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How much watts? What kinda case?

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August 4, 2010 6:29:37 PM


I wanted to know how much watts you think i will need for my computer:

Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

EVGA GeForce GTX460 1024 MB DDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3

Asus P7P55 Deluxe Motherboard - LGA1156, Intel P55, ATX, Dual-Channel DDR3, Intel DMI, SLI, CrossFireX

I used PSU calculators and they said approximately 500 watts, but I'm not sure if that's quite enough.

And I would really appreciate it if you told me what brands are good for PSUs(I've heard crosair and coolermaster) and cases(also for this system full tower or mid tower).

Thanks in advance

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August 4, 2010 6:46:51 PM

You can probably run that setup without any overclocking with a good 550W PSU, but I would definitely recommend at least a 650W one, especially if you plan on using SLI. IF you think SLI is definitely in your future, it might be worth bumping up to a 750W.

As for brands, Corsair and Seasonic are at the top of the industry, and Antec and and XFX have excellent offerings as well. Coolermaster does have some good units, but they can be hit or miss sometimes. OCZ is a decent second tier brand, but only look to them if money is getting really tight.

Here are some options


As for cases, check out mid towers, particularly from Antec and Coolermaster, but also Lian Li. Cases are more personal, but good cooling is necessary (at least 2x120mm fans.

To start check out the Coolermaster 690 II (RC-692), Antec 300 or 900, and the Lian Li KC62 Lancool.

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August 4, 2010 6:52:02 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

Here are the GTX 460 system requirements:

GeForce GTX 460

Thermal and Power Specs:
Maximum GPU Temperature (in C) 104 C
Maximum Graphics Card Power (W) 160 W
Minimum Recommended System Power (W) 450 W
Supplementary Power Connectors 6-pin & 6-pin

The recommended PSU is for the entire syste. I would go with one of this two:

Corsair 650W is more that u need but maybe in the future u want add other GTX 460 for SLI.

Exist many good mid tower case that can handle all the components that u have just select the best for ur budget.

1- HAF922
2- Antec Three Hundred Illusion

Both HAF and Antec are very good case.
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August 4, 2010 7:31:50 PM

What's your budget.? Do you have any special requirements or expectations with regards to the case.? What about multi GPU plans.?
August 6, 2010 5:31:35 PM

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