Originally Posted by TwoCables
No, the PSU will be fine. It may not be a high-end unit, but for a single GPU system, even this 550W continuous rated unit is enough. I say again, continuous rated. 550W isn't this PSU's peak. It's what it should be able to deliver 24/7 if it were ever needed. It has a +12V capacity of 540W. If this PSU's peak capacity were 550W, then its +12V would be much lower, more like 396W.
The recommended PSU spec you see for video cards is for peak-rated PSUs. A typical 600W peak-rated PSU would have a +12V capacity of no more than 432W.
wew neat i'm happy to hear this
i've narrowed down the ram choices:
patriot 2x8gb (not b-die)
MHz:3733CL:17 (actual: 3466 cl:16 = Calculated nanoseconds: 9.23254472)
corsair dominator 2x4gb (8gb version moduals are b-die. can't find info on these)
MHz:3733 CL: 18
gskill tridentz 2x4gb (yes b-die)
MHz:3600 CL: 17
gskill ripjaws 2x8gb (unknown)
MHz: 3466 CL: 16
gskill ripjaws 2x8gb (yes b-die)
MHz: 3200 CL: 14
seems the patriot is still optimal