Resolved: How much power?

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I am in the process of upgrading my Computer ... I have ordered the following components ...
Intel Core2Quad 6600 Processor
GeForce 8600GT 512MB Graphics Card
2GB of RAM DDR2-800
And I already have 2 HDD's and one DVD writer
Also ... my screen runs on its own power ...

I would like to know how big my new Power supply should be to run this configuration ... I have absolutely no idea how to figure that out ...
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I would say at least a 850w. You could probably get by with like 700, but i wouldn't chance it....you can get a 1000w for not a bad price in some areas of the net.
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850W is unnecessary in my opinion. I have a similarly configured system:

EVGA 680i SLI motherboard
Intel Core2Duo E6750 CPU
2GB PC6400 800Mhz DDR2 RAM
GeForce 8800GTS (320MB)
500GB SATA + 80GB SATA
DVD-RW, blah blah blah

I'm running a 600W PSU and it's plenty of power for the system. My CPU is OC'ed from 2.66 to 3.2Ghz, and the video card's GPU is slightly OC'ed. Still no sweat for the PSU.

You can spend the extra money for a 700 or 800 Watt power supply, but I honestly don't think you'll need it. The best thing to do would be to look at the specs for all of your components, add up the power that each uses, and go a little higher than that.
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In my opinion better safe that sorry, especially when talking about power.
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I would say that you do not need an 850w power supply. I have a similar setup running on 600W. The only difference is I have a 7950 geforce 512mb instead of the newer 8800.

You could get anything above 600w to be safe and to be able to add more stuff, but you won't be using all of that power.
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Okay thanks guys ... I'm marking this as resolved ...

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