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Thread: Is my current PSU enough for my planned new parts?

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    Default Re: Is my current PSU enough for my planned new parts?

    Well You can get away with it for now, but I like to have extra wiggle room with regards to a PSU( so you don't have to worry about pulling too much). I like this guy ( - SILVERSTONE ST1000-P 1000W ATX 12V v2.3 & EPS 12V 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply ) simply becuse it has a large overhead in case I decide to OC. But then again if price is also something to worry about then perhaps this guy - SILVERSTONE ELEMENT ST75EF 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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    Default Re: Is my current PSU enough for my planned new parts?

    Your current psu is adequate for a single video card setup. Upgrading to an 80 Plus Bronze rated psu, you would have enough power to run a dual card setup.

    There are quite a few name brand power supplies that are mediocre at best. The best way to buy a high quality psu is to look at the highly rated power supplies that were reviewed by the "best" power supply sites:
    - HardwareSecrets
    - HardOCP
    - JonnyGuru
    - PCPER
    These sites have rigorous testing procedures that test with temperatures up to 40 - 50 (C). Most psu test sites don't perform demanding tests. HardwareSecrets has several excellent psu articles in their Articles Power section.

    Check out Newegg PSU Power Search - 600 - 700 watt 80 Plus Bronze rated power supplies.
    For $70 - $80, there are several highly rated units. Many of the units in this list are only so-so power supplies.

    You won't go wrong with:
    Antec - some models
    Cooler Master - some models
    Corsair - TX V2 models, HX or AX models
    Enermax (pricey)
    Seasonic (all models)
    XFX (made by Seasonic)
    Many/most Silverstone power supplies only have a 3 year parts and labor warranty instead of the standard 5 year warranty.

    If you're a Newegg subscriber, you already know that they frequently have excellent psu deals, sometimes with free shipping.
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