I'm kinda new to the whole build it yourself, and I was just gonna upgrade a couple parts and now it has turnt into a whole new system, so got a few questions, but first (here is what I ordered so far, can still be canceled since I just ordered most of it if theres a reason to cancel and change something).
Ram: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Video Card: GTX 480
Main purpose of the system is for gaming. I'm now planning to order a 2nd gtx 480 but I need some advice.
a.) I know nothing about 64-bit and what makes a system 64-bit. Will this system be 64-bit? assuming I install a 64-bit version of windows of course?
b.) What power supply should I get? My current OCZ 600watt power supply surely will not handle 2 gtx 480 gpu's
In case you need to know what else will be on the system power wise, there will be a sound card, a dvd burner a blu-ray burner, nvidia 3d glasses/rf emitter, 3 monitors (dont think monitors consume power from computer but just in case). and other then that I can't think of anything besides 6-8 usb items that could be plugged in at any given time.
You need a 1000W power supply to safely run GTX480's in SLI. Just one uses around 375. You'd really be pushing an 850w. I have a Kingwin Mach1 1000w and enjoy it. The military style modular connectors plus good reviews is what did it for me. Also Corsair, Silverstone, Antec, & Thermaltake all make nice 1000W PSU's. And yes you can run the same chipset from diff vendors. I have 2 BFG GTX260/216's in SLI and they are set at diff clock speeds.