AMD Phenom II 955 BE or 965 BE (cant decide yet only $20 more for 965 BE)
ATi 5770 or 5850
4+GB DDR 3
dvd or br burner
add in Sound Card.
what Wattage and amp would be prefferable? Im thinking somewhere between 500-600w would be fine, amps I have no clue. My last psu I bought was a Enermax 485w Noisetaker which works fine for my current setup but I'm looking for a more efficient psu as that Enermax is 5yrs old. This will be going in a LanCool DragonLord PC-K62, with water cooling added later if that makes any difference in wattage for psu.
shadow did you honestly just suggest a raidmax with 26A on the 12V rail?
That PSU provides less power than the Corsair 400CX and comes with a worse reputation and warranty
Consider a PSU an investment, get a good one with a 5 year warranty, if you plan to CF then get a 750W(~60A on 12V rail), if you only plan on running a single card get a good 500-550W(~40A on 12V rail) unit, this keeps the PSU at moderate load which will provide the best efficiency and longest lifespan.
Here are the official power requirements for the ATI Radeon HD 5850 and HD 5870 video cards.
ATI Radeon™ HD5850 System Requirements:
PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard
500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75 watt, 6-pin, PCI Express® power connectors.
600 Watt or greater power supply with four 75 watt, 6-pin, PCI Express® power connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode.
ATI Radeon™ HD5870 System Requirements:
PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard.
500 Watt or greater power supply with two, 75 watt, 6-pin, PCI Express® power connectors.
600 Watt or greater power supply with four, 75 watt, 6-pin, PCI Express® connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode.
The power supply recommendations are for an entire pc system.
Corsair and Seasonic are two 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.
I do plan on adding a 2nd gpu later so yes overkill in the beginning but not after i'm done. A CF setup right off the bat is a lil more than I want to spend atm, that PSU gives me a lil head room in the beginning to play with. Id rather have too much power than not enough when I go to add other devices later. And this PSU is 80plus Silver certified so it fits my efficency requirement too. It is kind of pricey though at $150.
I'll stick with the modular one. Gonna water cool the system a few months after it's built so I dont want all those extra cables in my way...and besides I suck at cable management. I can afford the extra $30 for an increase of 10% in efficiency, it should save me atleast that much in it's 1st yr of use.