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Friend couldn't take his enormous 800D to his college dorm, especially since his water tank was one of those outside ones, and it took up too much space. He asked for a $900 build to take to college and he would leave the 800D build at home and use it when he goes there.

Here is something I quickly threw together. Total was $830 so it has some headroom. I'm just curious about the PSU. Will 550W power the GTX 480 and 2500k with OC headroom?

MB: ASRock Z68 PRO3-M $110
CPU: i5 2500k $190
GPU: Galaxy GTX 480 $250
PSU: Antec BB550 550W $50
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz $55
Heatsink: Hyper 212+ $25
Case: NZXT Vulcan $70
DVD: Sony DVD Burner $20
HDD: 500GB Caviar Blue $60
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Definitely. I seen 600 watt antec units running similar specifications with 560ti sli.
    
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Definitely. I seen 600 watt antec units running similar specifications with 560ti sli.
What's this I was hearing about the GTX 480 drawing enormous amounts of power then? Maybe I heard wrong?
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Heh! Check out my sig rig, very similar specs!

My power hungry GTX 470 is powered by a 600W OCZ modular PSU (25A for each 12V rail, has 2 12V rails). The 480 consumes more power, so you may bump that PSU up a bit higher in terms of wattage.

You missed out on the Newegg NZXT sale awhile back, I got the case for ~60 USD
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Accroding to Phaedrus's Phaedrus Quick'n'Dirty PSU calculator, 550 is what is recommended.
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Just a warning about overclocking on that motherboard, its 4+2 phase.
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Just a warning about overclocking on that motherboard, its 4+2 phase.
I picked out parts very quickly since I was doing homework. Any other boards out there with better VRM's that will stay under the budget?
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Assuming you're buying a quality unit with sufficient power on the 12v rail, you could probably get away with it on a 550. Overclocking is going to increase draw, but at stock I wouldn't see a problem with a 550 running the system. Your budget allows for a better PSU, you might as well go with a 650 just for overhead sake.
    
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I picked out parts very quickly since I was doing homework. Any other boards out there with better VRM's that will stay under the budget?
Only decent mATX board is the Asus Gene-Z with 8+2 phase. But 4+2 should be enough to bring your 2500k to 4.5Ghz or more (up to 4.9Ghz in this review). My P8P67-M Pro only has 4+1 but shows no problem at all for over six months.

Edit: and I also think you should consider a decent 600W PSU for both 480 + 2500k OC headroom.
Edited by goldbranch - 10/24/11 at 10:50pm
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