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What PSU should I use for my build?

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Approximate Purchase Date:e.g.: This month or next month

Budget Range: under $1,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, music

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, and mosue

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Tigerdirect.com

Country: Guam

Parts Preferences: Whatever PSU is better

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Should I get a Z77 motherboard instead?**
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Case: HAF 912
CPU: i5 2500k
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4)
HDD: WD Caviar Blue 500GB @ 7200RPM
MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V LX or Z77?**
GPU: HD Radeon 7850
PSU: ???

= $880.92

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  1. One of my builds is almost a duplicate of what you picked (used the LX). The PSU used in that build was similar to this:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4362114&CatId=1483
    No problems so far and very quiet.
    As far as the Z77 vs the Z68 there really isn't much of an improvement at this time. The z68 will probably do all that you're looking to do.
  2. The 7850 uses an astonishingly small amount of power. Get a PSU that can support two, a good 650W model. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341051
    The LX will NOT do all you're looking for. You need a mobo with, at least, two PCIe x8 slots. The LX's second slot, which can only run x4, will bottleneck the 7850. Go with the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 or the Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3.
  3. kajabla said:
    The 7850 uses an astonishingly small amount of power. Get a PSU that can support two, a good 650W model. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341051
    The LX will NOT do all you're looking for. You need a mobo with, at least, two PCIe x8 slots. The LX's second slot, which can only run x4, will bottleneck the 7850. Go with the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 or the Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3.

    Did I miss something? I thought his form said NO sli/cfx? Did his form say 2 7850's? If not then why would he need the second Pcie slot? I based my recommendations on what his form actually stated not on what I wished it stated. :non:
  4. So what MOBO? :??:
    Yeah, I don't want to xfire
  5. BoozeClues said:
    So what MOBO? :??:
    Yeah, I don't want to xfire

    To make it clear I'd go with this:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1124769&CatId=7212
    no need to spend more and Asus is a top quality Mfg. And since you won't be using 2 GPU's and won't be using crossfire it will do all that you require. :)
  6. seasonic 520W 80plus bronze the one ith M12II something should be more than enough for your needs but go 600/650W if you want more head room just in case you want to add other stuff and overclock like a volcano or something.

    asrock z68 pro with 4 ram slots and a single 2.0 x16 slot,sata3,usb 3 also it's a micro atx form factor just so you know
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157252

    for psu this should be enough
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151093
    seasonic 520w 80plus bronze, you can get the 620W or 650w 80plus gold if you want for big headroom but the 520W should be all you need for now
  7. Chaz21 said:
    To make it clear I'd go with this:
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1124769&CatId=7212
    no need to spend more and Asus is a top quality Mfg. And since you won't be using 2 GPU's and won't be using crossfire it will do all that you require. :)



    So that asus mobo and OCZ PSU?
  8. I do suggest corsair cx430/500 psu if not seasonic 520 80plus bronze psu, those are the only psu I have experience in besides some generic and a few junk
  9. Alright, check this build out..

    Case: HAF 912
    CPU: i5 2500k
    MOBO: Asus P8Z68-V LX
    CPU Cooler: Hyper 212+
    PSU: OCZ ModXSteam Pro 600W
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4)
    GPU: HD Radeon 7850
    HDD: WD Caviar Blue 500GB @ 7200RPM
    OS: Windows 7 Home

    = $980.91


    Good?
  10. Best answer
    Looks good to me and in budget!
    Best of luck with your build. :)
  11. Best answer selected by BoozeClues.
  12. Though this seems to have turned out well, I'll contradict anyone who says no Xfire. It's a great, economical upgrade, and there's no reason to avoid it.
  13. kajabla said:
    Though this seems to have turned out well, I'll contradict anyone who says no Xfire. It's a great, economical upgrade, and there's no reason to avoid it.

    I agree with you but that's not what the OP was looking for. If I can change someones mind toward a better part or point out their errors in components or solve a problem than that's all I can hope for. I know that you are only doing the same. :)
  14. Any modular ones?
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