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How many W will I need?

First things first, I know there's a calculator out there which tells you how many watts you will need to run a computer, but I found it quite confusing, and it didn't seem to give me the information I was expecting (I know nearly nothing about PSUs).

Okay, so, here's my set up excluding a case and a PSU):

HDD: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136767

GFX Card: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150516

Mobo: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138325

RAM/CPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.695739

Here's the case/PSU combo I was looking at:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.694167

However, after reading several negative reviews about the PSU, I don't think I want to go with that one. Any suggestions would be great.
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  1. My first choices in PSUs would be Seasonic or PC Power and Cooling.

    The PSU calculators at the links below are not too difficult to use. The first is real easy while the second is more accurate as you can plug in all your hardware.

    http://images10.newegg.com/BizIntell/tool/psucalc/index.html

    http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
  2. Well I'm running a similar setup to you with the Antec 380w PSU, but I'd recommend the bigger brother to start with.
    Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    That would be the lowest I'd go with your setup. If you want a bit of upgrade room on the PSU, try this:
    Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    If you stick with Antec/Seasonic/PCP&C/Corsair PSU's you should be just fine. I'd recommend any of them at 400w or better for your setup.
  3. i wouldn't go lower than a 550w from a good manufacturer, however I'd just get one of the around 600w ones. Look for antec, corsair, seasonic, or silverstone. A psu is the last place you want to cut corners, poor system stability or worse can happen real easy with the bargain ones.
  4. lunyone said:
    Well I'm running a similar setup to you with the Antec 380w PSU, but I'd recommend the bigger brother to start with.
    Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    That would be the lowest I'd go with your setup. If you want a bit of upgrade room on the PSU, try this:
    Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    If you stick with Antec/Seasonic/PCP&C/Corsair PSU's you should be just fine. I'd recommend any of them at 400w or better for your setup.


    These PSUs look great, however, I'm in Canada and will be ordering from newegg.ca, and they're a bit more expensive there.

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371034

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371035

    having said that, I was looking at this one:

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256071

    How does that look?
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    The Silverstone PSU looks quite beastly for your needs, but has 80+ rating and a 5 yr. warranty, which is good too :)
  6. lunyone said:
    The Silverstone PSU looks quite beastly for your needs, but has 80+ rating and a 5 yr. warranty, which is good too :)


    Cool, I think I'll go with the 500W Antec, it'll save me a bit of cash with the free shipping and lower cost. Thanks!
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