Originally Posted by evilhippie
It seems to be that way in the power supply world, you get what you pay for... for the most part. I definitely wouldn't consider myself anywhere near the level of "PSU Enthusiast", but I do consider the power supply to be the most critical part of any PC build. Generally I go with large, efficient PSUs and run them nowhere near maximum load (maybe 1/3-1/2 maximum).
How large are we talking? 600W? 800W? 1KW? I suppose that depends on what kind of system you're building, but let's assume the PSU's a quality unit with plenty of clean amps to deliver and it's powering a fast CPU and high-end to top-of-the-line GPU, both overclocked.
Meanwhile, I stopped by Micro Center today and picked up an i5-4670K. Costa Rica, 3313B365. Can't tell if this one's gonna be a good batch or not yet; most of the information I've found concerns the Malaysian ones. Right now, though, my focus is on getting the FFXIV copy that was prominently advertised on their site and NOT given with that CPU, perhaps because I forgot to ask about it. (I was in a bit of a rush at the time.)
Note that I can't test it just yet without my new motherboard. That may come tomorrow, or Saturday. Depends on whether FedEx will bump up their delivery estimate a day early since it's already in Atlanta.