mdk77777 wrote:I would also buy over no-name bling and color models.
NovusBogus wrote:Well, 400 watts is "probably enough". An i3 isn't much of a power draw, neither is that graphics card and I'm assuming you're only doing a single hard drive without any other high-drain accessories. Having some extra fans won't hurt anything, though they'll generate some noise. I would just recommend grabbing a 500-600W power supply from any major brand--Thermaltake, Coolermaster, Corsair, maybe Rosewill/Ultra--that happens to be on sale at the time of order. PSUs don't have much in the way of features, so unless you're a serious enthusiast you just need something that delivers enough juice and won't burn up.
Incidentally if you're set on single-display 1024x768 resolution and do not intend to upgrade anytime soon--which is totally fine, I run that rez too mostly--a 650 Ti is going to be hella overkill when a 650 or 7770 will do just as well for less cost/power. I've got one, and I do like it, but it's because I'm about to get a bigger monitor that supports 1920x1200 so it can stretch its legs some.
DPete27 wrote:A PSU thread and nobody has linked a PSU calculator? Tisk tisk. FYI, that calculator gives "recommended" wattage which by my estimates is based on ~60% load on the PSU at 90% system load. I use 25% capacitor aging BTW. Include any planned or potential additions and you don't need to exceed what the calculator spits out. CPUs and GPUs draw the most power for a single component and they're progressively using less power to deliver more performance.
Also, in general, PSUs with 80PLUS Gold or Platinum ratings use higher quality components (common sense, I know) that should last longer, but will also cost a bit more. The Rosewill Capstone 450W PSU is a Gold rated PSU that's relatively inexpensive. (review here)
I'm not saying that an 80PLUS Bronze unit from Seasonic, Corsair, or Antec is junk and would fail, those would be my recommendations if you're looking for lower cost. Heck I've put Corsair CX 430s in a few rigs. The fact that they regularly sell on newegg for $20 after MIR is unbeatable for a budget rig.
What are your complete system specs?
DPete27 wrote:I assume you're referring to something like this. Most case fans come with one of these included in the package.
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