Gaming computer, Wolfdale + 8800GTS, PSU help (and general advices)

Hello, my first post here, but been a reader of the forums for well over a year, my 5 year old computer is starting to get a "few" problems running some of the games I enjoy, so finally threw a new setup together. it's this so far:

Core 2 duo E8400 3.0GHZ Wolfdale

P5N-T Deluxe ATX

4x Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800 PC2-6400

Asus EN8800GTS/HTDP/512M Retail

Caviar RE 400GB 16MB / 8.7ms / 7200RPM / SATA300

PSU is my big headache atm, never really been interested in PSU's, so a bit out there atm, and I'm from Denmark, which means many of the PSU's that people list on this forum is not possible for me.
could you guys come with some ideas for PSU's that are decent? or how many A I should go after for every line? 5V, 12V and such.

of course if anyone got a better idea for hardware fittings I would love to know them, although money is a bit tight, I'm a student so this machine is going to be a big hit on my wallet, but I hope it will last me a decent share of time *thinking back on my 5 year old champ*, so if there are any a little cheaper without giving me a too big performance hit it will be great, however the system as it is atm, is within my reach.

Info on use:
games I play is:
Final Fantasy IX

the last is what is killing my old system. beside that then some random every day use. the OS will be Windows XP pro. since the idea of vista gives me the creeps.
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  1. Give us a URL from a store where you can buy stuff. Even if it's in Danish, I'm sure we can figure it out and find you some good parts.

    I suggest a Q6600. It's a bit slower than the E8400 in most games right now, but it won't hurt because most games are in fact limited by the video card and won't use even a Q6600 at 100%. Long-term, a Q6600 will be much better than an E8400 because games will learn to use all 4 cores. Normally I wouldn't recomemnd this, but you look like you'll use this CPU for several years.

    Motherboard: avoid nVidia chipsets, since you're not looking for SLI. Something like GA-EP35-DS3R is more stable and cheaper. There's a DS3L too, a bit cheaper, but with fewer features and less room for upgrades.

    RAM: get 2x2GB so you can keep adding until you have 8GB. Don't fill all 4 slots with 1 GB sticks.

    Good video card, the 8800GTS 512MB. I'd prefer eVGA or BFG or XFX instead of Asus, but it's not important.

    Hard disk: the WD3200AAKS and WD6400AAKS are faster.

    PSU: one of these, for example: OCZ StealthXStream 600W, Corsair 550VX (or VX550), Corsair 650TX, PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610W, Corsair 520HX. You need something with at least 28A on a single 12V rail, or with something like 2 rails of 17A each, or more. Don't worry about amps on the 5V and so on.
  2. the pages I use for hardware shopping is:

    hm. I was confused if I should get the duo or Q6600, guess I get the Q then, thanks :)

    motherboard wise:
    I just heard a lot good things about that motherboard, as a cheaper motherboard I was thinking of the Asus P5N-D ATX instead, is that a decent motherboard? again it's a nVidia chipset.. so confused now, what is the bad about those chipsets?

    but if the GA-EP35-DS3R is more stable than the asus's I will go after that, thanks ^^ (just a bit of an asus fanboy, all my hardware has always been asus, but never hurt to try something new)

    any recommended 2x2 gb blocks out there?
  3. oh and if possible. a motherboard with a coax output since my sound system (logitech Z5500 digital)
  4. btw.
    "You need something with at least 28A on a single 12V rail, or with something like 2 rails of 17A each, or more. Don't worry about amps on the 5V and so on."

    would that mean my Enemax 500W PSU (ELT500AWT) can run this system? it's pretty new. not even a year old
  5. Your 500W PSU has 2 rails of 22A each. I don't know for sure what that means when combined, it won't be 44, but I'm guessing around 40. That's way over the recommended minimum of 28. Pretty good quality too. Sure, use it, if you're only getting one video card.

    If you're getting two video cards, your current PSU is a bit too small according to nVidia's list of certified PSUs for 8800GTS SLI.
    Here's a list, taken from the HTML source of their site:
    <b class="header_green">For Dual GeForce 8800 GTS, GeForce 8800 GT, or Dual GeForce 7950 GX2</b><br>
    Choose from the following manufacturers:<br>
    <!--<div id="psuB" class="hide">-->

    <select name="dual8800gts" onchange="jumpMenu('parent',this,0)">
    <option>Please select:</option>
    <option value="">AcBel Model PC7030</option>
    <option value="">AcBel Model PC6018</option>
    <option value="">Aerocool EN53112 1020W</option>
    <option value="">Aerocool EN53099 750W</option>
    <option value="">Aerocool EN53082 650W</option>

    <option value="">Amacrox AX750-EP 750W</option>
    <option value="">Amacrox AX1000-EP 1000W</option>
    <option value=" ">Antec TruePower Quattro 1000 (TPQ-1000)</option>
    <option value=" ">Antec TruePower Quattro 850 (TPQ-850)</option>
    <option value="">Antec TruePower Trio 650W</option>
    <option value="">Apex Computer Technology SL-X1000EPS 1000W</option>

    <option value="">Athenatech PS-1KWXF 1000W</option>
    <option value="">ATNG APL-780DX 630W</option>
    <option value="">ATNG APL-780FA 630W</option>
    <option value="">ATNG APL-780FCM 630W</option>
    <option value="">ATNG APL-780X</option>
    <option value="">ATNG Power APE-1100X(F) APFC 950W</option>

    <option value="">ATNG Power APE-1000X(F) PLUS APFC 850W</option>
    <option value="">ATNG Power APE-900X (F) PLUS APFC 750W</option>
    <option value="">ATNG Power APE-1100FM</option>
    <option value="">ATNG Power APE-1000FM</option>
    <option value="">ATNG Power APE-900FM</option>
    <option value="">BFG 800W Power Supply</option>

    <option value="">BFG ES-800 Power Supply</option>
    <!--<option value="">BFG Tech PC System Power Supply 800W</option>-->
    <option value="">Channel Well CWT-1200VC</option>
    <option value="">Channel Well CWT-1000VC</option>
    <option value="">Channel Well Ice Cube II PSC850</option>
    <option value="">Channel Well Ice Cube II PSC750</option>

    <option value="">CoolerMaster Real Power ESA 1000W (RS-A00-EFAM-A3)</option>
    <option value="">Cooler Master Real Power M1000 (RS-A00-ESBA)</option>
    <option value="">Cooler Master Real Power Pro 1250W (RS-C50-EMBA)</option>
    <option value="">Cooler Master Real Power Pro 1000W (RS-A00-EMBA)</option>
    <option value="">CoolerMaster Real Power Pro 850W (RS-850-EMBA)</option>
    <option value="">Cooler Master Real Power Pro 750W (RS-750-ACAA-A1)</option>

    <option value="">Cooler Master RS-A00-EFAM-A3 1000W</option>
    <option value="">Coolmax CUQ-1350B 1350w</option>
    <option value="">Coolmax CUQ-1200B 1200w</option>
    <option value="">Corsair TX750</option>
    <option value="">Corsair HX1000W</option>
    <option value="">Dynapower DP-800PL 800W</option>

    <option value="">Dynapower DP-900PL 900W</option>
    <option value="">Dynapower DP-1000PL 1000W</option>
    <option value="">Enermax INFINITI 720 SLI EIN720AWT-00</option>
    <option value="">Enermax INFINITI 650 SLI EIN650AWT-00</option>
    <option value="">Enermax Galaxy DXX 850W SLI™ (EGX850EWL-00)</option>
    <option value="">Enermax Galaxy DXX 1000W SLI™ (EGX1000EWL-00)</option>

    <option value="">Enlight ECP-750AAB A 750W</option>
    <option value="">Epower Xscale EP-1000P10 1000W</option>
    <option value="">Epower Xscale EP-1200P10 1200W</option>
    <option value="">ETASIS ET-850 850W</option>
    <option value="">ETASIS ET-750 750W</option>
    <option value="">FSP Epsilon 80Plus 700W</option>

    <option value="">FSP Everest 800 800W </option>
    <option value="">FSP Epsilon 800 800W </option>
    <option value="">FSP Everest 900 900W </option>
    <option value="">FSP Epsilon 900 900W </option>
    <option value=" ">FSP Epsilon 1010 1010W </option>
    <option value="">FSP Everest 1010 1010W </option>

    <option value="">FSP Group Everest 800</option>
    <option value="">FSP Group BoosterX 3 (FSP300-1E01)</option>
    <option value="">FSP Group FX760E 760W</option>
    <option value="">FSP Group FX700-GLN-E 700W</option>
    <option value="">FSP Group FSP700-80GLC 700W</option>
    <option value="">Gigabyte Odin 1200W (GE-MK20A-D1)</option>
    <option value="">Gigabyte ODIN Pro_800W(GE-M800A-D1) 800W</option>

    <option value="">Gigabyte ODIN GT_800W(GE-S800A-D1) 800W</option>
    <option value="">HEC Group (HEC750DR-AT) 750W</option>
    <option value="">Hiper HPU-4M780</option>
    <option value="">Hiper HPU-4M880</option>
    <option value="">Hiper HPU-5B680</option>
    <option value="">Hiper HPU-5B880</option>

    <option value=" ">Hiper HPU-5M730</option>
    <option value="">Hiper HPU-5K680</option>
    <option value="">Hiper HPU-5K880</option>
    <option value="">Hiper HPU-5B770 770W</option>
    <option value="">Hiper HPU-5K770 770W</option>
    <option value="">Kingwin ABT-650MA1S 650W</option>

    <option value="">Kingwin ABT-700MA1S 700W</option>
    <option value="">Kingwin ABT-750MA1S 750W</option>
    <option value="">Kingwin ABT-800MA1S 800W</option>
    <option value="">Kingwin ABT-900MA1S 900W </option>
    <option value="">Kingwin ABT-1000MA1S 1000W </option>
    <option value="">Koolance PSU-1200ATX-12S 1200W</option>

    <option value="">Listan be quiet! Straight Power BQT E5-700W</option>
    <option value="">Listan be quiet! Straight Power BQT E5-650W </option>
    <option value="">Listan be quiet! Straight Power BQT E5-600W</option>
    <option value="">NZXT PP800 800W</option>
    <option value="">NZXT Precise Power PRC-1000 1000W</option>
    <option value="">OCZ Technology GameXStream 850W (FSP850-80GLN)</option>
    <option value="">OCZ Technology GameXStream 700W</option>

    <option value="">PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad</option>
    <option value="">PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool 860W</option>
    <option value="">PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1200 W</option>
    <option value="">PC Power & Cooling Turbo Cool 1KW-SR 1000W</option>

    <option value="">PC Power & Cooling 1KW-Quad SLI (TC1KW4E) 1000W</option>
    <option value="">PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW (TC1KW) </option>
    <option value="">PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW-Quad SLI (TC1KW4E)</option>
    <option value="">Powerex REX-750AS</option>

    <option value="">Powerex REX-850AS</option>
    <option value="">Powerex REX-1000AS</option>
    <option value="">Raidmax RX700</option>
    <option value="">Seasonic X900 (SS-900HP) 900W</option>
    <option value="">Seasonic M12-700 700W</option>
    <!--<option value="">Seasonic S12 Energy Plus 650W</option>-->

    <option value="">Seventeam ST-750EAJ</option>
    <option value="">Seventeam ST-750EAJ 750W</option>
    <option value="">Seventeam ST-850E-AD</option>
    <option value="">Seventeam Electronics Co., Ltd ST-850E-AD 850W</option>
    <option value="">Seventeam ST-1000E-AD 1000W</option>
    <option value="">Seventeam ST-1000E-AD 1000W</option>

    <!--<option value="">Seventeam Electronics Co., Ltd ST-1200E-AF 120</option>-->
    <option value="">Seventeam ST-1200E-AF 1200W</option>
    <option value="">Sigma SP-700 70</option>
    <option value="">Silverstone Decathlon DA750 750W</option>
    <option value="">Silverstone Decathlon DA850 850W</option>
    <option value="">Silverstone Decathlon DA1200</option>

    <option value="">Silverstone Olympia OP750 750W</option>
    <option value="">Silverstone Olympia OP850 850W</option>
    <option value="">Silverstone Strider ST1000 1000W</option>
    <option value="">Silverstone Zeus ST75ZF 750W</option>
    <option value="">Silverstone Zeus ST85ZF 850W</option>
    <option value="">Sirtec High Power HPC-1000-G14C 1000W</option>

    <option value="">Sparkle SPI900GCM 900W </option>
    <option value="">Sparkle SPI1000GCM 1000W</option>
    <option value=" ">Spire RocKIT SP-1000W</option>
    <option value=""> WattSmart 750W EPS12V Ver 2.91 80 PLUS</option>
    <option value=""> WattSmart 850W EPS12V Ver 2.91 80 PLUS</option>
    <option value="">Startech WattSmart 650W EPS12V Ver 2.91 80 PLUS</option>

    <option value="">SuperFlower Aurora PSU (SF-800R14A) 800W</option>
    <option value="">SuperFlower Aurora PSU (SF-750R14A) 750W</option>
    <option value="">SuperFlower Aurora PSU (SF-700R14A) 700W</option>
    <option value="">TACENS Supero 1000W</option>
    <option value="">TACENS Supero 700W</option>
    <option value="">TACENS Supero 600W</option>

    <option value="">Tagan BZ ESA 1300W</option>
    <option value="">Tagan BZ900 900W</option>
    <option value="">Tagan BZ800 800W</option>
    <option value="">Tagan BZ700 700W</option>
    <option value="">Tagan TG-700-U25 700W</option>
    <option value="">Tagan TG700-U33 ITZ 700W</option>

    <option value="">Tagan TG-700-U35 700W</option>
    <option value="">Tagan TG-800-U25 800W</option>
    <option value="">Tagan TG-800-U33 ITZ 800W</option>
    <option value="">Tagan TG-900-U95 900W</option>
    <option value="">Tagan TG-900-U96 900W</option>
    <option value="">Tagan TG-900-U33 ITZ 900W </option>

    <option value="">Tagan TG-1100 BZ 1100W</option>
    <option value="">Tagen TG-1100 BZ ESA 1100W</option>
    <option value="">Tagan TG-1100-U95 1100W</option>
    <option value="">Tagan TG-1100-U96 1100W</option>
    <option value="">Tagan TG-1100-U33 ITZ 1100W</option>
    <option value="">Tagan TG1300-U33 1300W</option>

    <option value="">Thermaltake Purepower W0177 RX 750AP 750W</option>
    <option value="">Thermaltake Toughpower 1500W (W0218)</option>
    <option value="">Thermaltake Toughpower 1500W (W0171)</option>
    <option value="">Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W (W0216)</option>
    <option value="">Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W (W0133)</option>
    <option value="">Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W (W0217)</option>

    <option value="">Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W (W0155)</option>
    <option value="">Thermaltake Toughpower 850W (W0131)</option>
    <option value="">Thermaltake Toughpower 750W (W0117)</option>
    <option value="">Thermaltake Toughpower 700W (W0106)</option>
    <option value="">Thermaltake Toughpower 650W (W0104)</option>
    <option value="">Thermaltake Toughpower 600W (W0144)</option>
    <option value="">Thermaltake Toughpower W0131RU 850W</option>

    <option value="">Thermaltake Toughpower 850W (W0131)</option>
    <option value="">Thermaltake Toughpower 850W (W0172)</option>
    <option value="">Thermaltake PurePower TWV500W</option>
    <option value="">Thermaltake ToughPower 700W</option>
    <option value="">Thermaltake ToughPower 750W</option>
    <option value="">Topower/ePower TOP-1000W</option>
    <option value="">Ultra Products X3 1000 Watt (ULT40064)</option>

    <option value="">Ultra Products ULT-XP750APFC 750W</option>
    <option value="">Ultra Products ULT-XF800APFC 800W</option>
    <option value="">Ultra Products X-Finity 800W</option>
    <option value="">XClio GreatPower X14S4P4 650W</option>
    <option value="">XClio GreatPower X14S4P4 700W</option>
    <option value="">XClio GreatPower X14S4P4 750W</option>

    <option value="">X-Factor XF-750AMC</option>
    <option value="">X-Factor XF-850AMC</option>
    <option value="">X-Factor XF-1000AMC</option>
    <option value="">Xigamtek NRP-HC1001 1000W</option>
    <option value="">Xigamtek NRP-HC1201 1200W </option>
    <option value="">Xigamtek NRP-HC1501 1500W </option>

    <option value="">Zalman ZM750-HP</option>
    <option value="">Zalman ZM850-HP</option>
    <option value="">Zalman ZM1000-HP 1000W</option>
    <option value="">Zippy Gaming PSL-6850P(G1)</option>
    <option value="">Zippy Gaming PSL-6850P(G1)-PCIE4</option>
    <option value="">Zippy Gaming PSL-6800P(G1)-PCIE4 800W</option>

    <option value="">Zippy Gaming PSL-6800P(G1) 800W</option>
    <option value="">Zumax ZU-750W</option>
    <option value="">2theMax (Topower) SP-1200</option>
    <option value="">2theMax (HEC) RF Extreme 750 750W</option>
    FSP Group BoosterX 3 (FSP300-1E01) - not certified for Dual GeForce 8800 GTS

    Are you planning to buy two video cards, or just one?
  6. on the PSU is say:
    totally 32A 382W

    my setup atm is:
    Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz (Wolfdale) Box 1300

    GA-EP35-DS3R 800

    Asus GF 8800 GTS 1600

    Corsair XMS2 Xtreme Performance - Hukommelse - 4 GB ( 2 x 2 GB ) - DIMM 240-pin - DDR II - 800 MHz / PC2-6400 - CL5
    WD6400AAKS 700

    ELT500AWT (got that)

    Thermaltake Matrix VX VD3000BWA 700

    and only getting 1 8800GTS, I see no reason for two with the games I play. beside. 8800GTS is a pretty decent card from what I can read.

    anything I am missing? beside that I still don't know if the motherboard got a optical or coax output for my sound system? :/
  7. The problem with nVidia-based motherboards is that when overclocking they tend to be less stable than P35 or X38 motherboards. If you want two
    video cards you don't have a choice, you need an nVidia motherboard. BTW, by "nVidia motherboard" I mean any 750i or 780i, including the Asus P5N-D
    or XFX 780i or similar MBs made by eVGA. If you only want one video card, it's cheaper to go with a P35, in general, and you get better stability too.

    So, basically, you need to decide if you want SLI (and get the P5N-D or XFX 780i or whatever with a 750i or 780i chipset), or not (and look at GA-EP35-DS3R,
    aBit IP35 Pro, Asus P5K or P5E, GA-EX38-DS4). Check them out and see which one has all the features you want. For example I have no idea which of them
    have the coax output for sound, and I got to get back to work. You check them when you have some time. I don't know how important that is. I think my
    GA-P35C-DS3R has it but I'm not using it. I just connected my Z-5500s to the X-Fi using the cable that came with the speakers.


    Edit: never mind, I didn't see your post above this one.
  8. Lunale said:
    on the PSU is say:
    totally 32A 382W

    my setup atm is:
    Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz (Wolfdale) Box 1300

    GA-EP35-DS3R 800

    Asus GF 8800 GTS 1600

    Corsair XMS2 Xtreme Performance - Hukommelse - 4 GB ( 2 x 2 GB ) - DIMM 240-pin - DDR II - 800 MHz / PC2-6400 - CL5
    WD6400AAKS 700

    ELT500AWT (got that)

    Thermaltake Matrix VX VD3000BWA 700

    and only getting 1 8800GTS, I see no reason for two with the games I play. beside. 8800GTS is a pretty decent card from what I can read.

    anything I am missing? beside that I still don't know if the motherboard got a optical or coax output for my sound system? :/

    Only 32A, from two rails of 22??? That's less than I thought. It' still fine for your system, no worries.
    And the 8800GTS is a VERY decent card, as long as you're careful to get the 512MB version and not the older/slower 640MB or 320MB.
  9. I know about that, that's why I will be getting the 512MB version, 100% sure the PSU won't be a problem? it will also be running:

    3 old HDD's
    1 DVD burner
    5 fans
    ontop of the current listed, (it's my old HDD's and such, going to move data and such over to the new, than most likely only run with 2 HDD's totally)

    rather be safe than sorry
  10. Yes you get the coax and optical outputs with the GA-EP35-DS3R.

    Here's a trick: go to, search for the parts you want to know about. Even if they won't ship to your country (or mine), they're still a great source of info.
    I hope they don't mind me using their site like that :)
  11. All right, then get yourself a 620HX PSU for example. That should give you better efficiency and room for upgrade. It will fit in the Thermaltake Matrix VX VD3000BWA, but you need to remove a mounting bar apparently. Read this:
  12. hm. I guess a Antec Nine Hundred - Tower - ATX case than, any trouble with space in that?
  13. No problems with that one. Good choice. Or the CoolerMaster 690, if the PC stays in the bedroom and you don't want lights.
  14. Antec Nine Hundred it is then, for PSU I take the
    OCZ StealthXStream 600w.

    max it will have to run beside cpu, gfx and all will be the 4-5 fans. 4 hdds and a dvd drive, after what I can see it should take that fine
  15. LOL, both your case and your PSU will have blue LEDs, they match. :)
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