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MSI GTX 680 Lighting Power Supply

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September 6, 2012 2:59:36 PM

Hello
Im wondering, how much is enough for this card.
I planning on buying a 600W, but im not sure if it's enough...

Oh, and so i dont have to make another thread, is this PC case
good: Coolermaster USP 100
Im planning on putting a Noctua NH-D14 Fan in there with this graphics card and im
wondering will it fit?

Thanks in advance
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September 6, 2012 3:30:38 PM

The msi lightning requires two 8 pin pci-e connectors. A good quality psu may well have that.

But, that is an expensive card @$600.
It has a boost clock of 1176.

A less expensive top GTX680 might be the EVGA Superclocked, Signature 2 @$520.
It also has a boost clock of 1163, and only requires a 6 and an 8 pin connector.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If price is no object, and you want the strongest single gpu card, then look at the EVGA GTX680 classified@$660.
It is built for maximum overclocks. It needs two 8 pin connectors.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You should have no problem with the Noctua NH-D14. It is about the same height as any other tower cooler, 160mm.
With the two fans and towers, it will cover lots of the motherboard, so plan on using low profile ram.

As I understand it, the cm USP case comes bundled with a 550w psu that you can't use.
Is there something about the case that you really want?
I suspect that there are better options for you.
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September 6, 2012 3:38:28 PM

your build seems unbalanced with that case
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September 6, 2012 3:50:59 PM

But if i buy better case, i have no money for the psu.
What case do you recommend?
Maybe i could save some more for the HAF 912.

And what PSU do you recommend?

Btw i bought this card because i could get it really cheap for like $600.
(In my country its usually 800$ !!! )
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September 6, 2012 4:09:52 PM

Ok, i found this:
OCZ ModXtream 700W.

Its cheap and i could use the 6 to 8 Pin power cable that i get with the card.
Is that ok?
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September 6, 2012 4:53:50 PM

if you cant afford a good case, why are you getting the 680 lightning? you should be getting something like a gtx670 power edition and a good case like a corsair 500r. a 680 lightning in a cheap case is completely out of place

please fill out the how to ask for build advice template so we can help you configure a balanced system
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September 6, 2012 5:01:16 PM

Ill just get the HAF 912.
What about the PSU ?
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September 6, 2012 5:07:14 PM

Can you find a good one here?
http://www.nabava.net/napajanja__310

Because Amazon wont ship to my country :/ 
For the price in USD divide by 6.

where can i fill that form?
I already bought the cpu, gpu and the mbo.
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September 6, 2012 5:10:34 PM

thats pretty expensive, anything cheaper?
(Btw the site doesn't seem to work for me right now, maybe it works for you)
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September 6, 2012 5:12:14 PM

id suggest the silverstone strider 750w
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September 6, 2012 5:13:28 PM

well if you are not to do SLI, get the xfx 550w. cheaping out on your power supply is a pretty big mistake.
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September 6, 2012 5:16:39 PM

Which 600w power supply? Make sure it puts out at least 60 amps. I would also suggest stepping up to 700-750 watts.
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September 6, 2012 5:24:37 PM

Ofcorse, the first one is the most expensive :p 
Why not the Corsair or the OCZ, i heard they are god PSU-s
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September 6, 2012 5:25:04 PM

the first one but the silverstone strider is cheaper
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September 6, 2012 6:08:18 PM

I think its 25 amps or something like that...
So...not enough?
Well i guess i will have to save a little more :/ 
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September 6, 2012 6:23:08 PM

25 amps won't cut anything above GTX 560ti. Shoot for at least 40 amps. AT LEAST.
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September 6, 2012 6:30:29 PM

Ok, thanks for the help :) 
Now i know more about what PSU to choose.
I guess it's better to save for better PSU then regret about not buying it.
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September 6, 2012 6:30:47 PM

Best answer selected by Marcuskac.
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September 6, 2012 7:01:28 PM

Marcuskac said:
I think its 25 amps or something like that...
So...not enough?

It's 2 x 25 that combined equal 46a
Not what I would choose for such an expensive card, it's basically a budget grade psu

Power consumption
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/07/23/msi_geforce_g...

Plenty for a single card system
http://www.nabava.net/napajanja__310/ocz-napajanje-sile...

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
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September 6, 2012 7:06:12 PM

Marcuskac said:
Ok, thanks for the help :) 
Now i know more about what PSU to choose.
I guess it's better to save for better PSU then regret about not buying it.


I cheaped out on 25 amp PSU and had to upgrade later. Better do it the right way once :) 
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September 6, 2012 7:49:38 PM

delluser1 said:
It's 2 x 25 that combined equal 46a
Not what I would choose for such an expensive card, it's basically a budget grade psu

Power consumption
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/07/23/msi_geforce_g...

Plenty for a single card system
http://www.nabava.net/napajanja__310/ocz-napajanje-sile...

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...


I dont know if 600W will be enough.
I read somewhere that 650W is recommended for this card. :/ 
Other than that, this is very good, low budget PSU.
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September 6, 2012 7:59:09 PM

Marcuskac said:
I dont know if 600W will be enough.
I read somewhere that 650W is recommended for this card. :/ 
Other than that, this is very good, low budget PSU.

Almost twice what the system in the review used when gaming, plenty
Nvidia reccomends 550 watts, the review shows that the Lightning doesn't cause a serious increase in power over the reference card, no , it doesn't need 650 watts
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September 6, 2012 8:04:34 PM

Hmm, well ok, ill do some research.
Thanks for the help :) 
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September 6, 2012 11:33:19 PM

i would have gotten the strider. it was quite a bit cheaper. either one would be good.

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September 6, 2012 11:42:11 PM

Anything above a 500W PSU can handle a GTX 680 just fine, even an overclocked card, As long as its an 80+ certified PSU. I would go for a Seasonic X 650W, probably one of the higher quality power supplies. However that quality does come at a cost.

If you are looking for best bang for buck, Corsair has a nice reputation in power supplies. I have used one of theirs in a computer I built, had no problems with it at all.

Also I was making this statement assuming the CPU is not overclocked at all. With an overclocked CPU that would require at least a 600W PSU to be safe.
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September 7, 2012 12:13:23 AM

TheBigTroll said:
i would have gotten the strider. it was quite a bit cheaper. either one would be good.

He hasn't gotten anything yet, going to do more research
The Strider is basically a single rail, non modular MXSP in oem form ( 46a / Sirtec built / no cable sleeving other than the 24 pin )
It would work, still lacks the second 8 pin, I just can't bring myself to reccomend a low budget power supply for $600 video card
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September 7, 2012 2:10:31 AM

^that. Its a little too "budgety"
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September 7, 2012 6:09:06 AM

Just get a coolermaster or antec or corsair PSU.
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September 7, 2012 7:06:47 AM

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