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i5 4670k + GTX 680 Lightning PSU advice

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Hello all,

Just upgraded to Haswell from an i7 930. I'm sure my old power supply, a Zalman ZM1000, is overkill. I used to run tri-sli GTX 470's on the older i7 system.

Basically, I wanted to get a new power supply that strikes a good balance between energy efficiency and price. From what I've read, multi rail seems to be more favorable of a choice for me, but I'm not knowledgeable enough to be sure.

I don't plan on overclocking the cpu at all, and the graphics card won't really be pushed past the LN2 Bios limits of 1.2 volts. It does not need to be modular. I don't really bench, just need enough for daily gaming usage. I don't plan on ever going SLI again in the future as well, single card only from now on.

All parts in my system are

CPU: i5 4670K
GPU: GTX 680 Lightning
Corsair H100 cpu cooler
1 SSD and 1 HDD
1 optical drive
1 sound card
4 fans total

Thanks for any advice you guys might have. Cheers.
post #2 of 8
Rosewill Capstone 550 $79.99 @ Newegg
Seasonic G-Series 550w (semi-modular) $84.78 @ Newegg
Rosewill Capstone 550-M (semi-modular) $89.99 @ Newegg
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Multi-rail design offers a bit more safety in higher-powered units when something does go wrong.
But that shouldn't really be an issue in a quality well-designed unit.
Here's a read that is useful.

For your GPU-oc'ed setup, a quality 400-450w unit would be more than enough.
If you live in NA, the Capstone 450 is a great value for a quality PSU.

Or you can have a look at this up-to-date database of recommended PSUs.


Here's how to put your rig in your sig:
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Thanks for the advice. I was wondering if I could get away with 450w.
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Thanks for the advice. I was wondering if I could get away with 450w.

It's quite possible, but the both Guru3D and HardOCP recommended 550w units in their reviews.

Also of note is that the savings differential isn't that great ($17 at most).

Rosewill Capstone 450 $63 @ Newegg
Rosewill Capstone 450-M (semi-modular) $73 @ Newegg
Seasonic G-Series 450w (semi-modular) $81 @ Newegg
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Actually ended up buying this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182082

After a 15% off code, it came down to match the cost of some of the gold units you guys suggested, and it's a 550w. Not modular, but my case doesn't really need it.
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Actually ended up buying this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182082

After a 15% off code, it came down to match the cost of some of the gold units you guys suggested, and it's a 550w. Not modular, but my case doesn't really need it.

The Fortress is very good as well, no worries there. It's built by ATNG, with all Japanese electrolytic capacitors. thumb.gif
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Actually ended up buying this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182082

After a 15% off code, it came down to match the cost of some of the gold units you guys suggested, and it's a 550w. Not modular, but my case doesn't really need it.

You made a very good choice as said its made by ATNG which is not very well known

Tweaktown called it one of the best and well made and built units they have ever seen to a point where its almost overbuilt
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