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Budgetdude

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May 23, 2016
Hi,

Inspired by the many "tech-tubers" out there on youtube, I've decided to give computer building a go. I'm not a super demanding gamer (I mostly play old titles like age of empires 3 and mount and blade warband) so i don't need a very powerfull system. I do hower have an interest in computers and I would like to get some experience in overclocking, so I decided to build myself a PC with old parts because old parts are relatively cheap so i dont have to be afraid I break them by overclocking. These are the parts that I have managed to get together from Marktplaats, the Dutch equivalent of eBay:

Mobo: Asus p5n- t Deluxe (specs can be found here https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P5NT_Deluxe/specifications/)

CPU: Intel Pentium e5800 (I plan on upgrading this to a core2quad Q9550 later on, but I am on a tight budget atm and this cpu was only 5 euros)

CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

GPU: 2 MSI GTX460 HAWK cards, I plan on running them in SLI, since this mobo supports that.

RAM: 4X 2GB 800Mhz DDR2 (total of 8GB)

The only part I haven't ordered yet is the power supply, as this is my fist time building a computer and I don't know a whole lot about the connectors or wattages. The MSI GTX460's need two 6 pin power connectors, so for the SLI I will need a total of four 6 pin power connectors for my GPU's. I want to try to get as much power out of the GPU's as well as the CPU and a review online advised to get at least 850 Watts to be able to do some overclocking for these cards. I found this power supply (https://www.afuture.nl/productview.php?productID=277896) online, its a 920 Watt power supply so I think it should be powerfull enough for this build, what do you think?
If this PSU is powerfull enough, the next problem is that it only has two 6 pin connectors and one 6+2 pin connector, while I need 4 6 pin connectors for my GPU's. Would it be possible to convert the 6+2 pin to two 6-pin connectors? And if so, wouldn't I need the 6+2 pin connector for any other components?

Any help will be much appreciated!
 

EarthDog

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God only knows who makes that PSU... I would stay away from it. The PSU is the foundation of any system and should not be skimped on.

I also recommend NOT going SLI with those two cards. SLI can be more problems than it is worth. And if/when you start playing modern(ish) games at 1080p, the 768/1GB of memory will hurt your gaming experience (vRAM doesn't 'add up' when you SLI, FYI). A single 460 can easily handle the games you listed. I would run with one now and if you get into a pickle, look into buying a modern card. Heck, even a GTX 750Ti will be better.

As far as power required, the 460 is a 160W card. If you have two, that is 320W. Your system with the quad core CPU is another 150W. A 650W would be plenty. Something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1N83UB7918
 
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Budgetdude

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First of all thank you for your reaction.
I have already bought the GPU's so I'm kind of set on going Sli, since I'll have them anyways and I'm pretty curious about their performance. Is the 150 watt and 160 watt taking overclocking into account? These cards are special editions of the GTX460 (1GB and different cooler with 2 fans) and are said to be very overclockable. On the original box MSI claims that they can easily be overclocked to 1000Mhz. They also have triple overvoltage or something of that nature (no Idea what that is or how that will affect the power usage). The thing is that I don't want to be limited by my power supply in how far I can go overclocking the GPU and CPU. I went looking in a bit of a higher price range and a little lower wattage and found this cooler master PSU, https://www.afuture.nl/productview.php?productID=1049143 Lets pretend I am a super skilled overclocker and i can push this system to it very limits, will this power supply have all the power/Watts that I could possibly need?
 

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The power supply is a very important piece of hardware in a PC, The better you buy the better it will serve you over the years.
I have made a mistake and will have to buy or connect another PSU when i will buy a new GPU. You should go with at least a 600W PSU if you plan to upgrade the rig (For overclocking) over time.
 

EarthDog

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First of all thank you for your reaction.
I have already bought the GPU's so I'm kind of set on going Sli, since I'll have them anyways and I'm pretty curious about their performance. Is the 150 watt and 160 watt taking overclocking into account? These cards are special editions of the GTX460 (1GB and different cooler with 2 fans) and are said to be very overclockable. On the original box MSI claims that they can easily be overclocked to 1000Mhz. They also have triple overvoltage or something of that nature (no Idea what that is or how that will affect the power usage). The thing is that I don't want to be limited by my power supply in how far I can go overclocking the GPU and CPU. I went looking in a bit of a higher price range and a little lower wattage and found this cooler master PSU, https://www.afuture.nl/productview.php?productID=1049143 Lets pretend I am a super skilled overclocker and i can push this system to it very limits, will this power supply have all the power/Watts that I could possibly need?
Plenty serviceable...: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story6&reid=430