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I'm working on rebuilding my gaming box, and I'm still trying to work out what I want to do about the power supply. I'm swapping my old MB and CPU out to build a server, and will need a new PS for it.

My current setup is a dual PS rig, with a Thermaltake Toughpower Cable Management 700W main, and a Thermaltake Purepower Power Express 250W dedicated graphic card PS. I'm debating three options:
1) Keep my existing rig and buy a new PS for the server box.
2) Upgrade my main PS to a 500-600W (and less expensive), and keep the secondary to help power the new graphics cards.
3) Upgrade to a single 850W PS, swap my existing main into the server box, and ditch the secondary PS.

My current hardware:
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe
AMD Athlon64 x2 5200+
Asus EN8800GTS HTDP 512 DDR3 - single
Crucial Ballistix DDR2-1000 2x2Gb

Upgrade hardware:
Asus M4N98TD EVO
AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz
Asus ENGTX460 TOP 768 GDDR5 - dual SLI
Crucial Ballistix PC3-10600 DDR3-1333

Any advice on how to configure my new PS rig?
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Gormenghast
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HGST HMS5C4040ALE640 Plextor PX-810SA Corsair Hydro H70 Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 
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ViewSonic VX2240w - dual Microsoft Natural Ergo 4000 Thermaltake Toughpower 700W and Thermaltake Pow... Thermaltake Armour w/250mm side fan 
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post #2 of 4
Not sure why you need dual PS when the 700 can easily fulfill your 'upgrade' requirement.

Option 3 is probably the most sensible, although even something like a Seasonic x650 will power that rig without prblems.
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post #3 of 4
Option 3 is your best option; but your current unit will handle the upgrade without a problem.

Investing in a new PSU is not a bad idea though.
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Western Digital Green 2TB Samsung Spinpoint M4 500GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
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post #4 of 4
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Well, due to funding issues, I ended up going with option 1. I'll just pick up a new PS when I get the server up and running, since my current rig works just fine, and doesn't make much noise.
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AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb ASUS M4N98TD EVO Asus ENGTX460TOP768 dual SLI Crucial Ballistix DDR3 PC310600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
HGST HMS5C4040ALE640 Plextor PX-810SA Corsair Hydro H70 Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ViewSonic VX2240w - dual Microsoft Natural Ergo 4000 Thermaltake Toughpower 700W and Thermaltake Pow... Thermaltake Armour w/250mm side fan 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Logitech Trackman Marble FX Cyborg V.5 Onboard Cyborg R.A.T. 7 gaming mouse 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb ASUS M4N98TD EVO Asus ENGTX460TOP768 dual SLI Crucial Ballistix DDR3 PC310600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
HGST HMS5C4040ALE640 Plextor PX-810SA Corsair Hydro H70 Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ViewSonic VX2240w - dual Microsoft Natural Ergo 4000 Thermaltake Toughpower 700W and Thermaltake Pow... Thermaltake Armour w/250mm side fan 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Logitech Trackman Marble FX Cyborg V.5 Onboard Cyborg R.A.T. 7 gaming mouse 
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