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Need help choosing a PSU , having big trouble! Thanks!

Hi, really don't know getting 2 different opinions and not sure what to choose.

so here is my build:

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156223
CPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125353
HDD: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148681
MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233198

I'm not trying to spend much , like not over $70, someone says, 550W is plenty , and another says , it's just enough so i should get 620W's , but it'll cost more... So i dont know, if i were to get the 620W i would get this : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207014 ( but it's over 100 so i dont want to get it :(.. )

Help is really appreciated! Thanks in advance!
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  1. This is what I'd get if I was buying a PSU this week - 600W by Corsair for $39.99; really one of the best deals I've seen in a long time.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028&Tpk=corsair%20cx600

    Also, I'd double-check a few things before you order. Some of your links are from the US Newegg and some are from Newegg in Canada. I also do not think you need 16GB of RAM unless you're a professional photo or video editor; half that will be fine. (and if you're going for DDR3-1600, try for 7 or 8 latency instead of 9 - something like this maybe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226178 )

    And though price may be a consideration, read up on Sandy Bridge vs. Bulldozer CPUs before you buy. I am historically as big a fan of AMD as you'll find, but their Zambezi processors really did a bellyflop. Most will tell you the i5-2500k is the processor to get, even though it'll cost you an extra $100. If that price is an issue, you'll get comparable performance (to the FX-4100) from Intel's dual-core i3-2320 and you can upgrade to an Ivy Bridge CPU in a year or two when you have the $$$
  2. newegg.ca is no worse then tigerdirect :)

    I would recommend finding a faster hard drive if you can. That drive has higher access times due to its 5900 RPM speed. Do not get me wrong they are not too bad at sequential read/writes but the accesses times(about 17ms vs 12-13 for many other drives) are not that great.

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  3. And check out this list, thanks to Commando (in another thread), to see where your choice may rank.
    http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
  4. ^-1 old outdated user submitted list!
  5. Yep. That list is outdated (just found out myself) :ouch:
    Here's one, deemed "ours", much more recent. Courtesy of Delluser1:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/322966-28-list-recommended-psus
  6. So do you not trust my opinion? lol

    But seriously, either get the XFX 650w or 750w davcon linked you to. That 750w is a pretty good deal (I probably should've checked NCIX haha). If you don't want to spend the extra $10 then get the 650w version. With your build, you won't even come close to using this much power (unless you decide to crossfire).
  7. I already bought the CPU, GPU, and the HDD so can't change that, and yes i do trust you jaked, i just got confused on the PSU. and i want to get the PSU from newegg.com so what should i get for there? since you said 550W is plenty then i guess ill get that so i can save a bit, or if you want me to get a 620W then link me one of those i guess.

    for the ram, should i not get the 16 gb, and get 8 to save $40?

    and taco the psu you linked has bad reviews, saying it died, so i really dont want that happeing.
  8. killermoe33 said:
    I already bought the CPU, GPU, and the HDD so can't change that, and yes i do trust you jaked, i just got confused on the PSU. and i want to get the PSU from newegg.com so what should i get for there? since you said 550W is plenty then i guess ill get that so i can save a bit, or if you want me to get a 620W then link me one of those i guess.

    for the ram, should i not get the 16 gb, and get 8 to save $40?

    and taco the psu you linked has bad reviews, saying it died, so i really dont want that happeing.

    These should be plenty:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104173
  9. ya i gues ill get 8 gb of ram but ima get the same type and all but the vengance ones, but now i need a PSU, and not sure if i should get a different mobo so i can crossfire in the future. Will my GPU eventually get out-of-date and will need an upgrade?
  10. killermoe33 said:
    ya i gues ill get 8 gb of ram but ima get the same type and all but the vengance ones, but now i need a PSU, and not sure if i should get a different mobo so i can crossfire in the future. Will my GPU eventually get out-of-date and will need an upgrade?

    I got to admit I'm not all that familiar with AMD's but I think the mobo you picked is already crossfire capable. Asus makes a pretty good board. If you haven't been there yet check out this link:
    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/M5A97/#specifications the site has alot of useful info.

    As far as the life span of your GPU goes-for some people it's already out of date but for others it's all that they'll ever need. It's really a matter of personal choice and no one but you can make that call. The more experience you get the easier that call will be.

    While everybody has they're own "preferences" when it comes to psu's there are minimum requirements to consider. Generally, for your build, 500-600 watts should be plenty and any of the "name" brands will do. So go with the best price you can find. Now the question you have to ask yourself is will you need "more" in the future? AMD is pretty stingy when it comes to power usage lately and that's a good thing. That means if you stay with AMD GPU's (and they stay stingy) the newer cards won't require much more power than they do today. And your psu will last you through a few GPU upgrades. You don't want to pay for wattage that you'll never use but you don't want to have to buy another higher wattage psu 6-12 months down the road either. I've got a couple of builds we're still using with 10 year old Antec psu's. Again, unfortunately, only you can make that call because only you will determine when you want to upgrade your GPU. Good Luck with your build.
  11. Yes, just checked my mobo does support crossfiring, and i got suggested a 750W PSU for $110: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207015

    I'ma get this if no one can get me a cheaper one :l
  12. Best answer
    Well you certainly will be prepared for the future with that PSU. It's a good one and though they're the same price I'd probably get one of these instead:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027 (7 year warranty)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341041 (gotta love the red light)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=ks0et8epn6a0

    You won't go wrong with any of these or with the one you chose. :)
  13. The XFX 650W is sufficient for a pair of 6850s. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207014
  14. those are some really nice PSU's thanks for the input! :)

    is my mobo crossfire ready?
  15. killermoe33 said:
    those are some really nice PSU's thanks for the input! :)

    is my mobo crossfire ready?

    If you're referring to ASUS M5A97 AM3+ = the answer is no!
    2 (x16, x4)
  16. killermoe33 said:
    Hi, really don't know getting 2 different opinions and not sure what to choose.

    so here is my build:

    case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156223
    CPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996
    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125353
    HDD: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148681
    MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767
    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233198

    I'm not trying to spend much , like not over $70, someone says, 550W is plenty , and another says , it's just enough so i should get 620W's , but it'll cost more... So i dont know, if i were to get the 620W i would get this : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207014 ( but it's over 100 so i dont want to get it :(.. )

    Help is really appreciated! Thanks in advance!



    I just ordered the Antec NEO ECO 620C ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply for $54.99, there is a $20 rebate bring it $34.99. No tax, Free shipping.
    Today only use promo code EMCYTZT1291 to bring it from 70 to 55 before the rebate. It should be on par with the Corsair. Good luck with the build.


    http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/289860


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-TechBargains&cm_mmc=AFC-TechBargains-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA&Item=N82E16817371031

    http://www.antec.com/pdf/flyers/NeoEco620C_flyer.pdf
  17. thats a pretty cheap PSU and its good, but im probably going to get the 750W for $110.

    For the mobo should i upgrade? :l i wanted to be ready to get another GPU when mine cant handle games anymore.
  18. killermoe33 said:
    thats a pretty cheap PSU and its good, but im probably going to get the 750W for $110.

    For the mobo should i upgrade? :l i wanted to be ready to get another GPU when mine cant handle games anymore.



    That board looks good for now but the next generation of cards is PCI-E 3.0 x16
    http://videocardz.com/ati/radeon-7000/radeon-7870
    That board is last generation 2.0
    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/M5A97/#specifications
    Even the gigab 6850 you selected is PCI Express 2.1 x16, which will work fine, I have a 6770 2.1 in a 2.0 board but I'd find a 3.0 PCIe board for future upgrades.

    http://event.asus.com/2011/mb/PCIe3_Ready/

    btw: more psu stuff, these might help find how much wattage you need

    http://support.asus.com/powersupply.aspx

    and this can help you decide on a psu ( some of the "best" brands that many people swear by make some pretty crappy psu's and some of the "dog" brands make some pretty good ones, even in the same line of psu the xyz 550 deluxe is fantastic but the xyz 650 delux might be a dud)


    http://www.plugloadsolutions.com/80PlusPowerSupplies.aspx

    go get em killer
  19. teryakisuace said:
    That board looks good for now but the next generation of cards is PCI-E 3.0 x16
    http://videocardz.com/ati/radeon-7000/radeon-7870
    That board is last generation 2.0
    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/M5A97/#specifications
    Even the gigab 6850 you selected is PCI Express 2.1 x16, which will work fine, I have a 6770 2.1 in a 2.0 board but I'd find a 3.0 PCIe board for future upgrades.

    http://event.asus.com/2011/mb/PCIe3_Ready/

    btw: more psu stuff, these might help find how much wattage you need

    http://support.asus.com/powersupply.aspx

    and this can help you decide on a psu ( some of the "best" brands that many people swear by make some pretty crappy psu's and some of the "dog" brands make some pretty good ones, even in the same line of psu the xyz 550 deluxe is fantastic but the xyz 650 delux might be a dud)


    http://www.plugloadsolutions.com/80PlusPowerSupplies.aspx

    go get em killer
    PCIe 3.0 irrelevant right now; it's so new that it won't even be used to it's full potential anytime soon. Heck we still don't use all the bandwidth of PCIe 2.0! So the upgrade really isn't worth it, at least for right now.
  20. thanks tery, and jaked thanks, but what i wanted is too upgrade my mobo so it has 2 x16 slots , so its crossfire ready. Cuz i might crossfire in the future, hope you can find me a good one :) Thanks!
  21. killermoe33 said:
    thanks tery, and jaked thanks, but what i wanted is too upgrade my mobo so it has 2 x16 slots , so its crossfire ready. Cuz i might crossfire in the future, hope you can find me a good one :) Thanks!
    Your looking at a maybe 2-3 fps upgrade if you go from x4 to x16.

    Here's a few videos if you don't believe me:
    - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFMzRZqFh-w
    - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSfifE2Domo
  22. killermoe33 said:
    thanks tery, and jaked thanks, but what i wanted is too upgrade my mobo so it has 2 x16 slots , so its crossfire ready. Cuz i might crossfire in the future, hope you can find me a good one :) Thanks!

    You could always just get this and be done with it:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131736
    though putting an FX cpu on this board is kind of sacrilegious. Like putting a G530 on a Maximus. You guys do remember that this system discussion is based on an FX cpu right? And not even the "good" FX cpu? :D
  23. Thanks jacked ill stick with that board then! but ill still be able to crossfire right? :D and chaz is my cpu actually bad? :(
  24. killermoe33 said:
    Thanks jacked ill stick with that board then! but ill still be able to crossfire right? :D and chaz is my cpu actually bad? :(
    Yes you''ll still be able to crossfire. And no your cpu isn't bad. It got an honorable mention for best gaming cpu for the money this month, right behind the i3-2120 for their price range...
  25. aha thanks again!
  26. Best answer selected by killermoe33.
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