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Current Graphics Card: XFX Radeon HD 5870
Current PSU: CoolerMaster Real Power M520, 520Watt
Current Motherboard: Intel DX58SO
Current Processor: Intel Core i7 960

Will my 520 watt PSU work fine with a 680? I play on 1920x1080 single monitor.. had a hard time figuring out if I wanted to GTX 680 or the AMD 7970 but I think I'll go with the 680, physx being one of the reasons.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-121-635&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=2#scrollFullInfo

Will I need to get a different PSU? If so which one would be good? Anything else I should think of? I'm a real noob when it comes to this stuff. My dad actually bought me this PC 2 years ago so I've never actually done a custom build myself.

EDIT:

BTW could anyone tell me whether I should get MSI, Asus, or Diamond etc.. I have no idea what these mean. A newegg link would be amazing! biggrin.gif

Edited by Hashes - 10/22/12 at 11:09am
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You're in the clear smile.gif Try a PSU calculator to be sure, but I'd say you're more than safe.
 
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Current Graphics Card: XFX Radeon HD 5870
Current PSU: CoolerMaster Real Power M520, 520Watt
Current Motherboard: Intel DX58SO
Current Processor: Intel Core i7 960
Will my 520 watt PSU work fine with a 680? I play on 1920x1080 single monitor.. had a hard time figuring out if I wanted to GTX 680 or the AMD 7970 but I think I'll go with the 680, physx being one of the reasons.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-121-635&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=2#scrollFullInfo
Will I need to get a different PSU? If so which one would be good? Anything else I should think of? I'm a real noob when it comes to this stuff. My dad actually bought me this PC 2 years ago so I've never actually done a custom build myself.
520W is enough.Personally I wouldn't trust a cooler master PSU. I can find no reviews for this one.

If I had to recommend a new power supply I would say this one.
post #4 of 21
A 680 vanilla will be around 360+ watts full load under a game. Overclocked around 380+ watts. As long as you get a decent power supply with a good rail/rails then you are fine. Thanks
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I think you'll be fine.

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Thank you very much guys! I'm so excited biggrin.gif

BTW could anyone tell me whether I should get MSI, Asus, or Diamond etc.. I have no idea what these mean. A newegg link would be amazing smile.gif
Edited by Hashes - 10/22/12 at 11:08am
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Thank you very much guys! I'm so excited biggrin.gif
BTW could anyone tell me whether I should get MSI, Asus, or Diamond etc.. I have no idea what these mean. A newegg link would be amazing smile.gif

Depends...
For NVIDIA, EVGA is held in especially high regard for their outstanding customer service and support. MSI, ASUS and Gigabyte are also good choices. Personally, I would probably get an EVGA card.

BTW, the 680s that are Core clock 1006 and Boost clock 1058 are reference (generic NVIDIA-designed) cards, I would try to avoid getting one of those unless you are on a very strict budget.
    
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I don't even know what reference is.. any chance you could link me to whichever one you think is best?
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It should be fine. I would grab a EVGA card. I picked up my second one from a private seller on Amazon for $350 (brand new). I would expect price drops shortly especially with Black Friday right around the corner...
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