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September 15, 2009 5:04:01 AM

Hi there.

I'm intending to get myself a Core i5 with a small Gigabyte P55-UD4 mobo. Nothing special. GTS 250 Vcard, Xfi Audio, few HD's, Blu-ray and DVD-RW.

My question is: How big'a PS do i need to buy for this stuff? Would 550W be enough? Should i go for more power?

If so, what would you guys recommend.


Thank you in advance...


JC

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September 15, 2009 5:46:17 AM

550W PSU is more than enough...Just make sure you get it from a high quality manufacturer...
Even an Antec EA 500 would suffice and can handle even more powerful graphic cards...
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September 15, 2009 6:08:22 AM

The general rule of thumb is a high quality 500 to 550 watt power supply with sufficient current (amps) on the 12 volt rail(s) can easily handle a system with any single video card made.

Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, and Seasonic are brands with a reputation for high quality psu's. They consistently earn high marks in Technical reviews. They are stable, reliable, and come with a 5 year warranty. The Antec Earthwatts EA-500 mentioned by gkay09 is also a very good power supply.
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September 15, 2009 6:08:28 AM

I'd love to get one of those "silent" models. I've been thinking 'bout the Cooler Master Silent Pro 550W one. Is it any good?

Thanks again for all the help.
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September 15, 2009 6:20:26 AM

Thank you very much. You've been really helpful. See you around.
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September 15, 2009 6:28:14 AM

You're Welcome! :) 
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September 15, 2009 4:25:41 PM

zipzoomflyhigh - I saw that this morning when I checked my email. Newegg.com sends me email notifications. I'm thinking it would be an excellent choice for a project I am thinking about doing - an energy efficient system that could also be a decent mid-level gaming pc.
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