Hey guys, been browsing these forums and researching for quite a while. The biggest problem I have is deciding on how much power I need to run a system. I'd love to have a system with the new GTX 680. I haven't built a PC for about 12 years. so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also I plan on building a system for my brother in the future and would like to know if buying a retail version of Windows would be better then 2 OEMs. Any advice would be a great help. Also I have an External Hard drive, however I do not know if it is SATA, Could I forgo the HDD for storage?
Approximate Purchase Date: within a week
Budget Range: $1500 - $ 1700
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, general use,
Parts Not Required: keyboard, Monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Parts Preferences: Nvidia, Intel
Overclocking: maybe, after I read up on it some more
SLI or Crossfire: future
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 I believe
Additional Comments: I do not live near a Microcenter. Also do not know how much power I need for a single GTX 680. Would also like a nice large case for ease of installation, air flow, etc.
Wow, Knew they got more on the efficient but, not that efficient. wowowowow
If I remember correctly the 680 uses about 250W on 39 amps where the 580 and previous generations required double or triple that. I might be exaggerating a bit on the 7970 comparison but they're just as energy efficient but I don't think more so.