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$1500 new build (Power supply/HD questions)

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December 12, 2011 5:33:00 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: December 2011-January 2012 (Will be building it in early January)

Budget Range: ~$1500 (Includes everything hardware-wise - monitor, keyboard, mouse, computer system, and sound system) will spend more if needed though

System Usage: Mainly gaming

Parts Not Required: None, everything is needed but the OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Canadian website, especially Memory Express (local company)

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: See below

Overclocking: Yes, but only using motherboard features (TPU - The Ultimate Turbo Processor)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe with a future upgrade

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)

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Parts Already Purchased:

Case (~$180)

Cooler Master HAF 932 Advance Full Tower Case (http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item...)

Processor (~$340)

Core i7-2600K (http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX31558)

Motherboard (~$175)

P8P67 Rev 3.1 (http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX36366)

Video Card (~$180)

Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 (http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX36791)


Parts Still Deciding On:

Power Supply (~$100)

How much power do I need? Given that I might twin the video card and add more memory sticks, hard drives and optical drives in the future....

Memory (~$50)

Looking at 8 GB (2 x 4 GB sticks) now and doubling that in the future. I plan to go with Corsair Vengeance

Storage (~$30)

Quite confused right now with the high price of mechanical hard drives. I need a lot of storage and wanted to get a Western Digital 2 TB Caviar Black 7200rpm SATA III w/ 64MB Cache, which is quite pricey right now...Also interested in a solid state from the OS and programs.......

Optical Drive (~$30)

I want a DVD write at least , might get a Blu-Ray reader or writer

Monitor (~$300)

Looking for a 27" samsung, viewsonic, LG or similar quality brand

Keyboard and Mouse (~$30)

Just a basic wired optical mouse and keyboard

Speakers (~$50)

Something with good quality speakers and a subwoofer

Main question is what power supply will I require and comments and thoughts about SSD vs HDD, and if there are any compatibility issues with the components I have or intend to get.

Thanks!
December 12, 2011 5:53:06 PM

Single video card - a good 650 watt PSU. Two 6870's - a good 850. I'm partial toCorsairs.
December 12, 2011 8:13:28 PM

Actually a good 650W PSU is plenty for a system with two 6870s.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4061/amds-radeon-hd-6970-...
6870 Crossfire Power Consumption:
Idle = 170W Load - Crysis = 415W Load - Furmark = 481W

XFX Pro 650W Core Edition 80Plus Bronze $100 ($30 rebate)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

If you can stretch your budget a bit and are willing to buy from newegg.ca then the Rosewill Capstone 650W is a Super Flower Golden Green based unit which is very nice.
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