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Old October 15, 2008, 09:43 AM
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Yeah, you get a startup spike at power-up, but since you'll never see the other components (CPU/Video) maxed out during this time, it's not a serious issue. And even if the spike approaches the PSU's max, it's only temporary, and not going to impact the life expectancy of a good PSU ('good' being the operative word, of course).

And there's no way this system is going to pull much power. Seriously, I can't pull over 400W from the wall with my overclocked Q6600/8800GTS 640 combo. For this HTPC, I'm inclined to agree with Kingnubian's power assessment. Something in the 200-250W range will help keep the PSU working in the better parts of its efficiency curve.
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