Which PSU and SSD for my gaming rig?

Hello, I am new at all this computer stuff. (English is not my native language, just so you know incase you see a lot of grammar mistakes etc.)

I am going to get the following PC setup:

- Case: CM HAF XM
- CPU: Intel I7-3770K
- CPU-cooler: CM Hyper 212 EVO
- MOBO: GA-Z77X-D3H
- RAM: 16 GB Kingstong Hyper-X "dualchannel"
- GPU: EVGA GTX680 SuperClocked Signature 2 (2 GB)
- HDD: 2000 GB Seagate - 7200 RPM (For storage)
- SSD: 250 GB Samsung 840 - or - 180 GB Intel 330?
PSU: CM Silent Pro m850 - or - CM Silent Pro m1000?

The mainly purpose for this setup is gaming. But I am also going to be editting a little in Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop.

Which of the above SSDs would you recommend?

And how many watts are necesarry? For now I am only going to be running a single GPU, but I am later planning to run the GPU (EVGA GTX680 SuperClocked Signature 2) in SLI later, when a single one no longer can keep up with the lastest games (maybe in 2 years?)
The PSU's are both 80+ Bronze, but is 1000W too much or should i go with 850W when I plan to SLI later?

Thx in advance :)
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  1. Get a Samsung 830, Samsung 840 Pro or OCZ Vector. Get the 830 if you can find it, but if not pick between the Pro and Vector based on price. 128GB is more than enough for the OS, programs and a few games.

    750W would be enough for that rig, even when you Crossfire/SLI. Go for a Seasonic, XFX or Corsair unit. Coolermaster isnt that great a PSU manufacturer.

    Make sure that RAM is 1.5v or less.
    Consider a GTX670, its 95% the performance for $100 less. Can even overtake the 680 after overclocking. Also look into a Gigabyte, ASUS or MSI model. EVGA uses reference cooling, which runs louder and hotter than the custom designs the other manufacturers use.
  2. Well if we're limited to the two SSDs above, I'd take the Samsung 840. However the Samsung 840 Pro or 830 are better options.

    For the PSU, 850w is more than enough to run two 680s. However I would avoid CM as their PSUs have been known to be of questionnable quality and often offer considerably less wattage than advertised. For dual SLI 680s a quality 750w PSU is sufficient. I would suggest something from Seasonic, Antec, Corsair or XFX.

    Be careful on the Kingston memory, some of it is 1.65v and you want 1.5v with Ivy-Bridge, otherwise you will void your warranty on the CPU.
  3. manofchalk beat me to it. Agree with everything he posted.
  4. Waow that was fast! Thanks for the replies, I think I'll go for a 850W then. Is it necessary with 80+ silver or gold, or is bronze good enough?

    And unfortunately, from where I am buying this PC, I can only choose between those two SSD's in the pricerange under my budget . They used to have 830 too, but they are sold out :/

    Would I really notice a big difference between a Samsung 840 (250 GB) vs other SSD's with similar prices?
  5. The difference between 80+ Bronze, Silver and Gold is fairly small, 2-3% better efficiency each level you go up. Its nice to have, but not essential.

    Go for the 840. The 330 isnt that great a drive and if its the same rough price as a larger, better performing drive, why buy it.
    TBH, when using modern SSD's for basic OS usage, you would be hard pressed to tell any difference at all between high and low end drives. Its largely benchmarks that separate drives apart, as in daily usage the difference isn't as noticeable.
  6. I think 80+ bronze is sufficient. The silver and gold classes are slightly more efficient but the tiny amounts you save in electricity aren't worth the extra purchase price.

    No you won't really notice a real-word speed diference between different SSDs. They are all much faster than mechanical drives, your splitting hairs when comparing SSD speeds.
  7. Thx again for the surprisingly fast replies. This site it really great :)

    I just looked through some reviews of the CM Silent Pro m850. Out of 105 reviews at newegg, the power supply has got a total of 4 out of 5 "eggs". Is CM really that bad? Because it looks like they don't have any other power supply brands in stock, from where I am buying this PC.
  8. Oh, 680, leap for a 7970, recent beta drivers mark up its performance greatly, (Before hand it was still outgunning the 680)
    No need for anything greater than 700w, yesterdays GPU's are still power lenient, you'll be fine with 750w.

    But you noticed I said yesterdays.

    The next generation of GPU's is literally right around the corner, if you want to wait and see what sprouts up, I'd do that, but otherwise, you're all set.

    (Oh, and for PSU brands)

    Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, PC power and cooling, these are all fine brands, but be wary about some of Antec's PSU's, they may be sold by antec, but they are made by someone else, entire guide on it here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/324368-28-computer-power-supplies-guide

    I'd recommend a TX750 V2.31: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021
    Be sure its the V2.31, not the V2.3, V2.3 has fan squeal issues.
    And if you go 7970, Sapphire Vapor-X is good, I prefer Sapphire over most brands, because of their reliability and good pricing, if not MSI, Asus or MSI.
    If you're in europe never go Club.
  9. Well it looks like the CM Silent Pro m850 is a half-decent FSP made unit. http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-Silent-Pro-M-850-W-Power-Supply-Review/810/1

    However I'd still try to find something from a more reputable PSU brand. This tiered PSU list is a good resource for choosing a quality unit. http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
  10. RAM: Go for DDR3-1600 @ 1.5V (My preference is for G-Skill Ripjaws).
    .. Voltage specs for IB is 1.425 -> 1.575 V (Outside this range voids CPU warranty.
    .. Specs for RAM - IB = DDR3-1600 (SB was DDR3-1333). Above 1600 also voids IB CPU warrant.

    For PSU ratings (wattage). I normally look for a revie that shows "Total ystem Power. Ie for single 680 or 7970) just under 400 W. add a custion factor of 30% so Min size would be %) watts.
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5699/nvidia-geforce-gtx-680-review/19

    For Xfire 7970 ad 200 W (400+200=600 + 30% = 780) closed would be a quality 750 W which would be fine.
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7970_CrossFire/22.html

    On newegg reviews, when comparing two PSUs, do NOT look at over all (ie 4 out 5) - Look at the percentage for 1 and 2 egg reviews. IE:
    CM – 17% 1/2 egg rating (almost double the one listed below): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171048&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo
    Corsair 750 (More popular, lower cost and only 9% 1/2 egg rating): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo
  11. Anon111 said:
    I just looked through some reviews of the CM Silent Pro m850. Out of 105 reviews at newegg, the power supply has got a total of 4 out of 5 "eggs". Is CM really that bad? Because it looks like they don't have any other power supply brands in stock, from where I am buying this PC.


    Newegg reviews don't mean anything, you want proper reviews from reputable sites. Most people just plug in the PSU, see that the computer turns on and doesn't blow up after a week, then give it 5 out of 5. Most people don't know how to tell a bad from good PSU, and even fewer have the expensive hardware to test if the PSU is doing what it should. So go to review sites,they have the equipment and knowledge to definitively say if its any good.

    For instance, this PSU.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152028
    Has a rating of 4 out of 5 from Newegg reviews, 62% being 5/5.
    Meanwhile, no one who knows anything on this forum will ever recommend a RAIDMAX unit. The thing isnt 80+ Certified, no Active PFC, multiple 12v rails and RAIDMAX has one of the worst reputations in PSU manufacturing.
    While there isnt any reviews on this unit I can find, I doubt they would be good.
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