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If you watched his most recent review he got a new job at evga and cannot be the editor anymore? so hes pretty busy at the moment but you can use his excellent psu calc that would tell you what you need to know pretty quickly and painlessly.

My bad,didnt realise as i thought he was still down as PSU editor on here.
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Could we ask how much you're purchasing them for and make another recommendation?


Your PSU will not cut it (650w) with two 480's.

250x2 (load no OC) = 500. CPU at "stock" 95w. ~600. Your components, motherboard, mouse, ram, peripherals (keyboard & mouse), fans, hdd's etc all add up to at LEAST 40 watts. You have a CPU overclock. Not gonna cut it.

For 500w gpu power, you'll need at least a 750w PSU, ~50watts components, 130watts CPU (GUESSTIMATE), 500watts GPU = 680 watts. Not counting the "spike" you get when you load a game, benchmark, stress test etc.

If you are dead-set on the 480's with their TERRIBLE efficiency, and don't mind spending more time with the driver setup etc, I would recommend getting a quality 850w PSU. This will last you forever basically. Can power pretty much everything.

I see the 480's go for $190 used and like $280 new (minimum). a 750w psu (the bare minimum) will cost you $85.

For the price of the GPU's used ($380), I would really recommend you upping that a teency bit to $460, which is the price of the 480's new, or the price of the 480's sli and the psu, minus the heat and setup headache/issue/delay. It will guarantee you 70% of the performance, no headache with "sli profiles", less heat issues (up the price $10 more to get a DC2 which is quiet, efficient, OC's like a champ which will net you up to the 480 sli performance (assuming good drivers).

If you really don't want to spend the extra cash whatever the reason maybe, which explains you're responses trying to push the PSU idea forward, and saying things like you won't OC it which won't help anyway, wait until the 7870 comes out, and stick with your GPU for 1-3 weeks. $350 with performance of a 6970, 200w of the power so u could push it and crossfire that on 650w down the line (next year or so although I can't guarantee your system won't shutdown due to the power draw), and will most likely overclock at least 10% due to what we've been seeing so far from AMD.

Basically, if you have $450 to spend which you'll need for 480 sli and a new psu to run it, get the single 7950 instead.
If you have "only" $360 or so wait 2 weeks until the 7870 is released, see if you can find (ROUGHLY) 80 bucks extra and go as above, or buy a 7870/50 which you MIGHT be able to crossfire down the line.

Just my 310.

Whatever happens, enjoy your new-found performance biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif.


Note: All performance here is completely guessed, but is close enough. The issues are real though (power&heat).

Also note that the 7950 referance cooler dumps heat into the case (it's not a blower) and you did seem against that, still one of them will be cooler than two blower 480's rolleyes.gif.
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You will need more than 650W to have the 480's work properly. Trust me I know. I have run many tests with the 480. To the guy archilles I think pulling less...... you have arctic cooling don't you? Here's a tid bit of info. Having the gtx480 running at 50C compared to 95C, you save 40W-50W per card. That is already 80W atleast more with stock 480's.
A 750W is minimum for 480's, with the 850 recommended when you overclock a lot.
If you wanted to use the 650, you would have to run a stock CPU, keep the 480's at stock 700MHz, and undervolt it to .9V. This should pull less than 650W.
Hope this helps.

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The GTX 480 is one of the most power hungry video cards ever. Your 650 watt power supply will probably die a horrible death. If not, you will know that your 650 watt PS can handle 650 watts!!. I would recommend a minimum of 750 and an 850 would probably be your best bet. I would also recommend a good power supply from the power supply review database linked at the top of the page.

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Here's a PSU guideline that shows which psu supports which gpu etc for each manufacturer. It shows which PSU can handle which gpu (single, sli etc.) . According to the guide (see page 4) you need a 950, 1000 or 1200w PSU for a 480 sli. Check it out.
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The GTX 480 is one of the most power hungry video cards ever. Your 650 watt power supply will probably die a horrible death. If not, you will know that your 650 watt PS can handle 650 watts!!. I would recommend a minimum of 750 and an 850 would probably be your best bet. I would also recommend a good power supply from the power supply review database linked at the top of the page.
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Here's a PSU guideline that shows which psu supports which gpu etc for each manufacturer. It shows which PSU can handle which gpu (single, sli etc.) . According to the guide (see page 4) you need a 950, 1000 or 1200w PSU for a 480 sli. Check it out.

Please never make any recommendations on power supplies since you have limited knowledge on the subject. Those guidelines are always over inflated and never represent the power draw of cards.
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specially when one of the power supplies on the Chart under Antec (650W Earth Watt Green) can't handle simple 460's in SLI even overvolted but really it can hold them biggrin.gif
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I did not make a recommendation; I provided a link to some information, so little kid don't you ever say what I never can do. You don't know me like that. Think before you speak.

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Please never make any recommendations on power supplies since you have limited knowledge on the subject. Those guidelines are always over inflated and never represent the power draw of cards.

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When I got my second 480, I upgraded to a CORSAIR 850 TXV2 and it works great.
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Thank you. At least someone here knows the deal smile.gif
Yes agreed. This was answered too smile.gif.
Please never make any recommendations on power supplies since you have limited knowledge on the subject. Those guidelines are always over inflated and never represent the power draw of cards.

Can you please explain how cards running cooler use less power? You have peaked my curiosity....
    
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