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    you aren't picking out the cpu (AMD has CPU from 45watts to 125watts) and you are leaving the possibility of running SLI cards in the future (what 200watt to 600 watts?)

    Well then you need something between 200 watts(with no vid card) and 850 watts.

    That is a pretty big range.( the majority of all PSU made)

    The two 650 watt units you have are very good quality, but there is really no advice needed. They are positioned to be adequate for a large chunk of users.
    If you want better advice, you need to narrow your criteria.

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    Mild overclocking and sli gtx 460 ? Both 650W PSU you've linked will be enough. For some headroom you can buy the 750W version :
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371025

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    get the seasonic 650 X

    on sale for $110, can't beat value.

    http://www.jonnyguru.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7628

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    Thanks a lot mdk!! That made my day!

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    In Canada (where i live) the Antec TP-650 is on sale for 50$ after MIR .
    I've notice some nice deals on HD 5850/ 5870 since its likely they are slowly phase out for the 6000 series.
    Its worthwhile to find a website (or some type of forum) like redflag deals in Canada. Its community largely composed by bargain hunters can help to point some deals on less known sellers.

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    Well obviously the MB won't draw 300 watts, I'm just going by what the user's manual states, that a minimum of 300w PSU is recommended, otherwise the system may not boot up correctly. Ive used wattage calculators online and most people agree that you should get a PSU that's roughly double what your normal power consumption will be. That way you're running mostly at 50% of capacity, the PSU's 'sweet spot' for efficiency. Or at least that's the way I understand it, feel free to correct me. I agree with I think Allikat who said that 650 is enough. When it no longer is enough, sounds like i'll be saving up for my second 'from scratch' build.

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    650W is more than enough, leaves considerable headroom. The Antec TPN is an excellent choice, but keep an eye out for good deals
    Careful what you wish for... You just might get it.

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    Just for fun i did a build value/performance using canadians online vendors. Usually, you can find better deals in the U.S..

    Case: Coolermaster CM 690 II Basic 68$


    PSU: Antec Truepower New 650W 80$-30 MIR


    Motherboard: ASUS M4A79XTD Evo 96-15 MIR


    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 135$


    Memory : G.SKILL F3-10666CL7D 46$


    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB 53$


    Video Card:XFX Radeon HD 5850 Black 210$- 40$


    Burner: Samsung 22X 17$


    CPU cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 25$


    Total : 730$ +taxe & shipping -85$ MIR

    You can play with this build and adapt it to your need.
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    Default HD question:

    So what are your opinions with Hard Drive setups? Is setting up the OS on a separate HD worth the extra expense? This isn't a question for the RAIDers, just wondering if I should put that $30 I just saved with the promo tip back into the computer. What are you guys doing in this regard?

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    What do you gain with the OS on a separate drive?
    Careful what you wish for... You just might get it.

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