I am building my first system, and would like a decent power supply that will not die on me during the first two weeks
While I know the basics and which ones are better than others, my main concern is:
1. getting something that will power the components
2. getting the best bang for my buck
That being said, I've purchased at ASRock 870 Extreme 3 motherboard, and a AMD PhenomII 955 Black Edition processor. I am also planning on having one Radeon 5850 GPU, with 4gb of ram and one 7200 rpm hard drive.
What do you guys recommend? I am in America, and welcome your suggestions!
You can go for a 650tx if you plan to stick with the one 5850.
If you're looking into adding 5850s in the future, I'd go with the 950tx (I have this - see signature). Yeah. I'd just skip right over the ones in between. Once you add another 5850, you'll want to add another. That's my reasoning for the skip-over.
The 950tx ($150-$10rebate=$140 on newegg these days) has 3 pairs of 6-pin PCIe connectors. Each pair can power one 5850, 5870, 580, etc... The lesser wattage supplies have two pairs of these connectors. I am really liking the 3 5850s. If you ever want to add on, plan for it.
The PSU is the easiest component to take for granted, yet the most important in my opinion. It's a great feeling when you know you don't have to worry about the power and that you have sufficient wattage for just about anything.