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Second opinion on PSU+future GPU combo


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#1 MadmanRB

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Posted 22 March 2016 - 04:48 AM

So end of the month I am finally getting my new PSU, probably this one if the price holds out til then:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139143

 

If not this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139060

 

Or possibly this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139048 as gold rating is not really needed.

 

However making sure my future GPU will be okay for my power needs.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127860

 

Probably going to get that for my birthday in September, may be at a lower price at that time anyhow as I know new GPUs are coming out... I just wont have $800 for state of the art :D

Here are my specs, I used power calculator and it seems fine but I just want to make sure:

 

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/tCVIsKHi51qBsHk6Qroovcs

 

I know that I may be a touch above what i will need and something in the 550/600W range will probably do but since prices are not too different between models might as well go all out.

Currently money is not too much of an issue but still I would like to keep this in the $100 range.

I do have bills to pay after all


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Posted 22 March 2016 - 10:33 AM

Another alternative http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207033&cm_re=xfx_ts-_-17-207-033-_-Product

 

It's very hard to recommend GTX960, because Radeon R9 380 is cheaper, faster and more future proof.


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Posted 22 March 2016 - 10:35 AM

True enough I only considered Nvidia because its drivers are still better than amd's. As for the power supply I actually would prefer a modular power supply

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Posted 22 March 2016 - 10:36 AM

True enough I only considered Nvidia because its drivers are still better than amd's

 

I have no problems with AMD drivers but this discussion would be endless so I'm not even starting it.



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Posted 22 March 2016 - 10:38 AM

Yeah I can do either way really as for the power supply if you missed it I did mention that I want a modular PSU so any more suggestions in that front would be nice

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Posted 22 March 2016 - 11:06 AM

Yeah I can do either way really as for the power supply if you missed it I did mention that I want a modular PSU so any more suggestions in that front would be nice

 

OK, two more modulars:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207031
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438054

 

+ one more http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438048


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Posted 22 March 2016 - 11:14 AM

Just throwing my two cents in there... if you aren't getting a new GPU until the September time frame, I wouldn't even make up your mind on what you might get then. The 970 or 980 will be a good amount cheaper by then. Or even the lower end newer cards which might perform better than the 960 could have a good price point.


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Posted 22 March 2016 - 05:19 PM

Yeah I have the 970 or 980 as considerations for the future  as I know price drops are inevitable.

I am more going by what I could get now so I know where to shift my budget, I knew of the weaknesses of the GTX960 but used it as a base of what I could save between when I get the PSU and my birthday.

The PSU is my main concern right now as my current one will soon be 6 years old and while it has proven reliable I really dont want to risk it dying and ruining my good gaming setup.

What i am trying to do is turn my already decent gaming rig without a GPU and make it even better.

My intel integrated graphics are reall good but I would like to do 1080p gaming without stutter.

My current processor may not be top line but it has amazed me of how much it can do without the ability to overclock


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Posted 22 March 2016 - 06:17 PM

Makes sense. Who knows you might swing being able to get the 980 come september. I have had mine 8-9 months now. Awesome card. Should last me a good while for gaming honestly. It chews up anything you throw at it right now. :)


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Posted 22 March 2016 - 06:34 PM

Madman, have you checked out the PSU Tier List? All those PSUs you were considering are Tier 3 or lower. That means they are ok, but are not ideal for high load or overclocking situations.

 

Also, AMD is expected to have better DX12 drivers, but again I don't want to get into the driver debate.


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Posted 22 March 2016 - 07:33 PM

Well considering I am only going to have the one GPU I really have to consider the best value PSU.

Now I have no plans for overclocking as this is a non overclocking motherboard so no worries there.

However I could afford this model, just outside my budget but close enough to not break me:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207029

 

that is one of the tier 1 models and the only one that i can afford really...

Will a tier 2 suffice?

This one here is spot on for my budget

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207031

 

So is this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438028

 

This is no high end gaming rig, non overclocking cpu and motherboard, no skylake.

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 08:51 AM

Tier 2 and tier 1 are close enough to be equal expect under constant 100% load/overclocking. Since you don't plan to overclock, a t2 or even good t3 model should suffice. I have heard great things about XFX and even ordered that t2 PSU at one point... to find that it wouldn't fit in my tiny BitFenix case >:( None the less, I also own a pair of R9 290X GPUs by XFX and can say their build quality is top notch. I would go for that t2 XFX.
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Posted 23 March 2016 - 08:51 AM

Madman, have you checked out the PSU Tier List? All those PSUs you were considering are Tier 3 or lower. That means they are ok, but are not ideal for high load or overclocking situations.

 

Also, AMD is expected to have better DX12 drivers, but again I don't want to get into the driver debate.

 

AMD has better DX12 features on hardware, drivers are another discussion.

 

 

Well considering I am only going to have the one GPU I really have to consider the best value PSU.

Now I have no plans for overclocking as this is a non overclocking motherboard so no worries there.

However I could afford this model, just outside my budget but close enough to not break me:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207029

 

that is one of the tier 1 models and the only one that i can afford really...

Will a tier 2 suffice?

This one here is spot on for my budget

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207031

 

So is this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438028

 

This is no high end gaming rig, non overclocking cpu and motherboard, no skylake.

Haswell refresh build core i5

 

I'd go with http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207031



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Posted 23 March 2016 - 08:56 AM

Considered, that XFX XTR Series P1 model is within my budget and seems to have a good score on newegg.so far.

I will do further homework on that model. seems good so far though, only a few reviews said it died fast but I guess even higher tier models have their bad eggs.


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Posted 23 March 2016 - 09:24 AM

Yep. What really made me choose XFX is that their customer support is supposed to be second to none, and they seem to have replied to virtually every review (even if the majority of the reply is a canned response).
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