New Build, not sure about the Power Supply draw

Hi all! So I finally built a new rig. I'm on a budget, but wanted to get something I really wanted and would last for several years. I'll link up to what I bought, and then post my questions/concerns at the end.

Case: Cooler Master HAF http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-M Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131786
CPU: i5 2500k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
Main Storage: 120GB SSD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227726
Side storage: 160GB I had lying around ( I don't keep much on this computer)
RAM: 8 GB 2133 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231476
PSU: 600 Watt http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817822013
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master 212 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

I'm debating about the video card...

I'm either thinking of an XFX 6870 2GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150563
or the same thing in a 1GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561

I'm not sure if needing the GPU to have both 6-pin cables will draw too much power from my 600 watt PSU. All in all I've have paid (before the graphics card) a grand total of about 650.00 - Gotta love sales!

I want to know general thoughts, and whether or not the 600 Watt PSU is enough to add that 2GB GPU, or if I even need the 2GB GPU, I think I could live with the 1GB version. I mostly am wanting Skyrim/BF3 on Ultra, I also play Arkham City, and the Dawn of War 2 series...
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  1. i'd recommend getting a smaller ssd and getting a better vid card like a 6950.
    that is a terrible psu, get a corsair/antec/seasonic psu, 650w or 750w for future cfx.
    get 1600 mhz ram, theres hardly any performance difference.
  2. mr_disco said:
    Hi all! So I finally built a new rig. I'm on a budget, but wanted to get something I really wanted and would last for several years. I'll link up to what I bought, and then post my questions/concerns at the end.

    Case: Cooler Master HAF http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-M Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131786
    CPU: i5 2500k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Main Storage: 120GB SSD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227726
    Use a Crucial, Intel or Samsung since you need the best dependability given it's your main drive. NOt the OCZ
    Side storage: 160GB I had lying around ( I don't keep much on this computer)
    Sata?
    RAM: 8 GB 2133 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231476
    this ram is 1.65v and won't play with your setup. You need 1.5v and please consider low profile for clearance reasons
    PSU: 600 Watt http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817822013
    Junk. Get a Corsair, Seasonic or other quality 80%+ efficiency bronze or better. Your proposed psu will not do the job
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master 212 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    I'm debating about the video card...

    I'm either thinking of an XFX 6870 2GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150563
    or the same thing in a 1GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561
    The 1gb will do the job. The 2gb won't do much and is not worth the cost

    I'm not sure if needing the GPU to have both 6-pin cables will draw too much power from my 600 watt PSU. All in all I've have paid (before the graphics card) a grand total of about 650.00 - Gotta love sales!

    I want to know general thoughts, and whether or not the 600 Watt PSU is enough to add that 2GB GPU, or if I even need the 2GB GPU, I think I could live with the 1GB version. I mostly am wanting Skyrim/BF3 on Ultra, I also play Arkham City, and the Dawn of War 2 series...
  3. You probably wont have great fps on ultra but you should be fine on high settings with bf3. a 600 watt psu will be fine but if you ever want to crossfire two 6870's you would probably be better off with a 750w. Also i would definitly get rid of that diablotek PSU. There garbage and a psu isnt something you should go cheap on. I would get the 2 gb if you going to be running on a high resolution. Also be careful buying RAM with the tall heatsinks its doesnt fit with the 212 cpu cooler.
  4. Thanks for the quick response, the secondary drive is indeed SATA, but not SATA 6Gb/s. Can you explain what you mean by the ram being 1.65v and not playing with my system?
  5. Your PSU is the weak spot. Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371031
    Buy this RAM Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544 is low profile and you will not have problems when you install the cpu cooler.
  6. mr_disco said:
    Thanks for the quick response, the secondary drive is indeed SATA, but not SATA 6Gb/s. Can you explain what you mean by the ram being 1.65v and not playing with my system?

    intel mobos only support up to 1.5v ram
  7. Would this PSU be better? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153136

    Also, if I already bought the RAM :) Is it enough of a problem that I need to return it and get something with 1.5v?
  8. That power supply is much better than that Diablotek.
    You can keep your RAM but after you power your PC go in BIOS as set the memory voltage at 1.5V.
  9. you can keep the ram just make sure you install it before you install your CPU cooler to make sure it all fits.
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