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Reuse old 600W PSU with new build?

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June 4, 2012 6:22:31 PM


I have a Enermax EG701AX-VE(W) (600watts) PSU that I'm hoping to reuse in a new computer build. I'd like to reuse as much as possible so I can allocate more finances towards the big 3 (CPU, MOBO, RAM).

I current have a 120GB SSD, and 3 other HDD, plus 2 DVD-burner drives, and an NVidia GeForce 8500GT video card.

I've never had any problems with the power supply, but nowadays I've seen PSUs with more than 600W. My current rig is painfully slow editing my GoPro videos, so it's time to upgrade.

I am contemplating a system based on the latest i7-3770 CPU. That being the case, I'd want a mobo ready for it.

So can I get away with reusing this PSU? And what mobo would work well with this CPU and my current video card, with room later to upgrade the video card when funds become available?

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June 4, 2012 6:28:42 PM

Sounds like the quality on that PSU is hit or miss for most people who reviewed on newegg.

But to answer the ?, yes you can reuse that PSU for a new build. 600 watts handles most SLi/Crossfire setups.
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June 4, 2012 8:05:19 PM

The Intel BOXDZ77BH55K looks like a good solution. I know Intel has computer management software that works best with intel mobo/cpu pairs, and this is the middle-ground option for intel mobo.

add in some RAM
32GB of 1600MHz Corsair RAM
What's with the dual-channel vs. quad-channel situation?

and I have the makings of a wicked new system... right?
June 4, 2012 8:07:19 PM

Quad channel is only LGA2011 but a quad channel kit will run in Dual channel.
June 11, 2012 1:25:52 AM

Best answer selected by Maxxell.