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August 13, 2014 1:56:45 PM

Hey guys!

I am wondering how much wattage in a PSU is good enough for my gaming rig.

My build in the link below:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/cart/view.html/ref=lh_cart_vc_...

I would also like to know if Sentey is a good company to purchase PSUs from.





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August 13, 2014 2:08:29 PM

JBDelta said:
Hey guys!

I am wondering how much wattage in a PSU is good enough for my gaming rig.

My build in the link below:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/cart/view.html/ref=lh_cart_vc_...

I would also like to know if Sentey is a good company to purchase PSUs from.








For some reason your link takes me to an empty basket. Some Sentey PSU's are pretty good, some are not. I'd recommend looking here http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page541.htm for the particular model you're interested in or check out this list of great PSU's http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/faq/id-2185279/power-supp...
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August 13, 2014 2:16:44 PM

Thanks! And I guess I'll just lay out all the specs of my PC.
Specifications:
1. Motherboard:
Gigabyte AM3+ AMD DDR3 1333 760G HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Motherboard GA-78LMT-USB3

2. CPU
AMD FX-6300 Black Edition

3. GPU
Sapphire Radeon R9 270 Dual-X with Boost and OC Version

4. HDD
Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

5. Optical Drive
LG Electronics DVD Drive GH24NSB0B

6. RAM
Kingston Technology HyperX Blu 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIMM (Kit of 2) KHX1333C9D3B1K2/8G

7. CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper TX3

8. Case
Rosewill ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Dual USB 3.0 and Four Fans, Black LINE GLOW

BTW, does the CPU come with thermal paste? Or will I have to purchase it.

Thanks!
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August 13, 2014 2:21:05 PM

JBDelta said:
Thanks! And I guess I'll just lay out all the specs of my PC.
Specifications:
1. Motherboard:
Gigabyte AM3+ AMD DDR3 1333 760G HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Motherboard GA-78LMT-USB3

2. CPU
AMD FX-6300 Black Edition

3. GPU
Sapphire Radeon R9 270 Dual-X with Boost and OC Version

4. HDD
Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

5. Optical Drive
LG Electronics DVD Drive GH24NSB0B

6. RAM
Kingston Technology HyperX Blu 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIMM (Kit of 2) KHX1333C9D3B1K2/8G

7. CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper TX3

8. Case
Rosewill ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Dual USB 3.0 and Four Fans, Black LINE GLOW

BTW, does the CPU come with thermal paste? Or will I have to purchase it.

Thanks!


I strongly suggest you swap that 760G motherboard for a 970 chipset. The 760's are really not very good. It would also be a worthwhile investment to get DDR3 1600Mhz CL9 RAM, it won't be much more than the slower stuff you've chosen.

The Hyper TX3 will come with paste but you can get some better quality stuff like Arctic Silver or Coolermaster MX-4 if you like.

Finally, a good 500W PSU will be enough, 600W would be better if you want to go for a heavy overclock (which you will not achieve with that motherboard).

Good budget choices are

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-80PLUS-Bronze-Certified-100-...

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-80PLUS-Bronze-Certified-100-...

http://www.amazon.com/Seasonic-S12II-520-BRONZE-SS-520G...

Personally, I'd go for the Seasonic

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August 13, 2014 2:22:05 PM

Would 500w be enough for this build? (Note: I always like to have a few more watts for extra power.)
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August 13, 2014 2:32:34 PM

NEW Gaming Rig Specifications:


1. Motherboard:

MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard North Bridge AMD 970 & South Bridge AMD SB950 Chipset ATX DDR3 800 AMD AM3+ Motherboards (970A-G46)

2. CPU

AMD FX-6300 Black Edition

3. GPU

Sapphire Radeon R9 270 Dual-X with Boost and OC Version

4. HDD

Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

5. Optical Drive

LG Electronics DVD Drive GH24NSB0B

6. RAM

Kingston KHX16C9B1RK2/8X HyperX Red 8GB (4GB 512M x 64-Bit x 2 pcs.) DDR3-1600 CL9 240-Pin DIMM Kit

7. CPU Cooler

Cooler Master Hyper TX3

8. Case

Rosewill ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Dual USB 3.0 and Four Fans, Black LINE GLOW

9. Thermal Compound

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound (2 Pack)

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August 13, 2014 2:36:26 PM

JBDelta said:
NEW Gaming Rig Specifications:


1. Motherboard:

MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard North Bridge AMD 970 & South Bridge AMD SB950 Chipset ATX DDR3 800 AMD AM3+ Motherboards (970A-G46)

2. CPU

AMD FX-6300 Black Edition

3. GPU

Sapphire Radeon R9 270 Dual-X with Boost and OC Version

4. HDD

Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

5. Optical Drive

LG Electronics DVD Drive GH24NSB0B

6. RAM

Kingston KHX16C9B1RK2/8X HyperX Red 8GB (4GB 512M x 64-Bit x 2 pcs.) DDR3-1600 CL9 240-Pin DIMM Kit

7. CPU Cooler

Cooler Master Hyper TX3

8. Case

Rosewill ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Dual USB 3.0 and Four Fans, Black LINE GLOW

9. Thermal Compound

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound (2 Pack)



That's much better, the Seasonic PSU will be fine for your needs. The recommended PSU for a 270X is 500w and that's playing it safe as there are so many cheap nasty units out there. That Seasonic is pure quality and is well made and reliable (plus gives you an extra 20W!). If you're really going to lose sleep though there is a 620W version too!
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August 13, 2014 2:46:35 PM

Get the EVGA 600B.
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August 13, 2014 2:52:05 PM

Thanks for the help guys!
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August 13, 2014 2:52:29 PM

Glad to assist.
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August 13, 2014 2:53:02 PM

How many syringes of thermal compound do I need for the entire build?
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August 13, 2014 2:53:50 PM

The Sentey and EVGA W are both budget models that use Tier 2 CapXon capacitors. The Seasonic uses top quality ones instead that are rated at 105 degrees instead of the 85 of the cheaper units.

Finally, the most important PSU factor is not really how many Watts it can supply, it's the Amps on the 12V rail that matter.

The EVGA gives 40A
The Sentey gives just 20A which is not really enough for the 270X
The Seasonic gives 40A which is split over two rails

So as you can see, the Seasonic is just as good where it counts and is built much, much better
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August 13, 2014 2:59:59 PM

Also, I just noticed you don't have a 270X, you have a 270 (confusingly called X edition!) so 520W of quality will be more than enough and it costs the same as the EVGA 600B but is better made.
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August 13, 2014 3:02:11 PM

Good selection of parts for a decent gamer... I like it... Those parts together will require a minimum of a 400 watts PSU, but i never recommend persons to get the exact power requirements for their system. So with that being said, I recommend that you go for at least a 500 watts power supply which will ensure that your system is always fine and supplied properly with required power.
As for the brand of Power supply, I always encourage my my clients to go for:
Corsair
Rosewill
Cooler master
or
Thermaltake

Just get the Corsair CX Series 500 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Bronze ATX12V/EPS12V 456 Power Supply
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ALK3HF4/ref=as_li_q...
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August 13, 2014 3:07:48 PM

The Tech Guy said:
Good selection of parts for a decent gamer... I like it... Those parts together will require a minimum of a 400 watts PSU, but i never recommend persons to get the exact power requirements for their system. So with that being said, I recommend that you go for at least a 500 watts power supply which will ensure that your system is always fine and supplied properly with required power.
As for the brand of Power supply, I always encourage my my clients to go for:
Corsair
Rosewill
Cooler master
or
Thermaltake

Just get the Corsair CX Series 500 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Bronze ATX12V/EPS12V 456 Power Supply
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ALK3HF4/ref=as_li_q...


Can you explain why you prefer one of Corsair's most poorly-made PSU's over one of the best brands out there made with all Japanese caps rated at 105 degs rather than the assortment of CapXon and Teapo's in the Corsair? Especially when the unit you suggested costs more?
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August 13, 2014 3:09:45 PM

Reselect the Best Solution that was chosen by the OP.
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August 13, 2014 3:16:05 PM

Also, another thing that's been bugging me, do I really need to use the squaretrade protection plan at all for amazon?
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August 13, 2014 3:16:39 PM

That's a very nice build. Enjoy it!
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August 13, 2014 3:18:42 PM

Well, props to OP then.
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August 13, 2014 3:24:59 PM

Hah, Idk which to pick as best solution.
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August 13, 2014 3:30:34 PM

The choice is your pick the answer that helped you the most!

Thanks for posting in the forum. :D 
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August 13, 2014 3:32:15 PM

I would also like to know, would any of you recommend some high quality, complete free versions of screen recording software that I can use for YouTube? Some of my YouTube friends recommended OBS, D3DGear, and also AMD's newest Game DVR for my new GPU.
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August 13, 2014 3:39:20 PM

JBDelta said:
I would also like to know, would any of you recommend some high quality, complete free versions of screen recording software that I can use for YouTube? Some of my YouTube friends recommended OBS.


Not something I do really but I hear CamStudio is pretty good too. AMD now owns Raptr which is free software you can use with the R9 270 but I think you can only upload to Twitch. Seeing as they're all free just try them out, you might like features other people don't and vice-versa; it's a personal taste thing I guess!
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August 13, 2014 3:51:57 PM

I am probably going to order the PC components in 1 or 2 weeks (towards the end of summer) so I am currently on a laptop.
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August 13, 2014 3:52:23 PM

I have already tried CamStudio, my thoughts? Ehhh
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August 13, 2014 3:56:30 PM

JBDelta said:
I have already tried CamStudio, my thoughts? Ehhh


Haha! Good to know. I'll be sure to keep that in mind! Feel free to post any questions you might have when your parts arrive. There are loads of great guides to building a PC from scratch including videos that you can just follow along as you go (bit like a cooking show!!)
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