Wondering what sort of PSU wattage I would need for my build. I calculated it earlier on extreme.outervision and arrived at 735 watts, but I had to make some approximations because not everything was listed (type of case fans and video card). Figured I would ask here just to be sure. Thinking of getting a 750 watt PSU. Would that be enough?
Motherboard:Asus P8z68-v pro/gen 3
Video Card: XFX Radeon 7950 Black Edition
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1tb
SSD: Crucial M4 128Gb
Case: Silverstone FT02
That assumes normal numbers of hard drives, fans, cpu, etc. Normally, those parts are in the 150w range.
The 7950 card itself can draw 75w from the slot, and 150w from the two 6 pin power connectors, so 500w is still a conservative number.
Other than price, there is no real downside to over provisioning the wattage a bit.
More importantly, buy a QUALITY psu.
If you buy Seasonic, Antec, PC P&C, XFX, or Corsair, you should be ok.
I pretty much agree with the previous posters. But keep in mind that the HD 7950 can draw up to 360W at peak load. (You'll probably never attain that, though) That translates into about 30A on the +12V rail(s). Be sure whatever PSU you purchase either has a single rail or split rails that can handle the current. Usually individual PCIe power cables are connected to different rails in split rail PSUs, so you can add them.