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October 4, 2011 7:09:38 PM

Hello, I'm kind of new to building PC's and I would like to know how much wattage I should get. Also, if the parts are compatible with each other. (I already checked though.) And sorry if I'm posting in the wrong forums :-D
This PC will be mainly used for gaming and web browsing.

CPU: A Phenom ii x4 955 Black Edition Overclocked http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU aftermarket cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB 12800CL9D-8GBSR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 6870 HD-687A-ZHFC Overclocked http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU aftermarket cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Accelero TWIN TURBO Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 EVO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD7502AAEX 750GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec Nine Hundred http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Remind me if I'm missing anything. Anyway, in the future (not now) I might run Crossfire. How much wattage will that take as well?

Thanks!

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October 4, 2011 8:18:52 PM

I'm not convinced the aftermarket GPU cooler offers anything of value, have you searched for reviews?

You don't need a dedicated sound card unless you're running a studio. Onboard sound is great.

That system will make due with a quality 400W PSU. For XFire get 500-600W.
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October 4, 2011 8:35:31 PM

FinneousPJ said:
I'm not convinced the aftermarket GPU cooler offers anything of value, have you searched for reviews?

You don't need a dedicated sound card unless you're running a studio. Onboard sound is great.

That system will make due with a quality 400W PSU. For XFire get 500-600W.



From what I've read, it seems to be a pretty good cooler. And, I'll take out the Dedicated sound card.
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October 5, 2011 5:33:55 AM

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October 5, 2011 7:00:56 AM

Thanks for all the replies!

I'll probably be keeping this PC for more than a year, so should I get a 550w PSU or stick with a 500w PSU?

Thanks!
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October 5, 2011 1:12:27 PM

Get a 650W PSU such as XFX Core 650W. It will run crossfire as well.

Otherwise a 500W will do fine.
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October 5, 2011 9:22:03 PM

You know, that's a good idea. I'll probably upgrade in the future to Crossfire in probably a year, so a 500w will be sufficient for now.

Thanks for all the replies! I'm pretty satisfied and confident.
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October 5, 2011 9:22:22 PM

Best answer selected by danio64.
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