Originally Posted by Vocality
Well, that definitely makes me feel better about my choice in the first place. Been running it for a few years and no issues with it. Is having a modular PSU worth dropping some cash for though? I do plan on replacing quite a bit of guts over the next five or six months. So while I've got the cash, I figured I'd grab a PSU that will cover those kinds of changes too.
Nothing huge, of course. I'm not going to be running six 580's and a million gigs of ram. Just modest changes, maybe a different mobo/cpu. DDR3 instead of 2. That kind of stuff. I'm kind of lazy, so modular would cut down on the mess inside the case too. Or would it be better to wait until I figure out exactly what it is I'm doing?
Not sure if this makes a huge difference..but I've got like 5x120mm fans and 2x140mm fans running too.
I lack the experience to know the answer, but now that you mentioned it, I guess switching over to a good modular PSU would be quite a pleasure seeing as you've had to put up with the non-modularness of the Rosewill Green series.
And here's where I can speak from experience: when I think about my own system, I smile because it's just so clean thanks to having a modular PSU. Plus, not only do I like pushing buttons and flipping switches, but I like plugging things in as well as unplugging things.
But with your system, try to keep the PSU purchase between 500-600W. I would say 650W max. This is because of the efficiency during load, and the maximum efficiency happens at around 50% load on the PSU (generally speaking). But the actual draw on the PSU under the highest load while gaming will probably 300-350W at the most, even with the 570. But the system's idle-time will far outweigh the load-time, so a balance should be met which is why a high quality 500-600W is about perfect. But I have to admit that there are some nice 650s out there. hehe
I learned all of this from some of the pages found here: http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...-articles.html
Now, the only reason why I have the HX650 is because I couldn't find the HX450 without having to pay for international shipping (I like the color and quality of the newer HX series).