I am building my very first PC for gaming and school, did I totally overkill the PSU?
GPU: MSI GTX 970
------CPU: I5 4690k
(I plan to SLI at some point down the road)
Needed if you plan to SLI, and that's a great quality supply.
Thought for the day:
There's no such thing as too much power, only spending too much money on it.
Untrue as having to much would mean the PSU being less efficient.
PSUs only use the power they need. A higher rated psu may even be able to keep cool at what would be heavy loads for lower rated PSUs and therefore be more efficient
Yes however PSU's are designed to more efficient around 60% to 80% of max load. If yo have a overkill psu then you will be hitting low on the curve and getting less efficient power.
I agree, a tier 1 with a great warranty (10 years) at an excellent price..
There's other issues than power too. Having a healthy reserve is good. But having quality is even better. You're buying one of the top units out there. Unfortunately at this time that is the lowest wattage unit of that quality that EVGA sells.
It's far better to spend the small premium and get the best unit than spend less and get way less in quality to try to match wattage.
TL:DR Just get the G2 and enjoy.
Good product but high price.
The 750 EVGA G2 is currently $69.99 from newegg with $25 rebate
No it's actually the bare minimum if you want to use a decent GPU and processor.
750W for an i5 and a 970... no it definitely isn't the bare minimum. A good quality 400W unit could run that config. Of course, anything under 500w is a bad idea, but 750w is easily enough even if you want to SLI 970s.
Yes but I said decent CPU and GPU that means AMD all the way, and we all know AMD parts are power hogs.
He said he's getting an i5 and 970, read the post. And also, decent CPU and GPU by no means infers AMD.