PSU (power supply) load calculator

 

Overview

the information you enter here runs only on your browser on your machine, no data is transmitted to a server unless you use bookmark URL button, then it submits to same page (nothing active on server side) and builds a URL. this application DOES run slow due to the huge amount of processing though, and it may cause a "runaway script" error dialog to come up due to the sheer amount of input processing(!). you can put math into the inputs now. this is not really a place to buy, you should go to a store or online store for that like newegg.com. but for conveniene I have provided product page links at e-tailers in the USA.

do your parts research beforehand. this doesn't so that for you, it only calculates approximate cost (dated), and weight of system. amazon.com is good about providing product weight, use the lower of the two values, that's the weight of the product WITHOUT the cardboard box/packaging and packing materials. you can put in prices from anywhere you like. just be careful about hitting refresh (F5 or ctrl-F5), it will reset the page.

you can do math on the input here. the items with units on them need to always have units of some kind. in this case, it's a weight measurement in lbm (lbs mass), kg, or g.

If you use built-in video on the motherboard, just put in Qty 0 for video cards. same goes for sound cards.
Enter your own values in the Hand-picked column. These values were calculated from a spreadsheet using voltage and current values from specs, with the exception of the motherboard.
The result is Watts (W=V*A). this calculator Over-rates the power supply, meaning, adds an extra 80-100W to the power supply's rating to what you calculate here + 20% for stability.
Values calculated are peak wattage consumption, such as would occur during heavy gaming.

I tried to get as many numbers correct as possible.

the prices, however fluctuate too fast for me to keep up. I got these from newegg.com

Please note that this calculator's resulting numbers may be high. the source numbers are taken from product specs or places where I could find a wattage for a given item. because product specs are used, the resulting values may be too high compared to actual usage watts. it's the best I can do with what I have available to me. a system will for most general uses use FAR less power than what you see here. this is best for handling 100% load.

an i7-3970x system with 3 hard drives an SSD and a GTX670 is supposed to use 850W etc, but with a P3 International Kill-a-Watt ez wattmeter, I measure max 135W for the whole system under load. I spec'd for max, just in case. I do put in 100% load periodically (I do that every time I do mass builds or video editing). I prefer to be safe. the 20% rule is optional.

Calculating max power used by a power supply

let's say you have a 750W PSU and it's silver certified (88% efficient). 750*(1+(1-0.88))=840W at the wall, assuming you are using ALL the power it can output (which is not likely).

80 plus power supply certification levels and efficiency at 100% load (source: plugloadsolutions.com)
PSU cert level efficiency
titanium 0.91=91% (for 240V PSU's only)
platinum 0.89=89%
gold 0.87=87%
silver 0.85=85%
bronze 0.82=82%
none (just 80 plus) 0.80=80%

PSU (power supply) load calculator application

updated:3/12/2013

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% efficiency (if NON-80-plus selected)

80 plus Certification (if any):

processor/CPU
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Item Price Min Max Hand-picked Installed Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) Qty Price Min EXT Max EXT Hand-picked EXT Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) EXT
amd Opteron 6000 series $ W W W lbm/kg/g
amd Opteron 4000 series $ W W W lbm/kg/g
amd Opteron 3000 series $ W W W lbm/kg/g
amd A series $ W W W lbm/kg/g
amd E/E1/E2 series (you get these typically on a motherboard as a merged set, lowest end) $ W W W lbm/kg/g
AMD Phenom II series $ W W W lbm/kg/g
amd fx-8150 8-core 8-thread 125W TDP $ W W W lbm/kg/g
amd sempron 1-core 1-thread $ W W W lbm/kg/g
intel Pentium 4 1-core 0-thread $ W W W lbm/kg/g
intel Pentium 4 HT 1-core 2-thread $ W W W lbm/kg/g
intel pentium D 2-core 0-thread. 805 & 820 are 95W. All else is 130W $ W W W lbm/kg/g
intel i5-2500K socket 1155 4-core 4-thread 95W TDP $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K 4-core 8-thread 95W TDP $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Intel Core i3-3240 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz LGA 1155 55W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i33240 2-core 4-thread 55W TDP $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Intel Core i5-3350P Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80637i53350P 4-core 4-thread 69W TDP $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450 4-core 4-thread 77W TDP $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K 4-core 8-thread 77W TDP $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition Sandy Bridge-E 3.3GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73960X 6-core 12-thread 130W TDP. recommended you get at least closed loop liquid cooling due to high heat. you want a target heat of about 40° max 60° $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Intel Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition Sandy Bridge-E 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 150W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73970X 6-core 12-thread 150W TDP. recommended you get at least closed loop liquid cooling due to high heat. you want a target heat of about 40° max 60° $ W W W lbm/kg/g
intel Xeon E3 series 4-core 8-thread 17-95W TDP $ W W W lbm/kg/g
intel Xeon E5 series 8-core 16-thread 70-130W TDP $ W W W lbm/kg/g
intel Xeon E7 series 10-core 20-thread 105W TDP $ W W W lbm/kg/g
--- $ W W W lbm/kg/g
CPU Cooler
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Item Price Min Max Hand-picked Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) Qty Price Min EXT Max EXT Hand-picked EXT Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) EXT
ZALMAN ZM-CS2011 Socket LGA2011 Clip Kit for CNPS11X Extreme, CNPS10X Extreme, CNPS10X $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Zalman CNPS11X Performa cpu cooler $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Zalman CNPS11X Extreme cpu cooler $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Thermaltake CLP0575 240W(consumes 14.4W) socket /LGA2011/LGA1366/LGA2011/LGA1366/LGA1155/1156/LGA775/FM1/AM3/AM2+/AM2/939/754 cooler (sheath, easy to clean) cpu cooler $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Zalman CNPS12X 300W(consumes 15W) socket 2011/1155/1156/1366/775/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2 cpu cooler $ W W W lbm/kg/g
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i 2700RPM 77CFM 37.68dBA 240mm Water Cooler for dual-140mm fan slots(consumes 14.4W) LGA 2011/1366/1156/1155 Socket FM2/FM1/AM3/AM2 closed loop cpu water cooler. told these cl water coolers last for 5 years. $ W W W lbm/kg/g
CORSAIR Hydro Series H110 1500rpm 94CFM 35dBA 280mm Water Cooler for dual-140mm fan slots(consumes 14.4W) Intel LGA 1155 / 1156 / 1366 / 2011 AMD AM2 / AM3 / FM1 / FM2 closed loop cpu water cooler. told these cl water coolers last for 5 years. $ W W W lbm/kg/g
CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i 2700rpm 77 CFM 37.68dBA Water Cooler 120mm(consumes 14.4W) LGA 2011/1366/1156/1155 Socket FM2/FM1/AM3/AM2 closed loop water cooler. told these cl water coolers last for 5 years. $ W W W lbm/kg/g
video 8600 takes 45W. 8800GT requires 26A@12V(312W)
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Item Price Min Max Hand-picked Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) Qty Price Min EXT Max EXT Hand-picked EXT Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) EXT
PCI video card $ W W W lbm/kg/g
AGP video card $ W W W lbm/kg/g
PCI-e video card (1 power connector) $ W W W lbm/kg/g
PCI-e video card (2 power connectors) $ W W W lbm/kg/g
low-end (geforce GTX 620) $ W W W lbm/kg/g
mid-end (geforce GTX 640 4GB) $ W W W lbm/kg/g
mid-end (geforce GTX 650ti 2GB) or here at evga $ W W W lbm/kg/g
mid (geforce GTX 670) $ W W W lbm/kg/g
high-end (geforce GTX 680) $ W W W lbm/kg/g
high-end (EVGA 04G-P4-3687-KR GeForce GTX 680 FTW+ w/Backplate 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card) 11/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
mid-performance (geforce GTX 570 219W *adobe) $ W W W lbm/kg/g
mid-performance (EVGA SuperClocked+ 03G-P4-3663-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 150W *adobe) $ W W W lbm/kg/g
high-performance (geforce GTX 580 293W *adobe) $ W W W lbm/kg/g
high-performance (geforce GTX 680 195W *adobe) $ W W W lbm/kg/g
high-performance (geforce GTX 690 300W *adobe) $ W W W lbm/kg/g
high-performance (Nvidia geforce Titan 250W Kepler *adobe) PCIe 3.0 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
high-performance (NVidia Tesla GPU Supercomputing Card 300W *adobe) $ W W W lbm/kg/g
high-performance (NVidia Tesla K20 GPU Supercomputing Card Kepler? 300W *adobe) $ W W W lbm/kg/g
case
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Item Price Min Max Hand-picked Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) Qty Price EXT Min EXT Max EXT Hand-picked EXT Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) EXT
Corsair Carbide 400R black PC case, 2xUSB 3.0, 1xfirewire, comes with 2x120mm front fans, 1x120mm rearfan, can take 2x120mm side fans, can take bottom 120mm fan, can take 2 top 140mm fans or top 240mm corsair H100 radiator 2/28/2013 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Corsair Carbide 500R white PC case, 2xUSB 3.0, 1xfirewire, comes with 2x120mm front fans, 1x120mm rearfan, 1x200mm side fan, can take bottom 120mm fan, can take 2 top 140mm fans or top 240mm corsair H100 radiator 2/28/2013 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Corsair Carbide 500R black PC case, 2xUSB 3.0, 1xfirewire, comes with 2x120mm front fans, 1x120mm rearfan, 1x200mm side fan, can take bottom 120mm fan, 2 top 140mm fans or top 240mm H100 radiator 10/7/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case PC case (4xusb 2.0, 1xUSB 3.0, 1xfirewire), 1x120mm fan, 2x200mm (top and front) (can replace top with 2x120mm fans or radiator), can take 4x120mm side fans, comes with 2x120mm front fans, 1x120mm rear fan, 1x200mm side fan, can take bottom 120mm fan, 2 top 140mm fans or top 240mm H110 10/7/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
antec twelve hundred v3 PC case (USB 3.0) 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
antec twelve hundred PC case (2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, HD Audio In and Out, 9x3.5" 3-12x5.25") 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
antec nine hundred PC case (USB 3.0) 11/16/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
antec nine hundred two v3 PC case (USB 3.0) 11/16/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
psu (more weight is better built)
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Item Price Min Max Hand-picked Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) Qty Price EXT Min EXT Max EXT Hand-picked EXT Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) EXT
Corsair Professional Series™ Gold AX850 — 80 PLUS® Gold Certified Fully-Modular Power Supply single rail 12V, 7 yr warranty, PSU (87% efficient), 960.5W at the wall@100% 10/7/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Corsair Professional Series™ Gold AX750 — 80 PLUS® Gold Certified Fully-Modular Power Supply single rail 12V, 7 yr warranty, PSU (87% efficient), 847.5W at the wall@100% 10/7/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Corsair Professional Series™ Gold AX650 — Fully-Modular Power Supply single rail 12V, 7 yr warranty, PSU (87% efficient), 734.5W at the wall@100% 10/7/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Corsair AX1200i Digital ATX Power Supply — 1200 Watt 80 PLUS® Platinum Certified Fully-Modular PSU single rail 12V, 7 yr warranty, PSU (89% efficient), 1,337.328W at the wall@100% 10/7/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Corsair Professional Series™ Gold AX1200 — 80 PLUS® Gold Certified Fully-Modular Power Supply single rail 12V, 7 yr warranty, PSU (87% efficient), 1,361.424W at the wall@100% 10/7/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
antec HCG-750 High Current Gamer 750W bronze certified 80 plus PSU (82.54% efficient), 3 year warranty, 881W at the wall@100% 8/8/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
antec HCG-900 High Current Gamer 900W bronze certified 80 plus PSU (82.01% efficient), 3 year warranty, 1061W at the wall@100% 8/8/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
antec HCP-1000 High Current Pro 1000W Platinum Platinum certified 80 plus PSU (90.05% efficient), 7 year warranty, 1100W at the wall@100% 8/8/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
antec HCP-1200 High Current Pro 1200W gold certified 80 plus PSU (88.33% efficient), 3 year warranty, standard NEMA5-15P, 1340W at the wall@100% 8/8/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Thermaltake Smart SP-430P 430W ATX 12V 2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply PSU (80% efficient), 3 year warranty, standard NEMA5-15P, 11/16/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Thermaltake Smart SP-630P 630W ATX 12V 2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply (80% efficient), 3 year warranty, standard NEMA5-15P, 11/16/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Thermaltake SMART M Series SP-750M 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply PSU (82% efficient), 3 year warranty, standard NEMA5-15P, 11/16/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Thermaltake SMART M Series SP-850M 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply PSU (82% efficient), 3 year warranty, standard NEMA5-15P 11/16/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
pc power and cooling silencer 760W 80 plus silver certified PSU (86.95% efficient), 7 year warranty, 859W at the wall@100% 8/8/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
pc power and cooling silencer 750 quad 80 plus silver certified PSU shop direct, quad PCI-e and 15 drive connectors (825W peak) (80.69% efficient), double ball-bearing fan, 7 year warranty, 895W at the wall@100% 8/8/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
pc power and cooling silencer 910W 80 plus silver certified, nvidia certified PSU shop direct (85.68% efficient), 7 year warranty, 1040W at the wall@100% 8/8/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
pc power and cooling silencer mkII 950 80 plus silver certified PSU shop direct (86.95% efficient), double ball-bearing fan, 7 year warranty, 1074W at the wall@100% 8/8/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
pc power and cooling turbo-cool 860 PSU (81.00% efficient), 7 year warranty, standard NEMA5-15P, 1023W peak at the wall@100% 8/8/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
pc power and cooling turbo-cool 1200 PSU shop direct (83% efficient), 7 year warranty, standard NEMA5-15P, 1404W peak at the wall@100% 8/8/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
motherboard (estimated values)
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Item Price Min Max Hand-picked Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) Qty Price EXT Min EXT Max EXT Hand-picked EXT Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) EXT
generic modern motherboard, recommended minimum 590W PSU for stability 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
ASUS P9X79 Deluxe motherboard (intel socket 2011 i7-38xx/i7-39xx) up to 64GB RAM recommended minimum 590W PSU for stability 11/16/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
ASUS P9X79 PRO motherboard (intel socket 2011 i7-38xx/i7-39xx) up to 64GB RAM recommended minimum 590W PSU for stability 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe/Gen3 motherboard (intel socket 1155 i7-2xxx) recommended minimum 590W PSU for stability 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
ASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard recommended minimum 590W PSU for stability 11/16/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT motherboard (intel socket 1155 2nd gen/3rd gen/core i5/core i3/pentium/celeron) recommended minimum 590W PSU for stability 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
ASUS F1A75-V EVO motherboard (AMD Socket FM1 A-Series/E2-Series) recommended minimum 590W PSU for stability 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 motherboard (amd socket AM3+ FX/Phenom™ II/Athlon™ II/Sempron™ 100 Series, win8) not out yet recommended minimum 590W PSU for stability 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
drives
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Item Price Min Max Hand-picked Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) Qty Price EXT Min EXT Max EXT Hand-picked EXT Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) EXT
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support 11/16/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
LITEON iHAS524 DVD burner (liteon labelflash can burn label and data simultaneously) 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
LITEON iHBS312 (has BR-DL write) or HP blu-ray burner 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Pioneer 15X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BDR-2208 (BDXL=128GB disc) 3/12/2013 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Pioneer Black 15X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA 15X Internal Blu-ray Burner BDR-208DBK (BDXL=128GB disc) 3/12/2013 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Intel 313 Series Hawley Creek SSDSA2VP024G301 2.5" 24GB SATA II SLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (read articles on SSD's first! don't defrag! requires windows 7/8) - this one is useful for SRT disk cache!, 10/17/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Kingston SSDNow V+200 KR-S3160-3H 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal 7mm Solid State Drive (SSD) (Upgrade Bundle Kit) 85kIOPS@4KiB read,60kIOPS@4KiB write (read articles on SSD's first! don't defrag! requires windows 7/8) - this one is useful for SRT disk cache!, 10/17/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Kingston SSDNow V+200 KR-S3190-3H 2.5" 90GB SATA III Internal 7mm Solid State Drive (SSD) (Upgrade Bundle Kit) 85kIOPS@4KiB read,57kIOPS@4KiB write (read articles on SSD's first! don't defrag! requires windows 7/8) - this one is useful for SRT disk cache!, 10/17/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Kingston SSDNow V+200 KR-S3120-3H 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal 7mm Solid State Drive (SSD) (Upgrade Bundle Kit) 85kIOPS@4KiB read,55kIOPS@4KiB write (read articles on SSD's first! don't defrag! requires windows 7/8) - this one is useful for SRT disk cache!, 10/17/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Kingston SSDNow V+200 KR-S3140-3H 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal 7mm Solid State Drive (SSD) (Upgrade Bundle Kit) 85kIOPS@4KiB read,43kIOPS@4KiB write (read articles on SSD's first! don't defrag! requires windows 7/8) - this one is useful for SRT disk cache!, 10/17/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Kingston SSDNow V+200 KR-S3180-3H 2.5" 480GB SATA III Internal 7mm Solid State Drive (SSD) (Upgrade Bundle Kit) 75kIOPS@4KiB read,34kIOPS@4KiB write (read articles on SSD's first! don't defrag! requires windows 7/8) - this one is useful for SRT disk cache!, 10/17/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-256G 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (read articles on SSD's first! don't defrag! requires windows 7/8), 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
OCZ RevoDrive X2 PCI-e Solid State Drive (SSD) 100GB-960GB (read articles on SSD's first! don't defrag! requires windows 7/8), 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 90K IOPS Write, 100K IOPS Read. 5yr warranty (read articles on SSD's first! don't defrag! requires windows 7/8), 3/12/2013 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Seagate Hybrid Drive ST4000DX001 4TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 3.5" Desktop SSHD 4k sectors, use like normal hard drive just faster, 11/8/2014 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Seagate Hybrid Drive ST2000DX001 2TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 3.5" Desktop SSHD 4k sectors, use like normal hard drive just faster, 11/8/2014 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Intel DC S3500 Series SSDSC2BB800G401 800GiB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 10K IOPS Write, 72K IOPS Read. 5yr warranty (read articles on SSD's first! don't defrag! requires windows 7/8), 11/8/2014 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
hard disk, 5400RPM 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
hard disk, green 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
WD Blue 7200 RPM SATA 3.5" Internal Hard Drive 512-byte sectors and maybe 4096. 9/11/2013 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
WD Blue 7200 RPM IDE 3.5" Internal Hard Drive 512-byte sectors. 9/11/2013 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 4K sectors. 11/16/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
hard disk, Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 4K sector 10/17/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
hard disk, Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 2yr warranty 4K sector 11/16/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
hard disk, HGST Ultrastar 7K4000 HUS724030ALE640 3TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive -Bare Drive 5yr warranty 4K sector 3/12/2013 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
hard disk, Western Digital WD Black WD4001FAEX 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 5yr warranty 4K sector 2/28/2013 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
hard disk, WD 10000RPM 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
teac FD05PUB USB floppy drive (USB or regular internal - 5V@0.5A) always been this way - 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
RAM/memory
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Item Price Min Max Hand-picked Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) Qty Price EXT Min EXT Max EXT Hand-picked EXT Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) EXT
SDRAM (each) $ W W W lbm/kg/g
SDRAM gamer (each) $ W W W lbm/kg/g
DDR (each) 2.9 is based on 1GB pc3200 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
DDR2 (each) $ W W W lbm/kg/g
DDR3-1066 (each) 1.890W non-ECC 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
DDR3-1333 (each) W non-ECC 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
DDR3-1600 2.225W 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
DDR3-1866 (each) ?W 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
DDR3-2133 (each) 1.8W 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
ports
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Item Price Min Max Hand-picked Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) Qty Price EXT Min EXT Max EXT Hand-picked EXT Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) EXT
regular USB ports $ W W W lbm/kg/g
high-power USB ports $ W W W lbm/kg/g
IEEE-1394 ports (got this from the spec) 5/4/2011 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
cards
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Item Price Min Max Hand-picked Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) Qty Price EXT Min EXT Max EXT Hand-picked EXT Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) EXT
Creative Soundblaster PCIe-1x Sound Card 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
PCI card (audio cards use 10W, don't know about tv tuners) 5/4/2011. obsolete. 6-port USB card at .5A per port=6×5v×0.5A=15W $ W W W lbm/kg/g
PCI-e 1x 5/4/2011 new spec gives 150W $ W W W lbm/kg/g
PCI-e 4x/PCI-e Gen 2.0x16 card (guesswork based on video card and audio card numbers) 5/4/2011 new spec gives 150W $ W W W lbm/kg/g
SYBA SI-PEX40064 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card 11/8/2014 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
PCI-X card new spec gives 150W $ W W W lbm/kg/g
case fans
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Item Price Min Max Hand-picked Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) Qty Price EXT Min EXT Max EXT Hand-picked EXT Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) EXT
antec 200mm Blue LED Big boy(bb) fan 11/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
antec tricool 120mm fan 2ball, 11/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition High Airflow 140mm Fan, Hydraulic Bearing, reliable, quiet 10/7/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition High Airflow 120mm Fan, Hydraulic Bearing, reliable, quiet 10/7/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
80mm LED fans 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
92mm LED fans 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
120mm LED fans 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
140mm LED fans 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
200mm LED fans 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
230mm LED fans 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
250mm LED fans 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
misc
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Item Price Min Max Hand-picked Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) Qty Price EXT Min EXT Max EXT Hand-picked EXT Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) EXT
heavy Unicomp "old IBM clack feel/sound" USB mechanical keyboard wired PS/2 or (they make/made them for IBM) I *always* recommend PS/2 keyboards because USB keyboards don't always show up at boot on old systems, OK with UEFI. $79 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
KeyTronic tag-a-long-P1 Beige PS/2 wired Standard Keyboard, I *always* recommend PS/2 keyboards because USB keyboards don't always show up at boot on old systems, OK with UEFI. 9/10/2013 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
KeyTronic CLASSIC-P2 Black PS/2 wired Standard Keyboard, I *always* recommend PS/2 keyboards because USB keyboards don't always show up at boot on old systems, OK with UEFI. 11/16/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
KeyTronic CLASSIC-U1 Beige USB wired Standard Keyboard, I *always* recommend PS/2 keyboards because USB keyboards don't always show up at boot on old systems, OK with UEFI. 9/10/2013 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
KeyTronic CLASSIC-U2 Black USB wired Standard Keyboard, I *always* recommend PS/2 keyboards because USB keyboards don't always show up at boot on old systems, OK with UEFI. 9/10/2013 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Logitech Optical USB Mouse B100 (910-001439) Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Mouse - OEM 9/11/2013 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
networking
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Item Price Min Max Hand-picked Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) Qty Price EXT Min EXT Max EXT Hand-picked EXT Weight (lbm (lbs) or kg or g) EXT
PCI Network Card (NIC) 5/4/2011 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
ASUS PCE-AC66 PCI-e Dual-Band Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b/g/n Up to 1750Mbps (450/1300Mbps) Wireless Data Rates PCI-e 802.11ac/a/b/g/n wireless Card. don't know wattage. this is a guess, probably more than 35. 11/8/2014 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
ASUS PCE-AC56 PCI-e Dual-Band Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b/g/n Up to 1300Mbps (450/1300Mbps) Wireless Data Rates PCI-e 802.11ac/a/b/g/n wireless Card. don't know wattage. this is a guess, probably more than 35. 11/8/2014 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
ASUS PCE-N15 PCI-e Dual-Band Wireless Adapter 2.4GHGz IEEE 802.11b/g/n Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates PCI-e 802.11b/g/n wireless Card. don't know wattage, not much. 11/8/2014 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
ASUS PCE-AC68 PCI-e Dual-Band Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b/g/n Up to 1900Mbps (600/1300Mbps) Wireless Data Rates PCI-e 802.11ac/a/b/g/n wireless Card. don't know wattage.this is a guess, probably more than 35. 11/8/2014 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
Linksys WMP600N PCI 802.11a/b/g/n wireless Card 5/4/2011 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
PCI 802.11n/ac wireless Card 6/12/2012 $ W W W lbm/kg/g
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Check at corsair.com and extreme.outervision.com for a calculator that figures out # of HD's and type of graphics card and tells you what wattage of PSU to buy! since expansion is usually inevitable, plan on 2 hard drives and 2 optical drives (total: 4).

references: blu-ray watts, i7 sandy bridge watts, asus p9x79 watts and i7-3960x watts, Intel's TDP rating is NOT Max watts and SB heat, intel 3rd gen desktop vol1 datasheet

Intel Turbo Boost will raise the ratio of application power to TDP, so thermal solutions and platform cooling that are designed to less than TDP might experience thermal and performance issues since more applications tend to run at the maximum power limit for longer periods of time - try opening more windows/applications than you have threads for instance.