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March 3, 2014 8:27:55 PM

I am building my first pc and want it to be a workstation/gaming pc. The workstation part is mainly adobe applications, VMware workstation, and making 10-15min YouTube videos. The gaming part will mainly be fps with a rpg here and there. My budget on this build is$1300 but since I’m so close to hitting that I will make an exception to add in the necessary PSU. I plan on running SLI within 3 years of building this pc and also I do have an overclocking capable cpu but since this is my first build I would like some time to experience how fast everything is before overclocking. So if I do decide to overclock it will probably be around the same time I run that second graphics card, and if I do OC the cpu than I plan on getting a self sustained water cooler just for the cpu. Please help me decide on what type of psu I should get. Here is the link to everything I have so far http://pcpartpicker.com/p/33DbO

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March 3, 2014 8:37:09 PM

You should get a 750w unit from Antec, XFX, Seasonic, Corsair (not CX series).

You will see no change in performance from overclocking. It is just a hobby. Until a few years from now when it gets old and starts to struggle, overclocking the CPU will not do much at all.
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March 3, 2014 8:43:26 PM

gpu-170w/12v=14.2a
cpu-84w/12v=7a
chipset/memory tdp 6a
total amps on 12v rail= 27.2a
this one supports 44a on single 12v rail with a variance of .5a, so 43.5a on single 12v rail
you pull 27.2a it pushes 43.5a

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

it has enough headroom for a nice overclock on cpu and gpu if you would like me to calculate one for a sli setup just let me know
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March 3, 2014 8:43:45 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.96 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($126.53 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.89 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($262.98 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill N900PCE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($32.99 @ Staples)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($146.58 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($14.18 @ B&H)
Total: $1307.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-03 23:42 EST-0500)

Cheaper motherboard, and a PSU that will handle a second 760 easily.

If you're doing a fair bit of virtualisation, I'd suggest considering a FX chip, e.g. the 8320. More cores is good for that kind of workload. Also, 16GiB RAM.
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March 3, 2014 8:44:37 PM

Bad_Kitty13 said:
gpu-170w/12v=14.2a
cpu-84w/12v=7a
chipset/memory tdp 6a
total amps on 12v rail= 27.2a
this one supports 44a on single 12v rail with a variance of .5a, so 43.5a on single 12v rail
you pull 27.2a it pushes 43.5a

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

it has enough headroom for a nice overclock on cpu and gpu if you would like me to calculate one for a sli setup just let me know


He is going to SLI so he needs more than 550w. 750w would be perfect.
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March 3, 2014 8:46:03 PM

I'd be looking at the XFX 750W at $85 with the $15 mail in rebate.
Semi-modular, made by Seasonic, arguably the best PSU maker around right now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 3, 2014 8:50:13 PM

tiny voices said:
Bad_Kitty13 said:
gpu-170w/12v=14.2a
cpu-84w/12v=7a
chipset/memory tdp 6a
total amps on 12v rail= 27.2a
this one supports 44a on single 12v rail with a variance of .5a, so 43.5a on single 12v rail
you pull 27.2a it pushes 43.5a

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

it has enough headroom for a nice overclock on cpu and gpu if you would like me to calculate one for a sli setup just let me know


He is going to SLI so he needs more than 550w. 750w would be perfect.


that is true and i asked him if he wanted a sli calculation even though it is moot because the xfx 750 would be optimal for a sli setup
also rm falls in the same tier as cx
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March 3, 2014 8:51:26 PM

jimthenagual said:
I'd be looking at the XFX 750W at $85 with the $15 mail in rebate.
Semi-modular, made by Seasonic, arguably the best PSU maker around right now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Agreed. This is the PSU to buy.
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March 3, 2014 8:52:33 PM

jimthenagual said:
I'd be looking at the XFX 750W at $85 with the $15 mail in rebate.
Semi-modular, made by Seasonic, arguably the best PSU maker around right now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


+1 yes most definately the best choice
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March 3, 2014 9:01:07 PM

tiny voices said:
Bad_Kitty13 said:
gpu-170w/12v=14.2a
cpu-84w/12v=7a
chipset/memory tdp 6a
total amps on 12v rail= 27.2a
this one supports 44a on single 12v rail with a variance of .5a, so 43.5a on single 12v rail
you pull 27.2a it pushes 43.5a

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

it has enough headroom for a nice overclock on cpu and gpu if you would like me to calculate one for a sli setup just let me know


He is going to SLI so he needs more than 550w. 750w would be perfect.


So which PSU would you specifically suggest than?
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March 3, 2014 9:03:40 PM

jimthenagual found one that around the same price will support your sli setup and overclocking for your future up grades so i would def go with his it is also one of the best psu manufacturer out right now
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