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14 Feb 2009   #11
Dragor1

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) dual boot with Fedora KDE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Decca View Post
Always overkill for the PSU.
Get 850W at least to give you breathing room

I second that. At the very bare minimum get 600W to 650W. But you'll have to get 800W or so if you decide to go for SLI.


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14 Feb 2009   #12
skunksmash

SEVEN x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by serajin View Post
I was wondering if anyone know if this would be a good PSU to support my pc.

Newegg.com - Rosewill RP550V2-D-SL 550W ATX12V v2.01 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Power Supplies

I am going to get this card

Newegg.com - EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

I used a psu calc on thermaltakes website and it said I only use 359 watts at peak load. Nvidia recommends a 500 watt psu but I'm afraid I'll get one and it won't be large enough.

Thanks
they always overstate the requirements for any card..... i wouldnt worry about the wattage too much.... get something with at least 30A combined on the 12v rail... (they reccomend 34A for the GTX260 but thats a myth.)


may i suggest this one....... $94 after MIR it has a combined 40A on the 12v

this will run your 260 all day long....





SK
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14 Feb 2009   #13
serajin

Windows 7
 
 

I'd like to say thank you to everyone that's helped out with what PSU I shold get, and I'm going to go ahead and get the one that skunksmash said. I'm not too worried about the price of it as long as it's going to work so hopefully it will ^.^

I do not plan to go SLI because I do not think it's worth it, I just wanted something that'll last me a while with some of the newer games, and I feel a 260 will do that aswell as let me do my work in Maya.

However, SK, I'm not 100% sure exactly what a "modular" power supply is. Does it have the 2 6-pin connectors that are required for the 260? I assume it does or else you wouldn't have recommended it, but just double checking.

Thanks


Also, How do you tell how many amps are combined on the 12v rails, and how do you know what's recommended for a card?
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14 Feb 2009   #14
skunksmash

SEVEN x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by serajin View Post
I'd like to say thank you to everyone that's helped out with what PSU I shold get, and I'm going to go ahead and get the one that skunksmash said. I'm not too worried about the price of it as long as it's going to work so hopefully it will ^.^

I do not plan to go SLI because I do not think it's worth it, I just wanted something that'll last me a while with some of the newer games, and I feel a 260 will do that aswell as let me do my work in Maya.

However, SK, I'm not 100% sure exactly what a "modular" power supply is. Does it have the 2 6-pin connectors that are required for the 260? I assume it does or else you wouldn't have recommended it, but just double checking.

Thanks

all modular means is that the cables you dont use can be unplugged.....

as seen below....




the card will have its recommended Amperage on the box, or alternatively you can track it down on the nvidia website.....


same goes for PSU specs..... many PSUs with more than one 12v rail, will NOT have the ability to combine the rails Amperage, but the ''HX'' version from corsair does

its a great unit....






SK
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14 Feb 2009   #15
serajin

Windows 7
 
 

Sweet! Thanks a bunch, ordering now ^.^

You seem to know quite a bit, I was wondering maybe you could explain RAM timing to me. My friend was saying that ram that has a timing that's low on newegg most of the time doesn't auto clock to that when you put it into the pc.

Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

My brother wants to get a few sticks of that but I was concerned that we'd have to go into the bios and set the timings manually. Is there any way to know what ram isn't set to a really slow speed or does it not matter so much? And are heatspreaders for ram important?
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14 Feb 2009   #16
skunksmash

SEVEN x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by serajin View Post
Sweet! Thanks a bunch, ordering now ^.^

You seem to know quite a bit, I was wondering maybe you could explain RAM timing to me. My friend was saying that ram that has a timing that's low on newegg most of the time doesn't auto clock to that when you put it into the pc.
sometimes if RAM has a ''certified'' stable timing of 4-4-4-12, it may default to the ''JEDEC'' timing (these are set timings the PC uses as a reference) of 5-5-5-15 for 800mhz

you would have to ''manually'' adjust this in the BIOS, so make sure your BIOS is fully accessible before you buy, or you could end up in a situation where you cant alter any frequencies or voltages.

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Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

My brother wants to get a few sticks of that but I was concerned that we'd have to go into the bios and set the timings manually. Is there any way to know what ram isn't set to a really slow speed or does it not matter so much?
there is a set timing for 4-4-4-12, but b/c the sticks are pc6400 - 800mhz they may default to 5-5-5-15.... they state CL4 so you may be ok.......

so you will need BIOS access, just in case........ its not hard, once its up & running i will walk you through it.. here is the app that's used to check your CPU & RAM specs.... CPUZ

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And are heatspreaders for ram important?
RAM can get very hot without cooling pretty close by, the heat spreaders are a must with high performance RAM..




SK
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15 Feb 2009   #17
serajin

Windows 7
 
 

Any idea how I would check if my bios is fully accessable?

Want to make sure before I go and buy ram that won't do me any good!!
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