I've been looking to build a decent gaming rig. At first I was looking at the AMD Phenom II X4 840 until I found the Sandy Bridge I5-2400 which looked to be a huge upgrade for just a bit extra.
Couple questions, I'm looking on NewEgg and I can't find the power requirements for this, I'm wondering how many watt power supply this CPU would require? I've been looking at a 600 watt but not sure if it's too low.
Would I be seeing a significant increase in power getting the I5 over the 840?
Absolute Max power on a 2400 is 95 Watts. Many GPU's use more than that when idling.
You really need to know what other devices you will be using to determine your PSU needs. GPU, HDD's, case fans, etc.