Due to my rather sketchy power supply, (Orion 585watt. *** is Orion?) I've been meaning to get it replaced. Being a softy for aesthetics, I've looked at cool-looking LED PSUs. I've yet to find a nice LED that is ALSO modular with nice UV sleeving, but I digress;
The one above is a very killer-looking box. However, I'm very skeptical about PSUs because if anything is bound to fail, it's a PSU. Naturally, I've looked at a few reviews and they seem good, yet slightly outdated. I wanted some feedback I could trust (Namely, you guys.)
I know you'll recommend me something more reputable, but my Thermal take Armor Jr has very little room to pass wires in back so I'm doomed to have some cables showing in front, and If they're gonna show, well, might as well have cool green ones, right?
I'm rambling now. Basically, what I'm asking, is will this be sufficient to power my rig with some headroom to spare? Taking into account my liberal overclocking ways.
First lets take a look at the power requirements of the HD 4870 video card:
500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75 watt, 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended
600 Watt or greater power supply with four 75 watt, 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode.
if you are only going to use one 4870 video card, then a high quality 500 to 550 watt power supply is more than sufficient.
The high quality Corsair VX550 would be an appropriate choice if you are only going to install one video card. It can easily power a pc system with any single video card made. If for convenience sake you want a modular power supply, then the Corsair HX520 would be an appropriate choice. HX520 availability is somewhat limited.