[SOLVED] Non-wallet busting PSU options?

Chad Ashton

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Doing a new partial build...going to re-use my GTX 1060 6GB until the GPU situation improves...if it does...or my financial situation improves...whichever comes first. Then I'll be looking at a 3060 or 3070.
Anyways...according to PC Part Picker...with the 1060 I'm looking at 350w. If I throw a 3060 in there it says 425w. The 3070 shows 517w. So I'm thinking if I get a 650w PSU...that should cover me in all scenarios?
The question is...are there any $100 or less recommendations to consider? I was looking at the Cooler Master MWE Gold, CORSAIR RM650x (2018), and the SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold which is top (a little over) of my budget. I'm actually currently using a Seasonic 520w S12 II with no issues and I'd imagine that would be good enough for my 1060 build. But I'm just looking ahead, plus the S12 a not modular so I'd like a full or semi-modular PSU this time so I can better clean up my wiring.
 
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Doing a new partial build...going to re-use my GTX 1060 6GB until the GPU situation improves...if it does...or my financial situation improves...whichever comes first. Then I'll be looking at a 3060 or 3070.
Anyways...according to PC Part Picker...with the 1060 I'm looking at 350w. If I throw a 3060 in there it says 425w. The 3070 shows 517w. So I'm thinking if I get a 650w PSU...that should cover me in all scenarios?
The question is...are there any $100 or less recommendations to consider? I was looking at the Cooler Master MWE Gold, CORSAIR RM650x (2018), and the SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold which is top (a little over) of my budget. I'm actually currently using a Seasonic 520w S12 II with no issues and I'd imagine that would be good enough for my 1060 build. But I'm just looking ahead, plus the S12 a not modular so I'd like a full or semi-modular PSU this time so I can better clean up my wiring.

I'd say the Corsair or the Seasonic. When I took a very thorough PC construction course in 1992, they emphasized that the PSU is just about the most important part of your computer, since it can directly affect the health and performance of all of the other components. You never want to pick one with an eye on price alone. I find it helpful to continue reading PSU reviews even when I'm not building a system, it's worth it should you ever be faced with a failing PSU (which I've experienced twice in the last 30 years). I've used both Corsair and Seasonic and both are great PSUs. Personally, I now stick with Seasonic based on their reputation, construction, quality parts used inside. They also are a primary supplier for other companies PSUs. I've used the Seasonic Focus Gold 650 and it's a great supply that can generally be found at a good price. It may run a bit more that you budgeted, but it's worth the peace of mind knowing you have a solid power supply. Read a few reviews on the Corsair unit you mentioned and it they are solid and it fits better into your budget, you should be fine with it.
 
Doing a new partial build...going to re-use my GTX 1060 6GB until the GPU situation improves...if it does...or my financial situation improves...whichever comes first. Then I'll be looking at a 3060 or 3070.
Anyways...according to PC Part Picker...with the 1060 I'm looking at 350w. If I throw a 3060 in there it says 425w. The 3070 shows 517w. So I'm thinking if I get a 650w PSU...that should cover me in all scenarios?
The question is...are there any $100 or less recommendations to consider? I was looking at the Cooler Master MWE Gold, CORSAIR RM650x (2018), and the SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold which is top (a little over) of my budget. I'm actually currently using a Seasonic 520w S12 II with no issues and I'd imagine that would be good enough for my 1060 build. But I'm just looking ahead, plus the S12 a not modular so I'd like a full or semi-modular PSU this time so I can better clean up my wiring.
If you might upgrade to a 3070 you want at least a 650 watt unit. If you can fit a 750 watt in your budget it will give you a bit more headroom. Here's 2 top options in your budget at the time of this posting-