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Hi there,

Okay I am building a mid-budget PC for my brother and this is the specs:

Intel Sandy Bridge 2300
ECS P67H2-A3 Motherboard
2x4GB DDR3-1600 C9 ADATA Gaming Series RAM
Samsung 320GB F4
Seagate Green 2TB SATA6G
ASUS DVD Multi-Drive

MSI HD6850 OC Edition (CF in the near future)
OR
Club3D HD6790 Coolstream Edition (CF in the near future)


Acer 20" LCD 1600x1200 max res.
Zalman Z9 Plus Case
5 120mm fans in total


Now I wasthinking of getting the Silverstone Strider Essential 600Watt Non Modular PSU, but no shop here can get it for me, they can't tell me when they'll be getting stock. My other option was the Corsair GS600, but I've read that it isn't that great of a PSU. Now I don't know anymore. I Don't want to spend too much, and my brands are limited:

Antec
Coolermaster
Corsair
Gigabyte
MUKii (Asrock)
Zalman


Antec and Zalman PSU's are SO expensive here, a 460Watt costs around the same as the Corsair GS600. Can you please advise me a PSU that will be sufficient and still not too expensive.

Thanks a lot.
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If it was me then I would go with any of the corsair AX, TX or HX series psu's. Can't go wrong with them really and they have possibly the best warranty to back it up.

If your only planning on adding another card to crossfire with later then a 650watt should be fine. However if you plan to overclock both cards and the CPU then I would consider a 750watt. Might be pushing it with a 650. Better to he safe than sorry.

Edit: It has been mentioned here on OCN many times but your PSU is not an area you want to skimp on. I have learnt this the hard way.
Edited by Jokah - 7/19/11 at 6:03am
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If it was me then I would go with any of the corsair AX, TX or HX series psu's. Can't go wrong with them really and they have possibly the best warranty to back it up.

If your only planning on adding another card to crossfire with later then a 650watt should be fine. However if you plan to overclock both cards and the CPU then I would consider a 750watt. Might be pushing it with a 650. Better to he safe than sorry.

Edit: It has been mentioned here on OCN many times but your PSU is not an area you want to skimp on. I have learnt this the hard way.
Haha yeah I know, that's why I wanted some advise. I'll leave the F4 then and the 2TB and just get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB, and use the extra moneys to get a good PSU.

Thanks for the input.
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"Edit: It has been mentioned here on OCN many times but your PSU is not an area you want to skimp on. I have learnt this the hard way."

This. You can't regret a PSU in a system, it should live longer than any other parts. If you have the budget, go for a Corsair AX750v2, if you dont, TX650 is also good. If still above budget, just make sure to buy something 550+ watts and Single Rail
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Single rail can be bad...
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Haha yeah I know, that's why I wanted some advise. I'll leave the F4 then and the 2TB and just get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB, and use the extra moneys to get a good PSU.

Thanks for the input.
Good idea. That's what I would do. Ive heard alot of good stuff about those samsungs. I may have to one my self soon.
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Sorry. Double post.
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Single rail vs. multi rail doesn't matter unless you accidentally get a short somehow, in which a multi rail setup with multiple OCP trip points might potentially catch it where a single rail setup may not.

With Crossfire HD 6850s, that system's not going to use over 400W max load unless you really overclock the GPUs. You're looking at just about 60W from the i5-2300 because it can't be overclocked (well, much) and the IGP would be turned off, so that and the low draw of those cards is why the total load wouldn't be so high.

Since it's not like the CPU can be overclocked, Corsair CX500 V2 is okay and would be about the minimum for that system (just don't bump up the GPU voltages and run stress tests all day). Corsair GS600, if the price is right, is a fine choice. The GS models are similar to the old TX750 and TX850, except with slightly cheaper components and updated with slightly better performance. Cooler Master Silent Pro 600W, if priced right, is also okay. Note the low 480W on +12V that the unit has, but it's not like you need a full 600W anyway.

Gigabyte has some decent models, some not good. I'm not sure which are which particularly, and which would be available for you.
Edited by mikeaj - 7/19/11 at 7:18am
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just make sure to buy something 550+ watts and Single Rail
I'd agree with 550+ Watts, but there really is no performance difference between Single/Multi-Rail.

Get a really good 500+ if you can (Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, XFX), but otherwise I'd recommend 550-600W for some breathing room for any extra upgrades and for when the PSU eventually deteriorates over the long run.
    
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Hmmm, thanks for all the info guys. What I'm actually going to do is give my brother my Coolermaster GX650, because that will be good enough for him, and according to what I've read from you all, he will have some breathing room as well.

I am getting myself a Corsair HX850 =D and putting some two HD6950's in, and a 2500K. Whooohooo, can't wait! =D
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