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Best PSU Wattage for this $1K GTX 970 Build

mbreu996
  • 67 months ago

Which of these two PSU would be more appropriate for the build listed below? The estimated wattage, according to PCPartPicker is 68-283W. I do not plan to overclock. They both will fit in the case, and are about the same price range. With the 650W EVGA, I think I will be below 50%. The Cooler Master 550W looks to be just right at 50%.

EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply https://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-120g10650xr

or

Cooler Master VSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply https://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-power-supply-rs550amaag1s1

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $179.99 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Arctic Cooling ACFZ13 36.4 CFM CPU Cooler $27.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B85N PHOENIX-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard $99.99 @ Amazon
Memory *Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $69.99 @ Newegg
Storage PNY XLR8 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $64.99 @ Amazon
Video Card PNY GeForce GTX 970 4GB XLR8 Video Card $329.99 @ Amazon
Case Silverstone FT03B MicroATX Mini Tower Case $169.36 @ TigerDirect
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) $94.99 @ B&H
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1037.29
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-24 18:41 EDT-0400

Comments

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Get the SuperNOVA.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice! Any specific reason you recommend it over the Cooler Master?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't heard too many positive reviews concerning Cooler Master in recent years, for PSUs you should go for SeaSonic, Corsair, and EVGA is great too. Also it's cheaper and has 100 more watts so should give you some breathing room.

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