May 3, 2012

This would be the first time that I am building a desktop. It will be for gaming and video editing purposes. I need help because I don't know how much watts I would need for this setup. Also, if you have any suggestions, like if the system won't work for whatever reason, please say it. Like I said, it will be the first time I will be building one.

Intel Core i7-3770K BX80667i73770K Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 3.50GHz (3.90GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 77W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail

Corsair CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler - Socket LGA775, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366, Core i5, Core i7

ASUS P8H77-M PRO Intel 7 Series Motherboard - Micro ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel H77 Express, 2200MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, CrossFireX

Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS Latency, Intel XMP Ready, Unbuffered

Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gb/s

EVGA 02G-P3-1469-KR GeForce GTX 560 Superclocked Video Card - 2GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 2x Dual-Link DVI-I, Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready, Overclocked

Lite-On iHES112-04 12X Internal Blu-Ray/DVDRW Combo Drive - BD ROM/DVDRW, Software not Included, Black (OEM)

Azza CSAZ-1000 Solano 1000 Full Tower Gaming Case - ATX, Micro-ATX, E-ATX, 10x Ext 5.25", 1x Ext 3.5", 8x Int 3.5", 1x 120mm Fan, 2x 140mm Fans, 2 x 230mm Fans, 3x USB, e-SATA, Blue LED

Thank you!

You've got to be kidding. A PC with SLI GTX560tis only requires a 700W PSU with 53A on the 12V rails; a GTX 560 requires less power than that.

Not a problem - I get ahead of myself or read posts wrong, too. ;)

1. I rarely suggest more than 8GB of RAm, but if you're going to be doing video editing, then I recommend 16GB.
2. Do you intend on getting a second GTX 560 for SLI in the future? This will significantly change the PSU recommendation. A good quality 500-550W PSU is sufficient for a system with a single GTX 560, but you will need some extra power for an SLI rig.
3. I recommend taking a look at some other retail sites for price comparison. This recent thread has some great suggestions: I personally use


Jan 28, 2012
how heavy is the video editing, for casual stuff then get 8GB now and see how that goes,

8GB modules will get cheaper soon so if you need faster you could get a couple of those for 24GB total or some other crazy ammount
how about an SSD for booting and a couple of small programs like MS word or something
For a system using a single GeForce GTX 560 graphics card NVIDIA specifies a minimum of a 450 Watt or greater power supply that has a combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 24 Amps or greater and that has at least two 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors.

For a system using two GeForce GTX 560 graphics cards in 2-way SLI mode NVIDIA specifies a minimum of a 600 Watt or greater power supply that has a combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 37 Amps or greater and that has at least four 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors.

Total Power Supply Wattage is NOT the crucial factor in power supply selection!!! Total Continuous Amperage Available on the +12V Rail(s) is the most important factor.

Factory or manual overclocking of the CPU and/or GPU will require an additional increase to the combined +12 Volt continuous current ratings, recommended above, to meet the increase in power required for the overclock(s). The additional amount required will depend on the magnitude of the overclock you are trying to achieve.

Are you looking for a power supply with modular output cables?


May 3, 2012
Thanks for all the replies.

I'm considering getting two GPUs, but not in the near future, probably in the next year or two because of budget problems. If I buy a second GPU in 2 years, do you still suggest getting a 700W PSU because I hear they die out after a while. I wanted to buy from newegg originally, but they dont ship to my location, I live in Guam.

@rugger and ROBI_G
Video editing isn't that heavy. I use it for occasional projects, but they usually don't exceed 30 seconds. I usually make them once a month.

I really considered getting an SSD, but like I said earlier, I have budget problems. I do intend getting one in the future.

Yes, i'm looking for a modular PSU.

OCZ ZT Series ATX Modular 80 Plus Bronze 750W Power Supply for $94.99 ($74.99 After Rebate). It has a 5-Year Warranty.

It is more than capable of handling your system configuration with two GeForce GTX 560 graphics cards in 2-way SLI mode.