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So my sig rig is for gaming primarily, but I just started folding. will start folding during Foldathons on sig rig once I have my 24/7 rig goin. My sig rig is also running an unnecessarily big PSU(Antec 1000Watt quatro). I wanted to know if replacing it will be in my best interests (Like with the Seasonic X650 Gold.). I am also building a rig for 24/7 folding and wanted to know if the Antec 1000w would be fine or just blowing away my electricity bill (besides the 24/7 folding.)
Folding rig is hopefully gonna be:
2600k OC'd
8GB 1600 GSKILL
was thinking a $100-ish P67 board
$40 HDD for funsies.

TL;DR
Should I replace 1000Watt (Antec) with X650 Gold(Seasonic)
If so, (a)use 1000watt for Folding?
(b)get a smaller PSU and let the 1000watt chill until I "need" it.
if no, ???
All help appreciated!
Edited by Samurai707 - 10/16/11 at 7:48pm
post #2 of 8
Someone told me that a PSU gets its best efficiency at 80%, so factor that into whether you use the 1000w.
post #3 of 8
The Seasonic X Series are all really good. Mines been on the last few weeks folding and it's silent and cold.
post #4 of 8
1000w psu doesn't use more electricity than any other psu's what matters is the efficiency (e.g. 80 plus silver, gold, bronze...)
    
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That wattage doesn't say how much a PSU does use, it shows how much it can use. If all your components don't draw 1000w, you aren't going to draw 1000w from the wall, you are only going to use what you need.
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Ok then, in which case being that my Sig rig is probably no where near drawing 1000watts(the PSU Calc and the thread that I can't seem to find anymore says I'm drawing 550 watts max), does it run "efficiently?" I guess I don't really understand after reading the reviews, stickies an such.
Edited by Samurai707 - 10/16/11 at 8:17pm
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Originally Posted by Samurai707 View Post
Ok then, in which case being that my Sig rig is probably no where near drawing 1000watts, does it run "efficiently?" I guess I don't really understand after reading the reviews, stickies an such.
Simply put, the efficiency gains you obtain by running a lower output, higher efficiency unit, do not offset the cost of a new PSU, not even close..

If you can sell the TPQ and get the new one for little more than what you got on the TPQ then do it.. if not stick with what you have, you're ok.
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ok, Thank you very much, everyone!
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