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December 10, 2011 1:26:31 PM

Hello,
So I'm building a new PC:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K 3.30 GHz (I intent to overclock as high as I can without putting liquid cooling)
MB: ASRock Z68 Pro3
GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti OC (at 900Mhz)
RAM: 2x4 GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600
HDD: my old 320 GB Sata2 (maybe I'll add a 1TB sometime next year)

After these there's not much left in my budget so I am unsure what kind of PSU to get, without spending too much for power I won't need.
I am considering a 520W Seasonic S12 II Bronze. Would that be enough or would I have to go 600W?

Also, what kind of case would you put these in? I don't care how it looks, I'd just like something relatively cheap, but with the proper airflow for the rig.

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a b ) Power supply
December 10, 2011 1:29:19 PM

500W is enough one card. 700W for SLI.

Edit: case: I'm currently in love with Fractal Design cases. They're not they cheapest but IMO the quality is higher than the midrange price would suggest ;) 
December 10, 2011 2:36:32 PM

nVidia recomends a 500W PSU for use with the 560 Ti. You don't state whether it's a 448 core edition or not, but either way if you plan to OC you may want to step up to 550 or 600W to make sure everything runs smoothly. The price isn't that much different typically and your better off with extra headroom than riding the edge and killing your PSU as a result.

On a budget I'd go for something like the Corsair CX600 which can currently be had on the newegg for $60. If you don't mind spending a bit more I'd spring for one of the TX series PSU's instead (TX650 is currently $85 on newegg).
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December 10, 2011 3:51:28 PM

Where do you shop(country)?
December 10, 2011 4:10:21 PM

No SLI, no Crossfire, just the one 560Ti. It's not the 448 core edition.
How about a 620W Seasonic S12? Or are Corsair just better? From what I gathered they're both good.
I live in Bulgaria, so sadly newegg is not an option. But there are enough local retailers for me to choose from.
Though Fractal Design don't seem very popular, I've only seen a couple of models. How about CoolerMaster cases? They seem to be everywhere here, cheap and expensive. Or are they a bad choice?
a b ) Power supply
December 10, 2011 4:17:26 PM

The 520w Seasonic would be more than enough for a single GTX560Ti.
a c 154 ) Power supply
December 10, 2011 4:18:16 PM

The XFX Core edition 650 will cost ya $60 and it gets a 9.5 jonnyguru rating. The TX650 V2 gets the same rating but it's loud and costs much more. Given the pricing of comparable quality PSU's from 500-650, I can't see getting smaller

As for the case, there's some real bargains at present

$40 for Illusion is insane
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$90 for 902 V3 is a real bargin, normally $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$115 for the 500R is a great price for such a well reviewed case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a c 275 ) Power supply
December 10, 2011 4:21:35 PM

Either the 520/620 Seasonic units are great choices.
The HAF 912 offers alot of features and flexibilty for the price.
December 10, 2011 5:10:42 PM

If you are planning to overclock your parts i would recommend a 700W PSU, just make sure to get it from a good brand. Crosair is a really good one.
December 10, 2011 5:49:06 PM

Apparently, no one here sells XFX PSUs. The 620 Seasonic is $90 ($85 for the 520) and that's the lowest I could find. I can live with that.
No luck on the Illusion either (or sold out), but I'll keep looking. There's the Two Hundred available for $81. Is it good?
The HAF 912 looks good, it's $112. I could stretch to that and I'll keep it in mind, in case there's no better option.
(you can see why I wish newegg shipped to the EU)

I'm looking at some Centurion 5 II or Thermaltake Element T (both around $75) or Thermaltake Spacecraft VF I ($80), would those be enough? Or am I pushing too far down the price range?
a c 275 ) Power supply
December 11, 2011 12:31:15 AM

Go with the 620w Seasonic.
You won't find an Antec Illusion(Newegg exclusive) the 300 is available though.
If the 300 cost too much, the 100 is similar.
December 11, 2011 9:15:37 AM

Neither the 300, nor the 100 are available. And I'm guessing that's a no on the Centurion 5 ii?
I may go with the 912 after all. Also, for the same price, I can get a Storm Scout or a 690 II Basic for a little less. Which of the three you think would be best?
a c 275 ) Power supply
December 11, 2011 1:22:25 PM

LordNosfy said:
Neither the 300, nor the 100 are available. And I'm guessing that's a no on the Centurion 5 ii?
I may go with the 912 after all. Also, for the same price, I can get a Storm Scout or a 690 II Basic for a little less. Which of the three you think would be best?

Cases are a personal choice at the end of the day.
Imo the 690II is a really good case,i replaced a 300 with one.
The 912,SS,and 690II are better then the Centurion.
The 912 and 690II offer the best cooling(options)and flexibility.
December 11, 2011 7:33:04 PM

After some pondering, I decided on the 690II. I like how it looks. Thank you and everyone else for the advice. :) 
a c 275 ) Power supply
December 12, 2011 4:28:52 AM

LordNosfy said:
After some pondering, I decided on the 690II. I like how it looks. Thank you and everyone else for the advice. :) 

Nice case you won't be disappointed!
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