Motherboard: EVGA P55 LE
Graphics: EVGA GTX260 Core 216
RAM:8GB(4 sticks 2GB DDR3)
Hard Disc Drives: 4(7200rpm)
Sound Card: Creative SB X-Fi Titanium
Additional PCI Cards: 2-3
Disc Drives: 2
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake BigWater
USB Items: 2-4
Front Bay Card Reader: 1
Front Bay LCD: 1
With this in mind, I've been doing loads of research on the net. Checking a few websites for a proper PSU. I've gotten anywhere from about 450-680 Watts. The PSU I'm looking at is 550Watts. Can anyone help me choose a proper PSU? The Wattage and any companies to avoid, any to consider? Thanks.
I think you'd be ok with 550 watts. I usually have a tendency to way over do it as far as PSU's go, because I just don't like stressing them. As far as brands go, Corsair makes a very solid PSU in my opinion. This one is a very nice PSU for the price point:
Yeah. I figured, why not add some style to it. I was hoping to get the acrylic PSU, but I had second thoughts about it. I think I'll trust the consensus on this post and go with another PSU.
Saw the Corsair and I like the fact that the cords are nylon (At least that's what it looks like).
The GTX260 requires two 6-pin pci-e power connectors, and a 500w psu with36 amps on the 12v rails.
A QUALITY psu will be able to deliver the required power to each such connector, and do it continuously(not peak) at 40c(not 25c)
The Corsair 550VX(41a) will do that easily.
Other quality units come from Antec, PC P&C, Seasonic, to name a few.
What case are you looking at? I hope it is not one of those acrylic monstrocities that match the psu?
You need a case with good cooling.
Some other suggestions:
1) Ditch the sound card. Onboard HD sound is very good. You can always add a sound card later.
2) Consider a decent tower type air cpu cooler. It is cheaper, simpler, and just as effective. Liquid coolers are for record seeking overclockers.