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    Just a quick and probably much easier question that might be a bit off-topic but not entirely. Didn't feel like making a new thread about it since it will probably only requre a couple of answers.

    So, this retro PC that I opened this thread about is going to cover basically any game released before 2001, covering DOS, Win95 and Win98 games. I also now decided that I'm going to turn my current PC into the ultimate PC that covers 2001-2016 games, dualbooting WinXP and Win7 on it, and then build a new PC for 2016+ games with Windows 10. Now, I know, I probably don't need to do such a thing, 2001-2016 games will very likely work just fine under Windows 10, but it's just something that I decided to do because I want to, call it OCD or whatever I was wondering what would be the ultimate power supply for this too. Here's how this 2001-2016 WinXP/Win7 PC is gonna be like when I finish it (haven't exactly finished it yet, but it's in pretty usable state at the moment)

    Case: SilverStone Fortress FT02
    Motherboard: Gigabyte Z77X-UP7
    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K
    CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE
    RAM: 2x8GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer
    Graphics cards (not using both at the same time):
    *Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290X 8GB (for TrueAudio games)
    *Gigabyte Windforce Titan Black (for Physx and everything else)
    sound card: Onkyo Wavio SE-300PCIE
    WinXP HDD: WD VelociRaptor 1TB
    Win7 SSD: Samsung 850 Pro 1TB
    Storage HDDs: 4x Toshiba 2TB DT01ACA200

    I'm using an old POV Black Diamond 500W power supply at the moment and I'm afraid to even try overclocking with it. I want the ultimate power supply for this system. I was thinking of getting Seasonic 1000W Platinum because from what I can see all reviews praise it as being the best power supply ever made, but the reviews are kind of old, I was wondering if anything better was released since then, or is it still the very best power supply ever made, also since I won't be needing 1000W for this PC, I was wondering if you could suggest a lower-powered power supply that is at least as good as this one, or should I just get this one and call it a day?

    BTW the machine that I'm gonna be making for the 2016+ Win10 build will most likely be of the extreme sort (like 5960x and SLI/Crossfire custom water cooled). I can justify spending this kind of money as PCs have sort of turned into my main hobby lately that I spend all my free time with. Saving up money will be pretty hard, but as long as I don't spend much on anything else I'm sure I can do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by God Of Gaming View Post
    you could suggest a lower-powered power supply that is at least as good as this one, or should I just get this one and call it a day?
    There are lots of PSU up to the tasks (the most demanding ones is going with the R9, for an about 500W max draw with not synthetic loads) and by no mean the Seasonic Platinum 1000 is the "best" PSU available (now but even then).


    Quote Originally Posted by God Of Gaming View Post
    BTW the machine that I'm gonna be making for the 2016+ Win10 build will most likely be of the extreme sort (like 5960x and SLI/Crossfire custom water cooled).
    The 5960X Haswell-E isn't really better than Devils Canyon/Broadwell/Skylake at gaming (probably when oc'ing could be easily true the opposite), so if the LGA2011 platform isn't meant just to show off, it's probably not advisable going for it for gaming. But with reference to LGA2011, an heavily oc'ed one with a Crossfire of heavily oc'ed 290X (or similar cards) may require a 1200W class PSU.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quest for silence View Post
    The 5960X Haswell-E isn't really better than Devils Canyon/Broadwell/Skylake at gaming (probably when oc'ing could be easily true the opposite), so if the LGA2011 platform isn't meant just to show off, it's probably not advisable going for it for gaming.
    Well, that's the case now, but after 2016, who knows, DirectX 12 may or may not change that, we'll see how it goes after an year or two. Besides, it will probably not be just for gaming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by God Of Gaming View Post
    Well, that's the case now, but after 2016, who knows, DirectX 12 may or may not change that, we'll see how it goes after an year or two. Besides, it will probably not be just for gaming.
    With current generation hardware, sizing the PSU for a LGA2011 + 2 x R9 290X is strictly depending of actual oc'ing. Without (or with a light) OC, a good 750W unit may be enough, while with insane voltages actual draw may be in excess of 1000W.

    After 2016, I mean with Broadwell-E and AMD 300-series... who knows?
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    Quote Originally Posted by quest for silence View Post
    With current generation hardware, sizing the PSU for a LGA2011 + 2 x R9 290X is strictly depending of actual oc'ing. Without (or with a light) OC, a good 750W unit may be enough, while with insane voltages actual draw may be in excess of 1000W.

    After 2016, I mean with Broadwell-E and AMD 300-series... who knows?
    I hope we dont end up near the washing machine using the dryer outlet to power future behemoths

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrix View Post
    I hope we dont end up near the washing machine using the dryer outlet to power future behemoths
    I don't think so (on the contrary, I guess they could be somewhat more efficient): but, again, who knows?
    I just pointed out it's not advisable/possible to size a PSU a year before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrix View Post
    I hope we dont end up near the washing machine using the dryer outlet to power future behemoths

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrix View Post
    I hope we dont end up near the washing machine using the dryer outlet to power future behemoths
    Quote Originally Posted by Behemot View Post

    Metaphorically, the name has come to be used for any extremely large or powerful entity
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    Quote Originally Posted by Behemot View Post
    I know
    I think he's referring to the higher wattage provided there by that dryer outlet (over the standard ones).
    Best, Luca

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