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New system build needs PSU - primary use is not gaming

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August 1, 2007 4:50:39 AM

Hola, :sol: 

So I'm gutting my current mATX box and adding new in'erds; here are the specs.

Case - Silverstone Sugo SG01 h_flexibility/

Here are the new guts
Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H

OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB 2P800R22GK

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad-Core

Fo xconn 8600GTS-256 GeForce 8600GTS 256MB

T he additional gear:
3 fans (incl cpu)
2 SATA II 320gb drives
2 pci cards (extra USB and wireless)
dvd burner
variety of usb devices hooked up

I do mostly multimedia, video and some 3D work. I'm not much of a gamer except for a few here and there. I plan to OC to 2.66-3, depending on how much the mobo will allow, but nothing too crazy.

So how much power do I need? I'm guesstimating 400-450, but would like to get others opinions as well along w/ reco's on brands.



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August 1, 2007 5:01:12 AM

Corsair 520HX would be perfect. $80 after rebate on
August 1, 2007 7:41:23 AM

HOLA -hehehe

you could use it for gaming as well :) 
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August 1, 2007 2:22:46 PM

Dior said:
Corsair 520HX would be perfect. $80 after rebate on

That one should work fine, as long as the dimensions are correct. With the micro case i'm limited on space.

slashzapper said:
HOLA -hehehe

you could use it for gaming as well :) 

I will, just not it's primary use :) 

Zorg said:
Use the PSU calculator. Observe the notes at the bottom of the page.

I did use that, but dependent of settings i came up w/ 380-530 watts. The higher number was based on adding more ram, assuming the PS would die sooner, etc. The only part i'm not sure about is the Vcore for OC. I set the CPU speed to 2600 and Vcore to 1.5, but really have no idea what the Vcore should be.

After that it came to 483w, so a 500w PSU should work, assuming the Vcore doesn't need to go much higher.

thx for the help
August 1, 2007 6:19:54 PM

You don't want to be drawing 483/500=96.6%, that percentage is way to high even for a quality PS. Micro ATX case rules out the silencer 610.
August 1, 2007 7:13:25 PM

I also have a SFF micro ATX case (though not that one). I like the Mushkin 550200 550W PSU I am using because it is modular, minimizing the extra wires in the case. Check it out at:

Note that it is a little deeper than a typical ATX PSU, but it does fit in my Apevia X-QPACK2 SFF case.
August 1, 2007 10:42:07 PM

Ok, after learning more about the vcore, i probably won't need more than 1.35 (if that) to OC the C2Q.

System Type: Single Processor
Motherboard: High End - Desktop
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2400 MHz
Kentsfield Overclocked: 2600 MHz, 1.35 V
CPU Utilization (TDP): 90% TDP
RAM: 4 Sticks DDR2 SDRAM (only 2 initially)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS
Video Type: Single Card

DVD-RW/DVD+RW Drive: 1 Drive
Additional PCI Card (avg): 2 Cards

USB: 8 Devices
Keyboard and mouse: Yes
System Load: 100 %
Capacitor Aging (+ W %): 25 %

This gives me a power requirement of 450w. So now a 520 PSU should be sufficient - 86% used.