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Will this power supply be enough for my rig?

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September 22, 2008 5:57:47 AM

Hi, so I have chosen this 1250w PSU because of how cheap it is for 1250w. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... What I'm wondering is if it will be enough to power my rig. Here's my specs:

780i mobo, but this might change
Quad Core Q9550 2.83 GHZ (plan to OC to around 3.3-3.5, nothing too big probably)
Triple GTX 280 OC editions in SLI
8gb DDR2-1066 RAM
300gb velociraptor 10k rpm HDD

So will 1250w be enough to power all this? Also, why is it so cheap for so much power? Similar 1200w ones go for $500+... is there something really bad about this PSU I should know about?

Thanks a bunch :D 

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September 22, 2008 6:20:12 AM

http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine
Says your system uses about 700 watts with everyone at 100% usage. I added extra fans and USB devices also... there is no need to get a 1250 watt PSU. Go for a 1000w and save some money. Cooler Master is a so-so brand in my experience when it comes to PSU's. I would go with a Corsair or a PC Power and cooling PSU if you want something of high quality. I'd say get this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 22, 2008 8:17:47 AM

What display are you planning to use? Extra performance from 3rd 280 is pretty small for what it costs. It would be cheaper to use an electric fire if you just want to heat your room. :D 

Mike
September 22, 2008 12:32:04 PM

Tri SLI with 280s!!!?? In some cases of poor driver support you get worse of a performance than dual SLI. Read this article before getting your 3rd 280. I am sure some driver updates have improved the performance a bit but still...3 GPUs are pretty worthless...specially if you are going with a graphics beast such as the 280.

Are you gaming at 2560x1600? Just curious. I think that you can put that money into something else like a Q9650 or a top end audio card or a 790i with DDR3 and get a lot more performance (*Edit: and upgrade potential) for your money. Maybe you don't have a budget but I would exclude your 3rd GPU and get better components that will make your system faster. Just my opinion. Also, don't skimp on the PSU quality. You will have tons of issues down the road with a high wattage system and a low grade PSU.

http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/1466/nvidia_geforce_g...

Edit: Here is a second review
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-280-sli-tripl...

"Alright, the conclusion really doesn't need to be very long. Money wise high-end SLI and 3-way SLI doesn't make much sense, and it never will. It's bragging rights, and only for very few of you with a 30" monitor actually a wish. See, the GeForce GTX 280 by itself already is a power house.

So as much as I'd like to validate the existence of setups like this, common sense always kicks back in and says: dude .. performance versus money wise you better do something else with your money. And that's the cold harsh truth. This setup as presented today doesn't make much sense when you relate it to the core cash you need to drop."
September 22, 2008 3:26:38 PM

Get PCPower and be happy
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