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  • 15% (2)
    Keep the 1000W!
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    Move to the 1200W, stupid.
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post #11 of 28
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Maybe moving to a 4930K would be a good option? Reduced power consumption of the chip could make it possible to fit all three cards into maybe a 1200W PSU (just a thought). My problem now with staying with Silverstone, is even if I upgrade to the 1200W Strider unit- it still only has 4 PCI-E connectors. I'd need 6 minimum. The only option they have is the 1350W Zeus with an ungodly loud 80MM fan, or the outdated 1500W Strider.

I simply want to keep the cables I have now, I could maybe use dual power supplies but complications come piling in from that.

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Omg. You're making this extremely difficult on yourself all because you want to keep those cables. Is it really worth it?

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post #13 of 28
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Hmm. I would still recommend a good 1500W PSU because you're going to have a constant full load (24/7) of at least 1000W. That's 67% of the capacity of a 1500W PSU, and that's in the sweet spot for maximum efficiency. If you weren't looking at Folding or Mining, then you could go with a good 1200W PSU and be safe.

I have to agree with this...

Always nice to go larger than necessarily needed when folding/mining for the efficiency. It really does add up.
 
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Your average efficiency will suck and the PSU's life will be shortened quite a bit.

Just wondering how much keeping your psu at full load 24/7 will effect its lifespan. I can't seem to find any data on this, could you maybe elaborate a bit?
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Your PSU needs some breathing room. Always go bigger. May come in handy in the future anyway.One of your most important parts in your PC is your PSU. Its the backbone. Go big.thumb.gif
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Just wondering how much keeping your psu at full load 24/7 will effect its lifespan. I can't seem to find any data on this, could you maybe elaborate a bit?

 

I'm only able to go by what I remember seeing some of the true PSU experts here on OCN say. Unfortunately, that's all I remember. However, think about it: how long would your car last if you were to run it at its top speed 24/7, or near it? How long would anything last if it were asked to be at full-bore 24/7 or very very close to it?

 

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Your PSU needs some breathing room. Always go bigger. May come in handy in the future anyway.One of your most important parts in your PC is your PSU. Its the backbone. Go big.thumb.gif

 

No, I'm recommending that he "go big" because of the 24/7 full-load power draw.

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Hmm. I would still recommend a good 1500W PSU because you're going to have a constant full load (24/7) of at least 1000W. That's 67% of the capacity of a 1500W PSU, and that's in the sweet spot for maximum efficiency. If you weren't looking at Folding or Mining, then you could go with a good 1200W PSU and be safe.

This this this this this this ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ If you are going to hit >75% capacity for any LONG(days/weeks at a time) stretches of time, bump it up to the next level.
    
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if you're so adamant about keeping your current psu and cables, why not get another psu (550w) and mount it in the main chamber of your smh10 using the caselabs mounting bar kit (MAC-316). i just ordered that kit because im using 2 560 rads in the lower chamber of my smh10. its just another option
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I'm only able to go by what I remember seeing some of the true PSU experts here on OCN say. Unfortunately, that's all I remember. However, think about it: how long would your car last if you were to run it at its top speed 24/7, or near it? How long would anything last if it were asked to be at full-bore 24/7 or very very close to it?


No, I'm recommending that he "go big" because of the 24/7 full-load power draw.
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Yes I know this. And I agree 100%. thumb.gif

 

Oh, I misunderstood! I see. Whew. :)

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i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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