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First Build - Higher on PSU?

bedlamtrap
  • 61 months ago

Here's my first build. Haven't ordered the parts yet; still want full clarity on what I get.

I plan on doing the usual mid/high end gaming, but I mainly need to be able to handle copious photoshop work while streaming, as well as 3D work. I also plan to leave this thing on 24/7.

I'm pretty satisfied with the current build overall, but I know how important and potentially dangerous the PSU is, so I want to cover all the bases here.

Will this 550W be enough for this level of workload, or should I invest a little higher?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $241.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $68.98 @ Amazon
Memory Apotop 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $99.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate 1TB 2.5" 5400RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive $77.00 @ Amazon
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 280 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card $164.99 @ Micro Center
Case Xigmatek Recon ATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.78 @ Directron
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $18.83 @ Mwave
Case Fan Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan $4.99 @ NCIX US
Case Fan Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan $4.99 @ NCIX US
Keyboard Kensington K72357US Wired Slim Keyboard $18.98 @ Directron
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $835.50
Mail-in rebates -$35.00
Total $800.50
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-03-25 21:27 EDT-0400

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

it's fine.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The R9 280 seems to have this System Requirement: 750W (minimum)

Based on a few reviews/comments, I would not go below that... http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1840230/amd-280x-power-requirement.html

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a recommendation for weaker PSUs. If you have a 80Plus Bronze PSU you can run this system with 500W so 550W is plenty of juice.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Any references on that? First I've ever heard of it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting... Thanks.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I wouldn't trust PCPP's estimate. They only use TDPs of reference cards, and considering that TDP is a measure of heat, and only serves as a ballpark estimate for power, and it's only worth something for reference cards. Simply adding 165w for any 980 or 300w for any 290 is not an accurate measurement. If you ask me, they should calculate the power using the power usage of the most power hungry model of a various GPU (e.g. 270w for the 980, 380w for the 290X, etc) in order to be safer. There are better PSU calculators on the internet.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't go for 500, but 550 is ok...

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Check the watts required for PSU http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

this build should really be in the part list opinions wanted section

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd go 650w minimum and of good quality like that xfx is. 750w is a better idea overall though

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for that. I also was told by a friend that my wattage seemed a bit low. How about this PSU by Corsair? http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx750

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Good size, but bad model

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

the thermaltake is not good, that particular evga is.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya, the evga is excellent

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd go with a 650w or higher personally.

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