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I'm currently planning on building a new computer. And I am aiming to surpass the power of the one I am running right now. Of course I can upgrade but that isn't too fun at moment and I really need a second computer seeing as I don't like sharing the one I use now with the family. So I am resorting to building a new, improved, faster, and a machine from hell that will outmatch my first creation. The problem is this is not a computer I am going to build now, seeing as all the parts I am looking at now bring me over $1,000 and with plans for a new PS3 I'd have to wait till some prices drop. My previous PC took me $700 to complete. Another problem is that I don't want to go overboard with purchasing a PSU. The one I am looking at is an OCZ that is 700W, but it's over the $120, I feel it's overkill and that's gonna be a load on the utility bills when my current 550W already has upped my bills ever since I brought into my Lazarus.

Now I would like you guys to give your opinions on a good price PSU and recommend the amount of watts I may need for a system made up these guys:

Case: Centurion 534

MOBO: Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor 3.2GHz

RAM: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1

Graphics:
EVGA 640-P2-N829-AR GeForce 8800GTS SSC 640MB


Optical Drives: LITE-ON DVD

Hard Drives: Western Digital 250GB

Montior: Acer 19"

What do you guys think? Am I going to need some huge about mount of PSU watts to have a long living PC? I'd appreciate your suggestions and advice.
Lazarus 939
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Venice 2.4GHz Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe Geforce 7900GT PCI-E x16 Kingston RAM 512 MB (2 x 256) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
160GB Western Digital 2 x Lite-On DVD+RW Windows XP Home Mushkin PSU 550W 
Case
Cooler Master Centurion 
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Lazarus 939
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AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Venice 2.4GHz Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe Geforce 7900GT PCI-E x16 Kingston RAM 512 MB (2 x 256) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
160GB Western Digital 2 x Lite-On DVD+RW Windows XP Home Mushkin PSU 550W 
Case
Cooler Master Centurion 
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post #2 of 9
You new system will be just fine with a ~500w psu. The only problem I can see is that your current psu isn't very good and doesn't like high 12v loads. Your new compy would probably have twice the load on the 12v rail than your current one and that makes me a bit nervous. You really should try to get a new one. The Corsair vx550 at buy.com is still your best bet or if that is too expensive try to find and Antec Earthwatts 500w somewhere but I doubt it would be cheaper than the buy.com Corsairs. If you didn't plan to overclock you could get away with a vx450 and save a few bucks.
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X25-M 80GB, 320GB WD Scorpio Black Vista x64 2007FP-3007WFP-2007FP-1080p 32" OCN Ducky Brown 
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post #3 of 9
The 640MB 8800GTS is the old model. Despite the larger amount of memory, you're better off with the 8800GTS 512MB or the 9800GTX.
Akiyama Mio
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WD 250GB, 320GB SATA/3, 16MB Cache, Seagate 1TB LG GSA-H62N 18x SATA Ubuntu 9.10 x86 & Win7 x86 Asus VW222U 
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post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice guys. I think I'm gonna go with the XFX 8800GTS 512MB GDDR3 which is frickin' $249. Hurts a lot but I need a good graphics card, and for the power supply I go with a 550W Corsair. Thanks for the help guys.
Lazarus 939
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Venice 2.4GHz Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe Geforce 7900GT PCI-E x16 Kingston RAM 512 MB (2 x 256) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
160GB Western Digital 2 x Lite-On DVD+RW Windows XP Home Mushkin PSU 550W 
Case
Cooler Master Centurion 
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Lazarus 939
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Venice 2.4GHz Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe Geforce 7900GT PCI-E x16 Kingston RAM 512 MB (2 x 256) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
160GB Western Digital 2 x Lite-On DVD+RW Windows XP Home Mushkin PSU 550W 
Case
Cooler Master Centurion 
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post #5 of 9
Good choice with the card and psu. Are you going to be overclocking? If you are, it would be better to go with a similarly priced Intel setup. And if you don't ever plan on going SLI, I would go with a cheaper mobo as well. And if you do plan on going SLI in the future you should probably get this psu. In fact, you should probably get it even if you aren't going SLI because it's the same price as the 550. Stupid me, forgot it was the same price ATM. You could get an e2xxx and a p35 board for <$200 and it would smoke the AMD if you were to overclock.
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X25-M 80GB, 320GB WD Scorpio Black Vista x64 2007FP-3007WFP-2007FP-1080p 32" OCN Ducky Brown 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
X25-M 80GB, 320GB WD Scorpio Black Vista x64 2007FP-3007WFP-2007FP-1080p 32" OCN Ducky Brown 
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post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks again shinji. The only thing I don't like about building PCs is how much times I might change my mind and be tempted too. I'm gonna get the 650 PSU... My first build took me about 3 months because I was very indecisive. I will be overclocking and using the SLI features but I'm sticking to the AMD. Now my mind is set. Thanks for the help again. When I get a way better paying job and decide to make another SUPER computer it will be an Intel. But that won't happen until a few years.
Lazarus 939
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Venice 2.4GHz Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe Geforce 7900GT PCI-E x16 Kingston RAM 512 MB (2 x 256) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
160GB Western Digital 2 x Lite-On DVD+RW Windows XP Home Mushkin PSU 550W 
Case
Cooler Master Centurion 
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Lazarus 939
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Venice 2.4GHz Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe Geforce 7900GT PCI-E x16 Kingston RAM 512 MB (2 x 256) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
160GB Western Digital 2 x Lite-On DVD+RW Windows XP Home Mushkin PSU 550W 
Case
Cooler Master Centurion 
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post #7 of 9
How about a case and a 500w psu with 34amps for $105 w/free shipping:

http://www.buy.com/retail/product.as...=0&dcaid=15891
post #8 of 9
either of these 2
i had the HX 520 and it was excellent. the TX650 might give you little more room for expansion but it isnt modular. both should do well for your set up
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Crucial M4 Asus dvd-rom (sata) Corsair H105 Windows 8.1 X64 
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Crucial M4 Asus dvd-rom (sata) Corsair H105 Windows 8.1 X64 
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Originally Posted by Ctdash View Post
Thanks for the advice guys. I think I'm gonna go with the XFX 8800GTS 512MB GDDR3 which is frickin' $249. Hurts a lot but I need a good graphics card, and for the power supply I go with a 550W Corsair. Thanks for the help guys.
For $269 you can get a 9800GTX at Tiger Direct:
Tiger Direct link:
EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX Video Card - 512MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV
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