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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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  1. 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.
  2. 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=N82E16817207013&clickid=QKi21uz0Z20YSw6ycLUYdzVUUkTRNv26TVAp3U0&iradid=97618&ircid=2106&irpid=79301&nm_mc=AFC-IR&cm_mmc=AFC-IR-_-na-_-na-_-na

    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
  3. 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.
  4. 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=N82E16817207013&clickid=QKi21uz0Z20YSw6ycLUYdzVUUkTRNv26TVAp3U0&iradid=97618&ircid=2106&irpid=79301&nm_mc=AFC-IR&cm_mmc=AFC-IR-_-na-_-na-_-na

    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.
  5. Best answer
    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=N82E16817207023&clickid=yYfXqL00SWre08PzC12lcwehUkTRNq159zDJXI0&iradid=97618&ircid=2106&irpid=79301&nm_mc=AFC-IR&cm_mmc=AFC-IR-_-na-_-na-_-na
  6. 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=N82E16817207013&clickid=QKi21uz0Z20YSw6ycLUYdzVUUkTRNv26TVAp3U0&iradid=97618&ircid=2106&irpid=79301&nm_mc=AFC-IR&cm_mmc=AFC-IR-_-na-_-na-_-na

    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
  7. 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=N82E16817207023&clickid=yYfXqL00SWre08PzC12lcwehUkTRNq159zDJXI0&iradid=97618&ircid=2106&irpid=79301&nm_mc=AFC-IR&cm_mmc=AFC-IR-_-na-_-na-_-na


    Agreed. This is the PSU to buy.
  8. 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=N82E16817207023&clickid=yYfXqL00SWre08PzC12lcwehUkTRNq159zDJXI0&iradid=97618&ircid=2106&irpid=79301&nm_mc=AFC-IR&cm_mmc=AFC-IR-_-na-_-na-_-na


    +1 yes most definately the best choice
  9. 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=N82E16817207013&clickid=QKi21uz0Z20YSw6ycLUYdzVUUkTRNv26TVAp3U0&iradid=97618&ircid=2106&irpid=79301&nm_mc=AFC-IR&cm_mmc=AFC-IR-_-na-_-na-_-na

    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?
  10. 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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