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How much wattage do I need? (+advice)

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March 19, 2014 3:12:54 PM

Hi, I'm about to build my first rig with these planned parts with a few quentions:
CPU: fx-6300 (212 evo)... maybe (overclock??)
GPU: R9 270X (Toxic Boost Edition)
8Gb ddr3
Mobo: I don't really know yet, any suggestions around €50-60? ($70-80)
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 usb 3.0
1Tb hdd
64gb ssd (suggestions for any particular model?)

But how much wattage would my psu need? Will 500W do the trick? I've got my eye on the Corsair CX500M, but if you think that there are better ones just tell me :) 
Thanks in advance

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March 19, 2014 3:20:41 PM

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http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electronics-EVO-Series-2-...

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March 19, 2014 3:25:09 PM

I can also tell that 500w will be plenty just at first glance. I don't like going below that because if you ever want to upgrade, you don't have much room to do so. This is a good model at an affordable price:

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Builder-Series-Watt-CX500...
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March 19, 2014 3:26:37 PM

I have a question for the motherboard issue. Do you plan to overclock?
March 26, 2014 4:42:50 AM

dustinhunt78 said:
I have a question for the motherboard issue. Do you plan to overclock?


Yeah I might later down the road, although I dont know how yet :p 
March 26, 2014 10:37:10 AM

dustinhunt78 said:
When you choose a PSU, give yourself room for your system to grow. When I built my Haswell rig, I chose the AX860i. I don't need all that power, but now I have the option to add additional components if I so choose to do so. I don't think that many people will disagree that the AX and AXi series of Corsair PSU's are the best on the market. The only thing that most people don't like is the price. I got a good deal on my AX860i at $200.00. I don't regret it though. I don't have any worries about my PSU going bad and damaging any of my other components. Another thing that having the extra wattage achieves is that my PSU doesn't have to push very hard. It barely breaks a sweat when running at full load. Coupled with that fact and the 7 year warranty that comes with the AX and AXi, I rest easy. The AXi is also the only digitally controlled PSU on the market, which gives you VERY tight voltage regulation. It also comes complete with a Corsair Link module, giving you the power to monitor and manage basically every aspect of the PSU and it's distribution of power to your other components. No other PSU (to my knowledge anyway) gives you this much control. If you like to have that extra control, the AXi is worth the extra money over the AX series. In addition, only the AXi is digital. While the AX series is still one of the top PSU's available, the AXi is the only one that offers you all of these extra features.

Many people look at the PSU as a good place to cut corners and save a few bucks. I don't agree with this practice. Think about it......your PSU truly is the heart of your system. Basically every component in your build is dependent on it to deliver the exact amount of power that that particular component needs in order to function properly. If you PSU takes a dump on you, your very expensive components are what takes the punishment. So if your budget allows it, place your faith in a quality PSU that is well built, has good support from the manufacturer (and Corsair DEFINITELY does offer good support), and one that doesn't have to strain constantly to divvy up the correct power to your components. The AXi is what I would consider the most capable for all of that, and without question, I stand firm on my statement that it is worth the money that it costs.

Enough about PSU's though. LOL For your motherboard, this is a very capable board within your price range:

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-SATA-6Gbps-Motherboards-...

Something to keep in mind with motherboards and their price: A more expensive motherboard DOES NOT deliver better performance. What you get in the more expensive boards is more sockets. So this 80 dollar board is going to give you the same performance as a 300 - 400 dollar board. It just won't give you all the extra sockets for adding more components.

I thought I'd throw that in there just to give you some more knowledge in the field.

I hope this clears up some things for you. If you have any more questions or comments please don't hesitate to ask. I don't mind a bit in helping you to decide what components are right for you. The only thing that matters is that you get what you want/need. :) 

UPDATE: I am enclosing links to the AX860 and AX860i PSU's just so that you can take a look at them. It is perfectly understandable if you don't have the money to get one, but it doesn't hurt to look. I will also post the link to the AX860i from Corsair's site. It will give you far more information than Amazon does.

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-860-Watt-Pla...

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-Digital-Plat...

http://www.corsair.com/en-us/power-supply-units/ax-seri...

And in case you're just willing/able to drop the cash to get one of these, I am also enclosing a couple of links to one of Corsair's PSU's that are much better than the CX series. The HX and CS series is also a very capable PSU that isn't as hard on the wallet as the AX/AXi series.

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-Certified-co...

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Series-Modular-Efficient-...

I know this is a lot of info, but I think it will help you out a great deal.


Great answer, thanks.
I was looking at some "quality" psu's according to this site: http://
Would the Seasonic M12II series be good? Or the Corsair CS?

About that mobo, which one out of these 4 would you recommend?
GA-970A-DS3P
GA-970A-UD3P (difference between these two?)
ASRock 970 Extreme3 R.2.0
Asus M5A97 R.2.0
Keep in mind that I might overclock that fx-6300 down the road.
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