I'm running a i7 950 @3.7 GHZ, 6 GB mem, 5 HDDs, an optical drive, 3 case fans, and dual 5850's (@890/1220) on a Seasonic 650 watt P.S.
According to my 600 watt UPS I've not drawn over 480 watts yet during any part of Vantage.
Just my 2 cents.
That is impressive!
I think what ill do is when i get the motherboard ill do a little test run on my 585W PSU. Pop up a couple of heavy duty benchmark programs, play a PhysX game and see what happens. i know there's the slight chance i might just blow up my PC but i guess we will soon find out. If it restarts or goes blank ill just remove the PhysX card and let it be. Realistically the only time i should be stressing the PSU is while I'm playing a PhysX game that's utilizing the extra card.
Ok so from what I've read in local reviews you are very much correct on the Gigabyte PSU. Some even mention its a 460watt in actual fact. And there's no $%&$ing way I'm buying a new 700+ watt PSU for the same price as my new (second hand) mobo.... And i really don't think a 460watt will run my PC with the PhysX setup. Even if it does that is very much pushing it to the limits.
So was thinking of getting an additional 300Watt PSU for super cheap (if not free from a friend with a old PC lying around) and sticking the GTS250 solely on that? My PC isn't out in the open so not like anyone will even see it. I know its not the perfect setup but that should work right?
I'm very much a budget PC guy as PC's components are close to double the price they are sold for in US. Really cant afford a 700Watt.
You joke you might blow up your pc, but thats ok, then you want to make a informative decision. lol
You can't run 3 video cards on a questionable psu. That has only 1 6 pin connector.
Molex chains especially on cheapo psu's might effect power to your hard drives, or cause other problems. You don't want to do all that branchin/extensions to power 2 extra video cards. -
Your not planning on running 2 6870's are you. Just 2 video cards ?
Maybe 2 cards, but not 3.