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First New Build. Will my PSU be sufficient?

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September 19, 2012 3:35:02 AM

Hello to the community of Tom's Hardware,

I've assembled the parts for my first build, and am planning to put it together either tomorrow or day after. I am concerned about whether my 600W power supply will be sufficient for the new build.

Approximate Purchase Date:
Already purchased, save for the power supply if neccessary.

Let me list the parts:

Mobo - ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z77V_DELUXE/

Processor - Intel i5-3570K
http://ark.intel.com/products/65520/Intel-Core-i5-3570K-Processor-(6M-Cache-up-to-3_80-GHz)

CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=2923

Video Card - Nvidia GeForce GTX 660Ti 2GB (450W of power suggested on their website)
http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-660ti

RAM - 4x4G Corsair Vengeance
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233197&nm_mc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel&cm_mmc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel-_-Content-_-text-_-

Optical Drive - 1 DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive (reusing from old computer, not sure of exact specs).

HDD - 1 SATA2 HDD (reusing from old computer, not sure of exact specs).

Case - Cooler Master HAF 932 Advance
http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=3037

Monitor Toshiba 22" 720p TV
http://us.toshiba.com/tv/lcd/22c100u/

PSU - OCZ GameXStream 600W (Reusing)
http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-gamexstream-600w-700w-power-supply-eol.html


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Work (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), surfing the internet.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, ncix.ca

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1360x768

Additional Comments:
This power supply has been running with no problems since I bought it in June of 2008, for my old computer.

I figure that the initial load when booting up my new system will be fine for the power supply, but if I am playing a game that demands more wattage, do you think 600W won't cut it? Are there any concerns about using a power supply that is 4+ years old?

I have tried to research about this.. but I was hoping to have some input from someone more experienced than me - this is going to be my first build after all. I suppose if the PSU isn't sufficient, the computer won't start or it'll just crash when trying to draw more power, right?

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
Replacing outdated gaming computer

If I'm in the wrong part of the forums, sorry. Let me know.

Thanks, and with regards,
Absinthe

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September 19, 2012 4:36:38 AM

Well concerns are would it have the right connections which I am pretty sure it would. Then second off you need to worry about the fact that it is just old and might be wearing out. But if it works fine then 600w should easily be enough for a single 660ti. I should add that you might want to consider a 7870. Price per performance the 7870 is better than the 660ti. On most benchmarks I have seen the 660ti only beats the 7870 by a few frames and it is not uncommon for the 7870 to beat the 660ti. So before you buy it you should evaluate to yourself if $30-40 is worth 2-5 extra frames per second.
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September 19, 2012 5:08:56 AM

no no no and NO.... do not use an OCZ PSU, buy a new one.
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September 19, 2012 5:28:00 AM

haha.. I take it OCZ PSUs are frowned upon then? What brands would be trustworthy then? I figured if I were to get a new one, I'd look at a 80 plus (minimum) bronze certified PSU with ~750W if I choose to upgrade further, in the future.

Thanks for the reply. Any recommendations for another brand PSU?
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September 19, 2012 5:36:15 AM

Absinthe32 said:
haha.. I take it OCZ PSUs are frowned upon then? What brands would be trustworthy then? I figured if I were to get a new one, I'd look at a 80 plus (minimum) bronze certified PSU with ~750W if I choose to upgrade further, in the future.

Thanks for the reply. Any recommendations for another brand PSU?


Rosweill (HIVE, CAPSTONE and FORTRESS series only) Corsair (TX,HX and AX series) Any seasonic, PC Power & Cooling (Silencer MKII and MKIII series) any XFX, Antec (Neo eco, High current gamer/pro, true power new) any enermax, kingwin (lazer, lazer gold and lazer platinium series only) NZXT (HALE-90 series only) OCZ (ZX series ONLY)
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September 19, 2012 6:16:59 AM

Thanks. I'll probably go with a Corsair TX750.

Not much I can do about it now, but what do ya think of my build? Anything you would have done differently? (Everything? :sweat:  )
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September 19, 2012 6:23:22 AM

Absinthe32 said:
Thanks. I'll probably go with a Corsair TX750.

Not much I can do about it now, but what do ya think of my build? Anything you would have done differently? (Everything? :sweat:  )


The motherboard and case are the only things i dont like.... and you could have gotten a better CPU cooler :??: 
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September 19, 2012 6:31:07 AM

Absinthe32 said:
Not much I can do about it now, but what do ya think of my build? Anything you would have done differently? (Everything? :sweat:  )

One thing i might recommended is instead of getting 16GBs of RAM with 4 sticks get 16GBs with 2 sticks. Less parts that can break and less trouble shooting if you have RAM issues. A quick newegg search shows the prices are about the same.

Down the road I would highly recommend adding an SSD and using the old HDD as storage and backup. Since your HDD is by far going to be the slowest part of your system.
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