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How much power supply unit is needed for i7 pc

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February 1, 2010 11:42:39 AM

i am building my pc.I choose i7 920 radeon maxim's III gene motherboard,3-4 fans,2chip ddr3 ram and other common things.how much watt power supply i need...pls help Me
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February 1, 2010 11:51:32 AM

It all depends upon your GPU
You didn't mention it
If it is from 58xx series then, 550W, a good quality one, would be enough
If it is from 57xx series then, 500W, will be enough
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February 1, 2010 12:03:49 PM

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February 1, 2010 12:27:00 PM

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 power a system with any single video card made. A high quality 700 to 750 watt power supply with sufficient current (amps) on the +12 volt rail(s) can power a system with two video cards operating in dual mode. There are a few exceptions like the new ATI Radeon HD 5XXX series cards which use less power due to their energy efficiency.

A high quality 500 to 550 watt psu will have a +12 volt rail rated at 40 amps. A high quality 700 to 750 watt psu will have a +12 volt rail rated at 60 amps.

In addition the power supply should be at least 80+ Bronze certified for energy efficiency. There are some models available which have achieved 80+ Silver and 80+ Gold Certifications.

Before purchasing a new psu you will need to decide whether you will eventually have a pc with one or two video cards.

Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, and Seasonic are some of the brands that have a reputation for high quality power supplies that consistently earn high marks in technical reviews. They are reliable, stable, and come with a 5 year warranty. Some of the newer models come with a 7 year warranty. Lately we've been seeing a few other brands offering some high quality units. One example would be the Antec Earthwatts series which is a major improvement over Antec’s older psu’s like the Basiq models.
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