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#1 Vaerli

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 10:13 PM

So, I'm thinking about getting this. It would have to be within this week, or its gonna be like 150$ more expensive.... because of instant discounts. I'd like to get another 8800 of the same type later, so tell me if you think the PSU can handle it. Thats what I'm most worried about right now.



Full wishlist @ newegg
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWi...Number=11910127


Parts separately-

processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115018

memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231145

Optical drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827136142

case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811146041

power source
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817152028

motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131299

monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16824009127

hard drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822152107

video card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814150252


Your thoughts are appreciated.

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 08:32 AM

That power supply should be alright, but I think your really going to be close to it's limits. Remember as power supplies age, they start to lose some total wattage. I think the average might be about 10% per year of total wattage lost. If that number is right, in probably less then 2 years, that power supply might be having some trouble running SLI. I'd think if you could find at least a 600-watt power supply you should be alright, but 700-watt might be the best.
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#3 Vaerli

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 09:45 AM

Well, I'm trying to keep it as close to 1000$ as possible. That one is just a few dollars under, after the rebate code thing from here. :D

So, something like this would be much better then, right?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817104014

or this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817104018

of course, that brings it up 40$ or so.

Actually, I think this looks the best, and its fairly cheap.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817371001

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 09:59 AM

That power supply should be alright, but I think your really going to be close to it's limits. Remember as power supplies age, they start to lose some total wattage. I think the average might be about 10% per year of total wattage lost. If that number is right, in probably less then 2 years, that power supply might be having some trouble running SLI. I'd think if you could find at least a 600-watt power supply you should be alright, but 700-watt might be the best.


A PSU will not lose power over time, what happens is another thing entirely. The electrolytic capacitors break down in time, these are used to filter the AC voltage as it is being rectified to DC voltage. The PSU will not lose power, but the signal becomes "dirty" and will cause it's own brand of problems.

The recommended wattage for that GPU with two cards in SLI is between 400W - 450W.

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#5 Vaerli

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 10:52 AM

so, are you suggesting replacing power supplies after 3-4 years then?

I was pretty sure that some psus (mainly cheaper ones) lost like 4-5 watts of power for every degree celcius or whatever.

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