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cayennemist, do not think I was trying to be an alarmist. I'm just a person that prefers to air on the side of caution. The PSU is the underbelly of the whole system... we spend hundreds of dollars on RAM, CPU, motherboards, expensive SSD, etc... I feel if there is one component where overkill should be allowed, it's the PSU.

In any case, I think coming from your current solution either a 6950 or 6970 will be a GREAT upgrade

PS. What resolution do you plan to game at?
    
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cayennemist, do not think I was trying to be an alarmist. I'm just a person that prefers to air on the side of caution. The PSU is the underbelly of the whole system... we spend hundreds of dollars on RAM, CPU, motherboards, expensive SSD, etc... I feel if there is one component where overkill should be allowed, it's the PSU.

In any case, I think coming from your current solution either a 6950 or 6970 will be a GREAT upgrade

PS. What resolution do you plan to game at?
Currently 1400x900

But that will be a next upgrade (wife aproved) Ifinity is something I look forward to.
I use 2 now to get 2600x something but it has a seam in the middle where the charicter is and that just doesn't cut it for me lol.
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A 6950 will handle eyefinity on triple 22-24" pretty well. If you plan to upgrade to 27-30", you'll need something more powerful.

For argument's sake, I think the 6950 will be the best choice (and unlock it).
    
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now I'm shopping to find a psu and one of these bad boys for 350 including shipping.

The Egg might pull it off... still looking around.





I feel like I owe it to OCN to do like a, OCN window mod or something.
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A 6950 will handle eyefinity on triple 22-24" pretty well. If you plan to upgrade to 27-30", you'll need something more powerful.
Resolution, not screen size.
A 22" at 1080p will have the same performance as a 72" 1080p screen.

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But this is not what I was measuring with the calculator. I was measuring wattage under 100% system stress and capacitor aging of approx. 20-30%, which equals to about 1 year of regular 24/7 use.
You aren't going to get 30% capacitor aging after one year..

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Last thing I want is a client phoning saying his PC blew up while he was encoding his latest video for work.
PC's don't 'blow up' if you don't have enough power.
You'll generally encounter instability on high loads or a reboot.
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Newegg and NCIX have the greatest Cust. Service Reps I've had the pleasure of dealing with from an online retailer. Sure, there is the odd "sorry can't do that" and won't speak to a manager, but just hang up and call again and 9/10 you'll get someone helpful.

POrice match each other. If you've made a previous purchase in the last 6 months or so make it known. newegg and ncix will treat you like a king, even if your only spending a few hundred here and there. You don't have to drop $1K+ for them to care, unlike other places *cough*tigerdirect*cough*.

I'm glad you were able to get the advice you needed and feel comfortable that you made the right choice. I have a tight budget so when I buy parts I'm always high strung NEEDING to find the best deal and getting annoyed as heck if I find a better deal within 10-20 days of purchase. But luckily those guys over at the egg are awesome, and have price matched AFTER a purchase on several occasions for me. I love those guys

Good luck with the upgrades, be sure to let us know how it goes when done. I bet you'll be very happy.

Tigerlord: nah man, your not an alarmist. It pays to stress the importance of a quality PSU to those less knowledgeable. Keep it up man. But yea, I'm usually iffy when pushing the limits of a PSU, especially if its not an absolute beast of a quality PSU. My system could be run on a good 550w I'd say, but 700w makes me more comfortable, and allows for some upgrading
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The 530w for 6970 is fail~ and it being raidmax just makes it much worse.
    
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275 bucks...brilliant deal. I pay £290 each for my cards.
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Resolution, not screen size.
A 22" at 1080p will have the same performance as a 72" 1080p screen.
Thank you for your input. I do believe he knew I meant that by screen size ranges, resolutions go up as well, but should have been clearer on that matter.

I will however say I've seen a PSU completely burn some of its internal components when it was heavily stressed beyond its specs and had underwhelming components quality wise, and it took out the mobo, RAM and all hard drives. The GPU and CPU miraculously survived. A good PSU is a good investment, and like I said, I don't think saving 100$ is worth it versus the total investment put into a system.
    
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The 530w for 6970 is fail~ and it being raidmax just makes it much worse.
What power supply do you recommend?
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