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El Quintron
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Re: Budget HTPC upgradable to General Purpose PC later

said by Krisnatharok:

To put things into perspective, you could probably get away with using the 77w Ivy Bridge i7 with a GTX 680 under a good (Corsair, Seasonic, Rosewill) 450-500w PSU.

That's very cool, would you run out of power if you had a bunch of addons though? (eg: multiple HDDs, Media boards, sound cards etc) I'm running a 750w PSU right now.
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Krisnatharok
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Possibly. 600w would give you more than enough headroom, and 750w will guarantee you never have to upsize again if you go SLI/Crossfire. Short of tri and quad-card setups, you shouldn't have to go higher than that.

Remember that you want to keep the PSU fairly loaded so efficiency stays high. A PSU rated at "550w Continuous" should be able to perform under a 550w load 24x7, with occasionally spikes higher (like a HDD spinning up, system turn-on, etc.).
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This is the beast:

»www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/ ··· tId=2533

Speaking of PSUs here some porn for everyone:

»www.evga.com/articles/00687/

And I thought I had to monopoly on beastly power supplies...

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I've seen the EVGA 1500w before. Keep in mind EVGA is one of the only companies that makes a dual-CPU socket motherboard, and that's primarily for benchmarking enthusiasts who are also running two dual-GPU cards (two 690s/7990s) or four top-end cards (680s/7970s).

Four 680s will suck down about 1000w max, and then you need your CPUs (2x 77w or 125x) and everything else.
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