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What power supply do I need?

By AlexL
Feb 16, 2013
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  1. HardDrive
    Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

    MOBA
    GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128521

    Processor
    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727


    GRAPHICS CARD
    ASUS HD7750-1GD5-V2 AMD Radeon HD 7750 VGA 1 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007RFYEQW/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    RAM
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144
    Monitor
    ASUS VS Series VS228H-P Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 50000000:1 (ASCR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236176
    DVD DRIVE
    ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS – OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Can someone let me know how many watts I need to run this?
  2. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TS Addict Posts: 414   +112

    A quick check with an online power calculator gave me 300W

    Basically, you don't need a whole lot, which is good, because you can focus on quality.

    If your on a tight budget, an Antec NEO ECO 520C is about as cheap as you will want to get. Anything cheaper puts your components at risk, and is extremely inefficient. If you have some more cash, get a SeaSonic G Series 550W. The SeaSonic may actually save you money, as it will waste less power.
  3. Dat1Gamer

    Dat1Gamer TS Booster Posts: 135

  4. AlexL

    AlexL TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you both. Do either of you have any suggestions other than the Power supply. I am making this PC for gaming. The game I play the most is League of Legends.
  5. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TS Addict Posts: 414   +112

    Give us your budget for the system, and we may be able to give some pointers :)
  6. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,946   +900

  7. AlexL

    AlexL TS Rookie Topic Starter

    $800-850
  8. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,946   +900

    What are you at now with all the components? Did you buy them yet? Also is this for gaming?
  9. AlexL

    AlexL TS Rookie Topic Starter

  10. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,946   +900

    Ok. I would like to improve your build since some of your components are dated. League of Legends is more CPU intensive so you need a better CPU (the x4 will do well but you can do better with a newer one). I will build you a PC for about 850 on newegg. I hope this will help :D
  11. AlexL

    AlexL TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Lets see what you got.
     
  12. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,946   +900

    I have 3 CPU options for you to chose from (AMD vs Intel):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113280 AMD A10
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113287 AMD 4300
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116775 Intel Core i3 (dual core but performs better than AMDs usually with less power)

    RAM:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144 (10% off until 2/28 :D, brings it from $52.99 to about $47.99)

    Motherboard (I personally like ASUS):
    A10s Board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131882
    4300s Board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131873
    i3s Board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837

    HDDs - Since League of Legends is an RPG (if you like these types of games you may like games like MMOs which require faster HDDs):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533 (1TB is better since these games take up a lot of space)

    PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012&Tpk=650W gold corsair Corsair
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088 Seasonic

    GPU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150598 AMD (640 cores) ($129.99 to 109.99 after rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130839 nVidia (768 cores) ($139.99 to $124.99 after rebate) I think nVidia is the better deal because their drivers are much better and it has more cores. I have so much pain installing AMD graphics drivers for my PCs.

    DVD Drive:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    I hope this helps a lot :D. I really wanted to get you the best value for your money man, and I feel like this is the best way to go. This took me a while to do so it may take you a while to go through the links and decide. Best of luck. :D
  13. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,946   +900

    AMD FX 4300 CPU + AM3+ Motherboard + AMD 7770 + Seasonic PSU + Caviar Black HDD = $652.93. I am proud to say my friend that I have just saved you 200 bucks :). You can maybe ramp up the CPU to an intel Core i5 or the GPU to an nVidia if you want. Oh yeah and you would also need a case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139018 Good budget case. Also, the fundamentals to building a PC: never use drivers on CDs :D.
  14. AlexL

    AlexL TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok I am going to compare now lol.
  15. AlexL

    AlexL TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I really like this but my total price for all was $802 that was with my monitor/mouse/case and keyboard all included.

    I really like this tho and I just might have to spend a little extra
  16. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,946   +900

    I say if you wanna futureproof to the max, go with a 650 ti. I am glad you like it, it took me an hour to do the research and such.
  17. AlexL

    AlexL TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Did you build a PC and if so what are your components?
  18. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,946   +900

    I have built a few in the past for friends. I have a laptop now though. Planning on building my own this summer. I am more of a troublshooter than a builder. Did you add in the Corsair 200r case? Phenomenal case for the price.
  19. AlexL

    AlexL TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes I did add that case but I am still looking through others. Do you have anymore suggestions for cases that can fit all my stuff. I dont want to spend a lot on the case tho.
  20. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,946   +900

    The case doesnt have to be expensive. That is the best case you can get that has good airflow, the rest will Overheat your components. Lemme do some research for you.
  21. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,946   +900

    Cases are more important than you may think. They control airflow (amount of fans is important) and they also help contain wire clutter (the 200r is probably the cheapest one that can do this). It is important to remove intruding wires since they effect airflow. These are probably the best alternatives for the 200r: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ... 50002120 600006302 4025&IsNodeId=1&name=NZXT
    less than 50 bucks and have good reviews. NZXT is good.
  22. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    I highly doubt you'll have any heating problems with any midtower case with what you've got. You might as well get something that you like and is pretty inexpensive.
  23. AlexL

    AlexL TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well the most I wanted to spend was $70. I didn't know if I could get good airflow and Wire management with that price but. Oh yea how big to you think the 2 graphics cards you listed earlier are? Are they about 11-12 inches or smaller?
  24. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    That's fine for that price I personally like the bitfenix shinobi but the inwin BUC or NXZT tempest at that price does have better cooling.
    You could definitely go cheaper though.
  25. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,946   +900

    The 650TI has a short 6 inch PCB. The 7770 is longer. It will fit though since it is 9 inches


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