Im slowly replacing parts and ive gathered this so far and looking for a good power supply for it.
ASUS Maximus Formula
2 - 1GB OCZ DDR 667 (will upgrade later)
EVGA 7900 GT 512MB (will upgrade later as well)
2 250 WD 7200 hard drives
2 DVD/DVD burner drives
so im looking for a decent power supply, quiet, and has some room to accomodate future upgrades
probably will never go too overboard with additions so i dont need any 1000W recommendations, i was thinking in the 500-650 range unless someone can see a reason to get more.
Make sure you get a good PSU by a major brand like Antec, Seasonic etc. There's a slighly outdated list of PSU's by tier's that still holds in identifying which manufacturer's put out good PSU's.
Don't get cheap power supplies. A cheap PSU can fry your motherboard and GPU if it fails, and won't deliver the wattage promised. Cheap is usually something like a barebones or sub $50 PSU by Raidmax etc.
Spend at least $99 for something that has enough amps on the 12 volt rail to support a graphics card upgrade later. If you plan on getting a really good graphics card later on, make sure the PSU has both 6 pin and 8 pin connectors for your PCIe 2.0 card.
For example, my 3870x2 needed both a 6 pin and an 8 pin connector, so my old Antec Neo 550 wouldn't work (two 6 pin connectors), so I got an Antec Neo 650 instead.
Nvidia might have a page on their website with recommended PSU's for each card. I looked at ATI's when upgrading for the new card.
I -only- build out with PC Power & Cooling...anything else is less.
Under full load and on a scope they are the best bar none and top out even the Silverstone PSU's Falcon Northwest uses for their $5-15K+ builds.
With my DFI and AMD builds I average 50% OC's with everything on stock volts...while others with the same parts -other than- the PSU have to boost volts.
They are also 100% constant load rated...a Turbo 510 is in fact a far better unit than an OCZ 700.
The PC P&C 610's are a bargain.
Ok thanks for the feedback and it seems these are some of the ones that are recommended.....you've seen pretty much what i have for parts, so now the question is what would be the best overall PSU....looking for a consensus....these are about what i want to spend so unless there is a major player in this price range missing i dont think we need to introduce any new ones.....if it was you which would you pick? thanks a lot for the help everyone.
ZALMAN ZM600-HP ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V 600W Modular LED Heatpipe-Cooled SLI Power Supply 100 - 240 V cUL, CE, CB - Retail
SeaSonic S12 Energy Plus SS-650HT ATX12V / EPS12V 650W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CE, CB, TUV, FCC - Retail
PC Power & Cooling S610EPS EPS12V 610W Continuous @ 40°C Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, cUL, CE, CB, TUV - Retail
Antec NeoPower 650 ATX12V / EPS12V 650W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail