600W PSU for GTX 980 Ti Lightning

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I recently picked up an open-box item from Newegg.

It came with an AMD R9 285 MSI Gaming 2GB card, and a standard 600W Bronze PSU.

I added a 240GB SSD to go along with the 1TB WD HD that came with the computer. When I go to PC part picker, and swap out the AMD with the GTX 980 ti, it says power consumption is 471W. I'm pretty sure the 600W PSU in the system right now would be sufficient, but am seeking affirmation from this community :)

 
That PSU is not good enough for the GTX 980ti.

That isn't a high-quailty PSU, and has a weak 12v rail. Most after-market GTX 980 ti models also require 2 8-pin PCIe power cables, and your current PSU only has one.

I suggest either of these 2 as good upgrades to power the GTX 980ti:

Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $89.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-10 09:13 EST-0500

Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($71.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $71.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-10 09:17 EST-0500
 

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Thanks for the heads up!

My local best buy has this model in stock: I'd like to get it from BB, for rewards etc.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/corsair-cx-series-modular-cx750m-750w-atx-power-supply-black/8324202.p?id=1218872214205&skuId=8324202

Would this be a good alternative to the ones you mentioned?
 

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Thanks for your input, I appreciate it. I actually went with the newer version, the RM750x. Can't wait to get it!

I wonder how good GPU sales will be for Black Friday this year.

Also, right now my computer has 8 GB DDR3. I honestly don't know which brand it is. Two questions:

1.) Does Intel Z97 MB support DDR4? If so, would it be worth gettings 16GB DDR4 memory.
2.) If it doesn't support DDR4, can I add any DDR3, or would it be advisable to replace the 8GB in there with 2 8GB vengeance, ripjaw, etc.
 
No problem, and good choice, the RMx is better than just the RM.

1) No, it doesn't support DDR4

2) It would be a much better choice to replace your current module with 2 8GB sticks from the same pack. Vengeance, Ripjaw, or Sniper would all be very good models to look for.
 

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