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March 13, 2010 10:00:39 PM

Hi.

I was unable to find a PSU fourm, so i'm putting this here.

Is this PSU the best PSU i cna buy for 140$?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EDIT: Ok, I'm turning this thread from a New PSu thread into a new build.

I don't need a OS, or a Optical, or A moniter/speakers/keybord/mouse/HDD/RAM.

I outlined two options, one for 1400$, and one for 900$.

Option 1:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That build puts me at 1380$, Wich is a lot for me...


Option 2:
Same stuff as first build, but drop the combo (same thing but 5870 out) and drop second 5870.

Buy a 4870 x2 on ebay (new) for 250$-300$. to trifire with my 4870.

That puts me at 900, Wich i like a bit more.

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March 13, 2010 10:05:27 PM

Holy crap overkill.

Why do you need such a psu?
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March 13, 2010 10:08:24 PM

New build is prolly gonna be based of of a 4870 Tri, or maybe Quad fire and a i7-930 at 4.0ghz.

So I'm thinking the 950W Psu is a good idea, ATI recomends a 1000W psu for 4870 quadfire.

( I alredy have a 4870, so prolly gonna buy a 250$ 4870x2 for trifire)

So is that a good PSU for 140$?
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March 13, 2010 10:11:34 PM

It is a great PSU, but the bigger question what do you need it for. You could get a lower wattage PSU that could be better if your system doesn't need 950W.

Example, if your purchase an Antec 1200, the Antec CP-850 is a better PSU for less money.... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 13, 2010 10:13:05 PM

The CP-850 is better? Huh, I thought Corsair was the best. Also, I'm planning on Buying a Haf 922, not a Antec 1200 so the combo doesn't apply. Also the Cp-850 isn't compatible with the HAf 922. And yes, I'm goign to need most if not all of those 950Watts.

Heavy duty i7 oc, 4870 Quad or trifire, OC on Aftermarket/Liquid.

Edit: Anyways, here's what i was thikning for the build. ( 2 options)

Option 1:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That build puts me at 1380$, Wich is a lot for me...


Option 2:
Same stuff as first build, but drop the combo (same thing but 5870 out) and drop second 5870.

Buy a 4870 x2 on ebay (new) for 250$-300$. to trifire with my 4870.

That puts me at 800, Wich i like a bit more.
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March 13, 2010 10:29:06 PM

builderbobftw said:
The CP-850 is better? Huh, I thought Corsair was the best. Also, I'm planning on Buying a Haf 922, not a Antec 1200 so the combo doesn't apply. Also the Cp-850 isn't compatible with the HAf 922. And yes, I'm goign to need most if not all of those 950Watts.

Heavy duty i7 oc, 4870 Quad or trifire.

Yes, the cp-850 is a better power supply, but as you know it only fits in certain antec cases. The corsair hx are consider the best. The tx models are equal to the antec ea models. For your needs the 950 tx is your best option.
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March 13, 2010 10:31:52 PM

tecmo34 said:
Yes, the cp-850 is a better power supply, but as you know it only fits in certain antec cases. The corsair hx are consider the best. The tx models are equal to the antec ea models. For your needs the 950 tx is your best option.



Cool. Anyways, what do you think about the new build i outlined above.

Option 1:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That build puts me at 1380$, Wich is a lot for me...


Option 2:
Same stuff as first build, but drop the combo (same thing but 5870 out) and drop second 5870.

Buy a 4870 x2 on ebay for 250$. to trifire with my 4870.

That puts me at 800, Wich i like a bit more.

Edit: Option 2 comes out to like 900$ without combo.
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March 13, 2010 11:30:07 PM

Option 1 is the better option as two 5870's will out perform 3x 4870's but it isn't my money. My concern is how well the 4870 and 4870x2 will scale together in a build.

My recommendation would be go with Option 1 and drop the second 5870. A single 5870 will perform very well at 1920x1200, so there may be no need to purchase a second card. This will save you inital cash up front and get you closer to the $900 range of Option 2 with little decrease in performance, if any... :) 
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March 13, 2010 11:32:12 PM

Right, but the 4870X2 is faster than the 5870, and I have the choice between a 4870 trifire and a 5870, for 250$ and 400$, so I would be paying much more for much less prefromance.

I'm sort of leaning towards the 900$ Option 2 over the 1000$ Option 3 that you outlined.

Also, I'm a student so i have no time for a full time job, or even a part time job right now. I make most of my cash by more creative means. there is a computer "swap shop" (Dumpester lol) where people go to throw out old machines. I go there, pick up the machines. The more modern ones i bring to this once a month tech-show, where i sell them. The middling age ones i part and sell the motherboard son Ebay, lots of people pay good money to repair old p4 machines. The realy old ones a collect in bulkfor scarp, and sell to a freind of my dad who works in computer wholesaling/scraping. Every time i go to the tech show, I get like 500$ of sheer profit. There once a month, like 6 moths a year. The next one is 2.5months. So depending on wetehr I have the 900$ in my safe or not, i might have to wait a few months to build. But it think i have the cash left, and wether i will have to wait to sell the old build or just buy now. ( I bought a lot of Gold for my savings account after the price crash a month or two back)
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March 13, 2010 11:46:44 PM

Tri-fire 4870's = $250 and a Single 5870 = $420??

I'll go with the tri-fire setup for have the price :) 

Again, my concern is how the 4870x2 & 4870 will scale together since I never seen that combination in a build.
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March 13, 2010 11:49:01 PM

tecmo34 said:
Tri-fire 4870's = $250 and a Single 5870 = $420??

I'll go with the tri-fire setup for have the price :) 

Again, my concern is how the 4870x2 & 4870 will scale together since I never seen that combination in a build.


Uh, i already have a 4870 1gb, and the 4870 X2 i like 250$ used and 300$ new on Ebay. So the 4870 Trifire would be 300$-250$ for me, and the 5870 400$. ( they are so in demand that used cards sell above reatil on ebay).

So Is option 2 the way to go?

As for Scaling, the 4870X2 by itself beats the 5870, so even if the third GPU only gives me likes 1 fps more, it's still better.

Also, a lot of people use 4870 Quads, and it still beats the 58xx cards, so the 48xx is still fighting strong today.
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March 13, 2010 11:49:08 PM

Best answer selected by builderbobftw.
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March 14, 2010 4:22:13 PM

Bump, waht do you guys think of the MOBO, case?
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March 14, 2010 6:05:19 PM

builderbobftw said:
Bump, waht do you guys think of the MOBO, case?

The MOBO looks to good for your needs and the HAF 922 is a great mid-size case!
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March 14, 2010 6:19:27 PM

Allright. Should I stick with the 955, Or get a X2 555 and try to unlock the cores?

There's only a 50$ price difference and it's not a given that it will work...

Aslo, the 922 is full size advertised as Mid right?
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March 14, 2010 6:23:56 PM

I would stick with the 955 since there isn't 100% guarantee you'll unlock the X2 555 to four cores.

Yes... the 922 is a pretty much a full size acting like a mid size. :) 
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March 14, 2010 6:24:39 PM

Allright Good. So the 4870 Trifrie will fit in there?
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March 14, 2010 6:26:08 PM

Yes... You are running a 4870x2 and 4870 so actually it is really a two card setup.
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March 14, 2010 6:35:21 PM

Ok good. TY for all the help!
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