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post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Hi there,

I've decided to reduce the footprint of my gaming rig, so I'm going the ITX way. I don't have enough money to purchase an all-new system, so I'm doing it piece by piece (top notch hardware is quite hard to find in Brazil, and it's pricey!)

So, the specs are as follows:

Core i5 760 Lynnfield @ 3.360 (160x21)
Corsair H100i (Stock fans)
Gigabyte H55N-USB3
2 x 4Gb G.Skill Ripjaws X PC12800 (1600)
Sapphire Radeon HD 5770
Seagate 7200rpm 500Gb Sata 3 HDD
Bitfenix Prodigy (140mm, 230mm fans)
USB Mouse, PS/2 Keyboard, USB Wi-Fi, USB Bluetooth, USB powered speakers and headphones.
Corsair VX550 PSU (+/- 3 years old, using it almost everyday, not folding)

The system will be used for gaming mainly, with mild overclocks.

Right now, I think the Corsair is enough. But I want to upgrade my graphics card in the (near) future to a powerful one, such as a GTX 780 or a R9 290X. Then I'll proceed to upgrade the CPU and such, adding some SSDs and ditching the HDD.

So, the questions are:

-Is the VX550 a good PSU? Enough for now?
-To upgrade my GPU in the above system to a GTX 780 or 290X, a 550W PSU will do? With mild overclocks?
-Also, can anyone explain or lead me to a reliable article on how to precisely calculate my system's power needs?
post #2 of 7
No need to get a new PSU
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core I7 6850K Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming Kingston HyperX DDR4 Savage 3000 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Evo WD Green WD30EZRX  WD Green WD40EZRX  WD Green WD60EZRX  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
WD Red WD80EFZX 8TB  LG CH12NS30 5x Noctua NF-A14 FLX Noctua NH-D15 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64 Bit Asus PG279Q Corsair Gaming Strafe RGB EVGA SuperNova G2 750 watt 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Roccat Kone XTD Laser Roccat Sense Metor Sennheiser HD 598 
AudioAudioOtherOther
Onkyo TX NR646  Harman Kardon HKTS 60 CableMod E series PSU cable set CableMod LED Strips 
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post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the quick answer shilka, but can you clarify? No need for a new psu even if I buy a 780 or 290X? Should I worry with capacitor aging, as my psu is 3 years old?
post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by poneis View Post

Thanks for the quick answer shilka, but can you clarify? No need for a new psu even if I buy a 780 or 290X? Should I worry with capacitor aging, as my psu is 3 years old?

Capacitor aging is overhyped you see a little yes but its not that much

Only reason to replace your PSU is to get better efficiency and even that is not a huge reason

If you where to replace it even if you dont need to i would look at something like the HighPower Astro PT 600 watts or the Fractal Design Newton R3 600 watts
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core I7 6850K Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming Kingston HyperX DDR4 Savage 3000 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Evo WD Green WD30EZRX  WD Green WD40EZRX  WD Green WD60EZRX  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
WD Red WD80EFZX 8TB  LG CH12NS30 5x Noctua NF-A14 FLX Noctua NH-D15 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64 Bit Asus PG279Q Corsair Gaming Strafe RGB EVGA SuperNova G2 750 watt 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Roccat Kone XTD Laser Roccat Sense Metor Sennheiser HD 598 
AudioAudioOtherOther
Onkyo TX NR646  Harman Kardon HKTS 60 CableMod E series PSU cable set CableMod LED Strips 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core I7 6850K Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming Kingston HyperX DDR4 Savage 3000 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Evo WD Green WD30EZRX  WD Green WD40EZRX  WD Green WD60EZRX  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
WD Red WD80EFZX 8TB  LG CH12NS30 5x Noctua NF-A14 FLX Noctua NH-D15 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64 Bit Asus PG279Q Corsair Gaming Strafe RGB EVGA SuperNova G2 750 watt 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Roccat Kone XTD Laser Roccat Sense Metor Sennheiser HD 598 
AudioAudioOtherOther
Onkyo TX NR646  Harman Kardon HKTS 60 CableMod E series PSU cable set CableMod LED Strips 
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post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Unfortunately, here in Brazil only a few brands are available, such as Corsair, Cooler Master, Thermaltake... Are there any good ones from these? Also the Prodigy has some issues with the length of the psu, max. is 160mm.
post #6 of 7
Sentey is a big name in South America

Almost all of the PSU´s they sell are Super Flower based units
Seravee
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core I7 6850K Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming Kingston HyperX DDR4 Savage 3000 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Evo WD Green WD30EZRX  WD Green WD40EZRX  WD Green WD60EZRX  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
WD Red WD80EFZX 8TB  LG CH12NS30 5x Noctua NF-A14 FLX Noctua NH-D15 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64 Bit Asus PG279Q Corsair Gaming Strafe RGB EVGA SuperNova G2 750 watt 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Roccat Kone XTD Laser Roccat Sense Metor Sennheiser HD 598 
AudioAudioOtherOther
Onkyo TX NR646  Harman Kardon HKTS 60 CableMod E series PSU cable set CableMod LED Strips 
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Seravee
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core I7 6850K Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming Kingston HyperX DDR4 Savage 3000 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Evo WD Green WD30EZRX  WD Green WD40EZRX  WD Green WD60EZRX  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
WD Red WD80EFZX 8TB  LG CH12NS30 5x Noctua NF-A14 FLX Noctua NH-D15 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64 Bit Asus PG279Q Corsair Gaming Strafe RGB EVGA SuperNova G2 750 watt 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Roccat Kone XTD Laser Roccat Sense Metor Sennheiser HD 598 
AudioAudioOtherOther
Onkyo TX NR646  Harman Kardon HKTS 60 CableMod E series PSU cable set CableMod LED Strips 
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post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Looked up on http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page5471.htm , unfortunately the good ones from Sentey are too big for my Itx case. From Super Flower, probably the Golden Green HX 550w, but very hard to obtain one.
Other than the semi modular Cooler Master VS550 (which it isn't available here yet), I don't have many good options.
Maybe I'll wait a bit, let the warranty expire and then I'll start looking again redface.gif
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