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Need info on what wattage to get for a new power supply

The power supply went on my CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA250(which i just bought last month) and i am looking into getting a higher wattage one. I am going to be replacing the graphics card that came with the pc with the MSI N660 Gaming 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card. What wattage would be good to get? What was in my pc that went was 500watt.
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    A 500-550watt power supply would be sufficient for your system. It's not that your old power supply didn't have enough power, but it was likely of poor quality. A crappy 1000watt power supply will fail just as quickly as a crappy 500watt power supply. Recommend you go with a PSU from Antec, Corsair, PC Power and Cooling, FSP Group, or Seasonic.

    -Wolf sends
  2. Wolfshadw said:
    A 500-550watt power supply would be sufficient for your system. It's not that your old power supply didn't have enough power, but it was likely of poor quality. A crappy 1000watt power supply will fail just as quickly as a crappy 500watt power supply. Recommend you go with a PSU from Antec, Corsair, PC Power and Cooling, FSP Group, or Seasonic.

    -Wolf sends


    Hi thank you. I was thinking on going with a higher wattage, maybe 650 or 700 because it's my sons pc and i know he may want to upgrade some things at a later date. I guess going higher than 700 would probably be too much wattage?
  3. That depends on what upgrades are coming later. A quality 600 watt power supply should be sufficient for any single graphics card system. Multi-GPU systems will require higher wattage power supplies, based on what cards are installed. Depending on the cards used in an SLI configuration, you could require anywhere between a 750 watt power supply and a 1200 watt power supply. My recommendation would be to get just what you need now. If at a later date, you decide to upgrade to an SLI solution, include the cost of a new PSU as part of the total upgrade cost.

    -Wolf sends
  4. The only upgrade that i can think of in the near future may be another hard drive. The new graphics card is what i think may have caused the power supply to go or maybe it was just a crappy power supply from the start. That was why i was also thinking about going higher than 500watt.
    Sorry so many questions, i am new to all the ins and outs of having a gaming computer.I appreciate the help.
  5. No worries. Just adding a hard drive should not have caused any issues. The 500 watt power supply that failed *should* have been able to accommodate the extra drive with no problems.

    -Wolf sends
  6. And the 500 watt should have been ok for the new graphics card too? The gtx 660. Thank you so much
  7. Yes. It should have been.

    -Wolf sends
  8. Wolfshadw said:
    Yes. It should have been.

    -Wolf sends


    Ok thanks again for all the help
  9. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $29.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-27 15:41 EST-0500)
  10. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $29.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-27 15:41 EST-0500)



    Thanks for the link!
  11. Your welcome.
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