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post #1 of 9
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Is the power supply calculator on the Antec site accurate? The reason I ask is because I currently have a 650w PSU. You can check my current setup in the sig, but I will be upgrading to the following items:

Another GTX 460
XSPC Res/Pump combo
Black Ice Stealth 360
6 - 120 mm fans.


Plus in the future I plan on getting:

SSD
2 - 1TB HDD

Think this will be just enough?

If not would you recommend me buy another PSU (how many watts)
Or can I use my spare 500w PSU (80+ Certified, but not Bronze)

If these questions aren't something you guys and gals can't answer, then my apologies. I just figured I'd run it by you all first.
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post #2 of 9
It's not accurate at all in that it will give you bloated estimations. The good thing is that you'll never buy a PSU that's insufficient for your system. The downside is you'll spend more than you need to.
If you have to use a calculator, the one the Antec calculator is based on (but which they modified) is the best: http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculator.jsp

I think your TX650 can handle your planned setup with ease, although because the TX650 only has 2 PCIe power connectors (which I think is a shame since it can easily handle two mid-range video cards), you'll need to use Molex-to-PCIe adapters for your 2nd GTX 460.

Definitely don't mess with dual PSUs.

Also, you realize your current motherboard does not support SLI, right? You'll either need to change it, or use a potentially flaky driver hack to get SLI going.
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It's not accurate at all in that it will give you bloated estimations. The good thing is that you'll never buy a PSU that's insufficient for your system. The downside is you'll spend more than you need to.
If you have to use a calculator, the one the Antec calculator is based on (but which they modified) is the best: http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculator.jsp

I think your TX650 can handle your planned setup with ease, although because the TX650 only has 2 PCIe power connectors (which I think is a shame since it can easily handle two mid-range video cards), you'll need to use Molex-to-PCIe adapters for your 2nd GTX 460.

Definitely don't mess with dual PSUs.

Also, you realize your current motherboard does not support SLI, right? You'll either need to change it, or use a potentially flaky driver hack to get SLI going.
Oh yeah I forgot to mention that I was going to switch mobos. This is what I have in mind:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=m4n98td%20evo

What do you think?

Also, my card come with the molex adaptor which should me ok, but I'll be getting the nice sleeve extenders anyways. So I can have the wires more "incognito" ya know.
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post #4 of 9
I'm a little out of my depth with AMD motherboards, to be honest, so I won't comment on the motherboard. All I know is that the nForce chipset is sorely outdated, but in your situation you don't really have choice anyway. If Tator Tot is reading this, he can surely chime in about the motherboard.
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I'm not up on my PC technology, but what AMD board would you consider i get? I know you said you don't know much about AMD boards, but maybe you had something in mind.
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post #6 of 9
If it were me I'd avoid nForce boards altogether but that means no SLI support, and that would not help you. So in your case I don't feel comfortable making any recommendation at all
post #7 of 9
650w is more than enough for two GTX 460's.
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post #8 of 9
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Alright then. I need to look for a suitable Mobo in the mean time.
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post #9 of 9
650w is enough for dual 460s and watercooling. The only reason I swapped my TX650 was that it didn't like my Laing D5 and didn't have enough PCI-E connectors. It had plenty of power to do all I wanted.
Skip the Nvidia chipset boards, unless you want your vacuum cleaner to try and kill it in a fit of envy at it's sucking ability. Buy a good AMD 790 or 890 chipset board with the right slot layout, and install the SLI hack. The hack is very reliable on AMD boards.
Edited by allikat - 2/3/11 at 11:46am
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