Looking for a durable gaming PSU

Hello everyone!

I m planning on purchasing an msi 560gtx graphics card (don't know which specific model yet, but i insist on an msi card cause i m very pleased so far) and I d' like to know what you suggest for a descent psu that my system can handle)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE of the custom pc: (18/5/2009) BUDGET RANGE for PSU: (EUR 80-100)

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Gaming [Battlefield 3, high end games], watching movies)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: (e.g., msi n250gts-md1g-oc ddr3 and Coolermaster 460W RS-460-PCAP-A3)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS]: (Motherboard:X58-pro, Processor:intel Core i7-920, Speed:2.66GHz 8MB LGA 1366 CPU, RAM:3x2 DDR3 1600)


MONITOR RESOLUTION: ( 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (I m planning on changing my benq 22" monitor to a 24" maybe.

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  1. I'm a big fan of Corsair power supplies. Take a look at the 750 watt units.
  2. I got this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207015 and it's running like a freaking dream, man. Like the guy above me said, I would go for a 750 watt solution for your setup as well. Especially if you ever plan to SLI those 560 badboys together. However, given the sale on Corsair gear right now, and with the rebate...I'd go with this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021 and save $20 and get virtually the same PSU with great product support as well (though I've heard better things about XFX's support, I've never personally dealt with them so I can only speculate)
  3. Before you choose your power supply you must choose first the graphic card, then decide if you really want a SLI or CF config.

    If I was you I´d get a brand new Nvidia card to work with your actual card in SLI, so that you can use your actual card for PhysX.
  4. The OP said a GTX 560. Even if SLi is in the future, a 750 watt power supply should be more than enough for 2 of them.
  5. The OP actually said: "don't know which specific model yet, but i insist on an msi card cause i m very pleased so far". Then "SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe".

    From the above I infer the OP isn´t sure about what to get yet.
  6. Yeah but a Corsair 750TX is going to have the juice for SLI. I'm running that PSU with CF 5850s (20%+ OC), GT 240 for PhysX, 3 HDDs, an SSD, a sound card, an overclocked i5 750, 8 gigs of RAM, a fan controller, 10 fans, and a water pump :)

    OP: anything in the 750W+, $120+ range will be a really solid PSU. Look for a sale and you can get an awesome PSU - it is Black Friday afterall.
  7. Thanks a lot people. I m starting to narrow down my decision. I ll probably go with the single card solution the gtx 560 Ti. I think i currently don't want to go SLI, so would a 650W corsair PSU do the job? What about the factory OC from MSI? Will the 650W handle the overclock? Also i d' like to know the drawbacks of using an 650W PSU instead of a 750W with this setup. Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks again!
  8. 650W is plenty for single card, including huge overclocks. I wouldn't suggest going SLI on 650W - I'm sure it will work, but it will run the PSU much harder/hotter when under load. Other than limiting you adding a second card, it won't really have any negative impact.
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