way)
  2. ittimjones said:
    800W should be fine.

    Corsair is always my #1 recommendation. They have a FANTASTIC record and warranty.


    Thanks, I've been looking at Corsair a bit. Obviously I know their top-of-the-line stuff if about as good as it gets, but I'm not sure I've got the case for the highest end stuff, and I've heard to avoid some of the low-end Corsair PSUs but I've never been clear to me which, especially with the TX models (some people say one version is good, but another version is terrible?).

    This seems to have everything I'd want and is in my price range, but don't want to buy something that's too cheap, like you said.

    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi Modular High Performance Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139029

    Does that look like a decent PSU for my price range? I really wouldn't want to spend too much more than that.

    OR would this 750W be alright for me?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-139-021
  3. That seems like a good PSU. I doubt you'll have issues. And with EVGA's customer support + 5 year warranty, if you do have issues, you're covered.

    looks good to me.
  4. Hey - some quick thoughts here from a noob w/ 2 builds (3570k and 5800k).

    1. To answer your question: Good PSU's: Corsair, seasonic, pc power and cooling. PSU's are a whole world out there, you get what you pay for. These 3 brands are solid. There are MANY quality PSU's out there - johnny guru does good reviews if you get the time. 600 w will be fine for 1 GPU, may need more for 2 GPU's (CF/SLI).
    2. Now to your build. Nothing wrong with it, but since you asked
    -CPU cooler. I'd go with Cooler master 212 or Zalman CNPX5s for $25 ish
    -MOBO: ASRock 970 or 990 for $100 -$140 ish
    -GPU: ur call. Here's a website for relative performance and cost: http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html
    You should be able to get a GREAT GPU for $250 that will max most/all current games. It's your cash but the extra $150 you spend will only get you marginal FPS gain IMO. AND ... I rec single GPU. Save the money and upgrade in a year or two vice SLI / CF. More pain than gain IMO.
    -SSD: I LOVE MY SSD. I have an Intel (little old these days). Great brands are: Samsung 830 or 840, Crucial m4 or m500, intel 335. Whatever's on sale. I would try for bigger than 180 GB. Just easier to manage.

    UNCLE !
    Couple more websites and I"m out:
    pcpartpicker.com for computer part shopping. It shops for you AND checks some compatibility.
    Amazon, newegg
    for the build: Youtube: 'newegg how to build a computer part 2 and 3'

    Good Luck
  5. odiervr said:
    Hey - some quick thoughts here from a noob w/ 2 builds (3570k and 5800k).

    1. To answer your question: Good PSU's: Corsair, seasonic, pc power and cooling. PSU's are a whole world out there, you get what you pay for. These 3 brands are solid. There are MANY quality PSU's out there - johnny guru does good reviews if you get the time. 600 w will be fine for 1 GPU, may need more for 2 GPU's (CF/SLI).
    2. Now to your build. Nothing wrong with it, but since you asked
    -CPU cooler. I'd go with Cooler master 212 or Zalman CNPX5s for $25 ish
    -MOBO: ASRock 970 or 990 for $100 -$140 ish
    -GPU: ur call. Here's a website for relative performance and cost: http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html
    You should be able to get a GREAT GPU for $250 that will max most/all current games. It's your cash but the extra $150 you spend will only get you marginal FPS gain IMO. AND ... I rec single GPU. Save the money and upgrade in a year or two vice SLI / CF. More pain than gain IMO.
    -SSD: I LOVE MY SSD. I have an Intel (little old these days). Great brands are: Samsung 830 or 840, Crucial m4 or m500, intel 335. Whatever's on sale. I would try for bigger than 180 GB. Just easier to manage.

    UNCLE !
    Couple more websites and I"m out:
    pcpartpicker.com for computer part shopping. It shops for you AND checks some compatibility.
    Amazon, newegg
    for the build: Youtube: 'newegg how to build a computer part 2 and 3'

    Good Luck


    Thanks for the response. The other GPU I was looking at as well was the Radeon HD 7970, by Sapphire.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008

    Seemed to be just as capable as the EVGA 770, maybe a bit less powerful. What's your opinion on that?
  6. Best answer
    Two part answer:

    Pt 1: I suggest the cheapest GPU you can live with. For me, it was the ASUS 7850 w/ 2GB RAM about 2 months ago. Upgrade of my 6850.
    PT2: AMD vs NVIDIA. I have 2 AMD's ... they are cheaper.

    Some folks have heartburn about 'screen tears' with AMD. I have noticed it on occasion ( I live on World of Tanks, but that's a whole nuther matter). It is VERY seldom - but I have noticed it.

    Also: Before I buy i check Amazon and newegg for reviews and read most of them. They are great sources of info. I've owned Sapphire in the past - i had no problems. Can't add to anything on the EVGA other than $400 ... yikes !
  7. odiervr said:
    Two part answer:

    Pt 1: I suggest the cheapest GPU you can live with. For me, it was the ASUS 7850 w/ 2GB RAM about 2 months ago. Upgrade of my 6850.
    PT2: AMD vs NVIDIA. I have 2 AMD's ... they are cheaper.

    Some folks have heartburn about 'screen tears' with AMD. I have noticed it on occasion ( I live on World of Tanks, but that's a whole nuther matter). It is VERY seldom - but I have noticed it.

    Also: Before I buy i check Amazon and newegg for reviews and read most of them. They are great sources of info. I've owned Sapphire in the past - i had no problems. Can't add to anything on the EVGA other than $400 ... yikes !


    Right, well obviously I know that basically whatever I build will be obsolete before too long, I just want to get the most out of my money and future-proof my machine as much as possible. I already play a lot of Civ5 on my laptop and plan to continue to do so, but I'm looking to play Bioshock Infinite (finally), Battlefiend 4, The Division, and similar games. I want to make sure I'm able to run those pretty fucking well (I know I'm not going to get crazy high performances for 300-400 bucks, but I want the best I can get). Suggestions?
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