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PSU and Thermal Paste question for new PC

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Last response: in Components
July 3, 2009 2:55:10 AM

Hey all, I was just wondering if the power supply I have in this build will be enough to run it all smoothly, without pushing it. Also, I've seen a lot of people with thermal paste in their build lists. What exactly is the use of this and will I need something like when I purchase mine? Thanks a lot guys


Memory: OCZ DDR3 PC3-10666 Platinum 3x2GB - $165.00
GPU: 2 X Sapphire Radeon HD4890 - $289
PSU: Corsair TX-750 750W Power Supply - $205
CPU Heatsink: Scythe Mugen 2 CPU Cooler - $79
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB - $90

Total: $828


CPU: Intel Core i7 920 1366pin-series - $390
Motherboard: G-B EX58-UD4P - $324
Case: CoolerMaster HAF 932 Case - $209
Optical Drive: SATA SONY - $39

Total: $962

Complete Total: $1790

More about : psu thermal paste question

July 3, 2009 3:22:33 AM

Hey matt, unless you'll be overclocking, you can make do with a 550W PSU :) 

Thermal paste is usually applied to the CPU, so that it better conducts heat towards the heatsink/fan assembly.
July 3, 2009 4:41:57 AM

Thanks for the reply mate :)  Yeah I will be doing some overclocking, hopefully getting the i7 to 3.2, maybe 3.6. Not sure how that will go yet, may be harder than I have read. Will see I guess! Thanks again. Will have to do some reading as to where to apply the paste :) 
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July 3, 2009 1:23:54 PM

There are many articles on the internet regarding how to apply thermal paste. Just remember, a little goes a long ways as you only want to fill the tiny crevases betwen the HS and PSU.
July 4, 2009 1:28:03 AM

Sorry.....HS and CPU.
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July 5, 2009 1:15:50 PM

Corsair 750TX - good unit. Very conservatively designed. Most other vendors would have called it a 1000 watt PSU. One of the other tech sites tested one. It stayed within specs past 900 watts before it electronically shut itself down.