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A word on wattage requirements: almost no modern systems need more than 650 watts, even more so if it is 80+ silver rated or above. Typically your average gaming rig is only going to use around 400-450 watts max, and it helps to buy a PSU with plenty of "breathing room" persay when it comes to the maximum wattage.
If you are overclocking and are running a single GPU system with 8+ GBs of memory and a decent CPU, then 750 watts 80+ bronze+ is the absolute maximum you will need. You only need 800-1000 watts if you plan on using more than one video card or a ton of hard drives/optical drives. Buying a 1000 watt power supply when you are not building an enthusiast PC is a huge waste of money. Also, the quality of a PSU is determined by the quality of the parts used and its efficiency rating (80 plus rating), not by it's maximum wattage. Don't vote based on the maximum wattage like it is an indicator of quality.
For this reason I have submitted an EVGA 650 watt 80 plus gold PSU.
The EVGA 650 isn't very good, though.
real. a 1200W psu is so excessive. i use an NZXT Hale90 750W and i can SLI+i7+16GB of ram and one SSD and one main HDD
2 hard drives? That's cute.
Mining rigs/farms tend to need high capacity power supplies, unless perhaps they're centered around the 750 Ti.
Aside from that, is there a target wattage range for this poll? Different kinds of builds—work station, HTPC, gaming (high- and low-end), mining, etc.—have different power supply needs.
The NEX650 is a terrible PSU, not to mention your logic is messed up. A quality 550w will run any single GPU system, even OCed (not overvolting the GPU). 650w for 2 OCed GPUs.
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