What's the best PSU for me?

I'm looking to upgrade my PSU as I've just bought a Sapphire radeon HD 6870 and my 450W isn't up to it at all!

I'm looking to play games like battlefield 3 on it with a really decent frame rate but I'm not too bothered about ultra mega super high settings.

I have in my case currently:
1 X SATA 500GB HDD
1 X Optical DVD/CD drive (I think SATA as well)
2 X 4GB RAM chips (8GB RAM)
1 X 4.2GHz AMD FX 4170 Quad Core Bulldozer Processor
1 X Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 (I haven't turned the PC on since putting this in as I don't wanna risk putting my PSU out in seconds)
1 X Dell ST2220M 22" HD Widescreen (wasn't sure whether to include it but here it is)

I want a relatively decent set up, but now all I need is the PSU to power it. From my inexperienced research I've seen corsair, XFX, Seasonic and Silverstone (bit pricey) are the decent makes but which one is the better one and at a decent price. Obviously I want 500W + but I'm aiming for 550-600 just to make sure I don't end up with a black wall and a large hole in my case!

Might be worth adding this link in (http://support.amd.com/us/certified/power-supplies/Pages/listing.aspx) it's AMDs list of PSUs thata are compatible with the graphics card

Thanks for your time and opinions
Alex
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  1. The Corsair TX650 Enthusiast Series will be a very good choice
    http://support.amd.com/us/certified/power-supplies/Pages/details.aspx?item=111

    Also the GX 550 from cooler master will be just fine
    http://support.amd.com/us/certified/power-supplies/Pages/details.aspx?item=499

    If you are planning to crossfire, the Corsair TX 750 will be very good choice....lower will do the job, but you will have room to go.....
  2. Agree with the corsair and the coolmaster, here is a couple more to think about as well:

    Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 650W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design $89
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182132

    SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular $89
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095

    CORSAIR Gaming Series GS600 600W $89
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139023
  3. cheers guys, having a look into the first 2 and they seem pretty decent, I'll have a look at the latest 3 now as well :)

    would anyone recommend the best one out of those 5?

    Thanks
  4. Well if i were to choose, i would take the CORSAIR Gaming series GS600 which avenseth12 mentioned if you are on budget, but if you can handle more 10$ i would definitely go with the CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 :)
  5. I'll see if I can stretch my money, I'm in the UK so I might be able to find a sneaky deal somewhere but who knows

    Thanks for everyone's help so far :D
  6. XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply £49.99
    http://pcpartpicker.com/mr/amazonuk/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9
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  7. SilverStone Strider (ST75F-P) 750W, Silver Plus efficiency, fully modular, quiet and very stable. Also comes as 500W and 600W.
  8. would the 600W Silverstone be better than the corsair TX650? it's only £7 more expensive

    Also, in respect to the XFX, it's only £50 as opposed to £70 for the TX650, not sure what would be the better option. However, if the silverstone is better than the TX650 then I'll "compare" that against the XFX for price/quality and see which would be best to get

    Thanks once again :p
  9. Scadandy said:
    I'm aiming for 550-600 just to make sure I don't end up with a black wall and a large hole in my case!

    Nothing is ever certain, you can get a lemon that blows up in your face even if you order a 1000W 80+ Platinum PSU for your ~300W system. The chances are at least hypothetically lower but they are still there.
  10. I see, I'll bear that in mind. Would you say I'm aiming in the right region for my rig or would you say 700W would be better?
  11. A good 450-550W PSU would be perfectly fine unless you plan to either SLI/CFX or upgrade to a dual-GPU card in which case you might want to bump it up to a good 650W.
  12. the PSU that came with my PC is a "Win Power Plus" 450 PSU claiming to be powerful but I have my doubts. Would that be alright to use? or would one of the above PSUs that have been suggested be more sutiable?

    and I'll be staying with the one GPU for the moment so SLI/CFX won't be a problem for now.
  13. Scadandy said:
    would the 600W Silverstone be better than the corsair TX650? it's only £7 more expensive

    Also, in respect to the XFX, it's only £50 as opposed to £70 for the TX650, not sure what would be the better option. However, if the silverstone is better than the TX650 then I'll "compare" that against the XFX for price/quality and see which would be best to get

    Thanks once again :p
    for future reference and similar questions have a look at: Power Requirements and Specs For Popular Graphic Cards Guide by SAAIELLO, you can find the 6870 there.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/279391-28-power-requirements-specs-popular-graphic-cards-guide the XFX i linked is fine for your needs it's also made by seasonic ;)
  14. Ah I see, thanks for the redirection :) this thread can be closed now, thanks for everyone's help, I never expected such a fast and helpful bunch of responses!
  15. Your very welcome! You can also use this as a reference to know which PSU are considered good or lemons lol http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
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