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I recomend at least a 700 Watt psu if u are overclocking and why a 2 x hd 3870 when theres is a hd 3870 x2 version so u can save one extra pci slot.
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lol the True Power series are crap, not the earthwatts. Earthwatts rival Corsair in quality.
Earthwatts ARE corsair in quality. They are the same product, made by Seasonic for the nameplates. The Earthwatts 500 is the same thing as a Corsair 450 (except for one minor component which is of higher quality on the Corsair unit).

To the OP:

You're probably fine, depending on the CPU overclock. A 65nm Quad can draw a lot of power if it's on high volts. If you back off the CPU overclock when running XF it should be 100% fine (if you're gaming this should be fine - no game needs a heavily overclocked Q6600 to keep up with two 3870s - no game needs a heavily overclocked E2180 to keep up with them, for that matter...)
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Originally Posted by Schroedinger View Post
Earthwatts ARE corsair in quality. They are the same product, made by Seasonic for the nameplates. The Earthwatts 500 is the same thing as a Corsair 450 (except for one minor component which is of higher quality on the Corsair unit).

To the OP:

You're probably fine, depending on the CPU overclock. A 65nm Quad can draw a lot of power if it's on high volts. If you back off the CPU overclock when running XF it should be 100% fine (if you're gaming this should be fine - no game needs a heavily overclocked Q6600 to keep up with two 3870s - no game needs a heavily overclocked E2180 to keep up with them, for that matter...)
Earthwatts 430: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article684-page3.html
Corsair VX450: http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid...e=expert&pid=3
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Originally Posted by Schroedinger View Post
Earthwatts ARE corsair in quality. They are the same product, made by Seasonic for the nameplates. The Earthwatts 500 is the same thing as a Corsair 450 (except for one minor component which is of higher quality on the Corsair unit).
I couldn't agree more. (however, the VX550 is made by CWT)

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To the OP:

You're probably fine, depending on the CPU overclock. I'd probably buy a beefier PSU for that system just for peace of mind though. I mean, $800-900 in Mobo, GPUs and CPU alone? And you can't shell out more than a lousy fifty bucks to power it?
Well, I bought the board and CPU here for $350 total and the 3870 I got for $160 after MIR, but point taken.

I'm reselling this (with just ONE 3870) to a friend and wanted to know if I could offer Crossfire if he wanted it. I bought the earthwatts on sale for $65 since I've already done a MIR on the Corsair VX550 and VX450 so I had to jump on the Antec deal. I guess if he wants a second 3870 I'll have to swap out my VX550 and take the Antec 500 for my rig (more than enough). The VX550 can handle two 3870's I'm confident of that.

Thanks for the help everyone, my question is now answered.
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