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November 22, 2013 3:32:12 PM

Hello guys!
I want to get a new PC in march april.
It'll be used mostly for gaming, but also for video rendering and 3D animation.
This will be also my first build, so please don't blame me :) 
Here about the specs:

Processor: Intel i7 4770
Mainboard: ASUS maximus vi formula
GPU: ASUS matrix 7970 platinum
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB kit
HDD: WD 4TB red
SSD: ASUS Raidr Express
PowerSupply: BeQuitet Pure Power 530 Watt
Case: Zalman Z11 plus

Suggestions are welcome! :) 

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November 22, 2013 3:53:22 PM

Is that a non-k i7 4770? If so, you can save money on the motherboard since you won't be doing any overclocking. H87 series will do the job.
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November 22, 2013 4:06:56 PM

Hi, I would go for the i7-4770K, right now it is $10 more, perhaps an ASUS Z87 PRO instead of the ROG board, your PS should be at least 650W, maybe 750W I would think to give some overhead, that 7970 is rated at 300W alone.
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November 22, 2013 4:16:16 PM

For a system using a single ASUS HD 7970 Matrix Platinum 3 GB graphics card ASUS specifies a minimum of a 650 Watt or greater system power supply. The power supply should also have a maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 42 Amps or greater and have at least two 8-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors.

Total Power Supply Wattage is NOT the crucial factor in power supply selection!!! Sufficient Total Combined Continuous Power/Current Available on the +12V Rail(s) rated at 45°C - 50°C ambient temperature, is the most critical factor.

Overclocking of the CPU and/or GPU(s) may require an additional increase to the maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current ratings, recommended above, to meet the increase in power required for the overclock. The additional amount required will depend on the magnitude of the overclock being attempted.

You didn't specify which be quiet! Pure Power 530W PSU.

The be quiet! Pure Power L8-530W/CM (BQT L8-CM-530W) power supply unit, with its maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 40 Amps and with two (6+2)-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors, is insufficient to power your system configuration with a single ASUS HD 7970 Matrix Platinum 3 GB graphics card.

The be quiet! Pure Power L7 (BQT L7-530W) power supply unit, with its maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 35 Amps and with two (6+2)-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors, is insufficient to power your system configuration with a single ASUS HD 7970 Matrix Platinum 3 GB graphics card.
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November 22, 2013 4:23:08 PM

With the K model 4770, and the rest, I'd go a little better on the PSU, while rated 530 that is peak - it runs a little over 400 on the 12 volt (rails) look to SeaSonic, Corsair aor a bit better brand in 500+ and with 30 AMPs on the 12 volt - also unless planning to water cool all might save a $100+ and take a look at the Asus Hero
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November 23, 2013 2:34:46 AM

Foldalot said:
Is that a non-k i7 4770? If so, you can save money on the motherboard since you won't be doing any overclocking. H87 series will do the job.


I know, but I like the on-board Soud solution of the Mainboard...
And yes, I won't overclock my PC.
Thanks for the answer :) 

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November 23, 2013 2:38:42 AM

endeavour37a said:
Hi, I would go for the i7-4770K, right now it is $10 more, perhaps an ASUS Z87 PRO instead of the ROG board, your PS should be at least 650W, maybe 750W I would think to give some overhead, that 7970 is rated at 300W alone.


Thank you for the answer, but I won't overclock my PC so I won't need a K version.
I like the Formula more because of it's on-board sound solution.
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November 23, 2013 2:51:06 AM

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For a system using a single ASUS HD 7970 Matrix Platinum 3 GB graphics card ASUS specifies a minimum of a 650 Watt or greater system power supply. The power supply should also have a maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 42 Amps or greater and have at least two 8-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors.

Total Power Supply Wattage is NOT the crucial factor in power supply selection!!! Sufficient Total Combined Continuous Power/Current Available on the +12V Rail(s) rated at 45°C - 50°C ambient temperature, is the most critical factor.

Overclocking of the CPU and/or GPU(s) may require an additional increase to the maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current ratings, recommended above, to meet the increase in power required for the overclock. The additional amount required will depend on the magnitude of the overclock being attempted.

You didn't specify which be quiet! Pure Power 530W PSU.

The be quiet! Pure Power L8-530W/CM (BQT L8-CM-530W) power supply unit, with its maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 40 Amps and with two (6+2)-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors, is insufficient to power your system configuration with a single ASUS HD 7970 Matrix Platinum 3 GB graphics card.

The be quiet! Pure Power L7 (BQT L7-530W) power supply unit, with its maximum combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 35 Amps and with two (6+2)-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors, is insufficient to power your system configuration with a single ASUS HD 7970 Matrix Platinum 3 GB graphics card.


WOW! Thanks for the answer :D 
At first: I won't overclock my PC. :) 
I read nowhere that the ASUS 7970 need so much Power!
And I thought about the BeQuiet! Pure Power L8-530W/CM
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November 23, 2013 9:50:21 AM

The Minimum Recommended System Power (W) is specified on the packaging:

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November 23, 2013 2:07:06 PM

Ok! I never saw this O.o but thanks again!
You helped me a lot! :) 
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November 23, 2013 2:59:58 PM

Mauszocker said:
Ok! I never saw this O.o but thanks again!
You helped me a lot! :) 


Just keep in mind that many GPU companies tend to increase the PSU requirement to protect themselves from buyers that use cheap PSU, and could potentially hurt the PC by the GPU power draw. Long story short : if you find a good 80plus bronze 600W PSU, you can go with it.
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November 23, 2013 7:08:30 PM

Just something to think about, most components in a rig are flavor of the day parts, a good quality PSU can be used from build to build, like radiators in a WC set up. Brown power from a PS can really cause problems and destroy things over time, so I always tend to error on the side of a bit overkill on a PS, it hurts nothing and insures your PS is not running at 80-90% to keep up when gaming for hours.

Repetitively speaking the PS is a small percentage of the total cost of your set up, yet perhaps the most important part you will buy, if you want to skimp then go for lower quality memory or a cheaper MB, but make sure you have good PS that will do what you need it to do without burning up.

Here is a good little tool to get an idea of what you need on wattage, but keep in mind the amperage (84A) required on the 12V rail needed and 4 x 8-pin PCI plugs needed also to run those beasts.

http://www.extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine

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November 24, 2013 2:57:54 PM

I made a lot of other PSU Calculator tests but I always came around 500-600W Corsair or BeQuiet.
So let's see what the time brings.
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