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pythonian4000

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#20108 13-Mar-2008 15:09
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Hi,

About the middle of last year I built a gaming PC on a shoestring budget (NZ$550 + free graphics card). This is what I ended up with:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4 (Rev. 2.0?)
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3500+ AM2
RAM: 2 x Apacer 1GB DDR2 800MHz RAM
HDD: Seagate 160GB 7200RPM SATA
Graphics: ATI Radeon X550 256MB
PSU: 300W w/ one SATA plug, no PCI-E plugs.
Optical: CD-RW (already had) - Recently upgraded to a ASUS Lightscribe Super Multi SATA DVD burner

I am soon to get a spare NZ$500, and possibly another NZ$600 on top of that from selling another 2 computers, and so am looking to upgrade graphics. I was considering a pair of 8800GTs, but am now eyeing the (soon to be released) 9800GX2, with the possibility of a second in the distant future.

The rest of the system is likely to stay the same for a while; the CPU may be upgraded to a high-end dual core, or possibly Phenom Quad, but that is quite low down on the list.

My question to the resident populus is: what power supply should I be looking at getting? I am assuming that it will be at least 500W, but should I future-proof and go for 800-1000W? Modular would be preferable, and a blue LED fan would be nice (but that's just me being fussy!)

You are now free to start hurling the chairs around!

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  #116367 13-Mar-2008 15:20
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I would replace the CPU first, and then start looking the graphics.

I had a 7600GT and 3800+, I have since replaced the CPU with a  6000+ and noticed a huge improvement. I will replace the graphics card in the next month or so.

 
 
 

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  #116369 13-Mar-2008 15:31
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Would it be worth getting a Phenom Quad Core, or would a high-end Athlon 64 X2 be fine?


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  #116374 13-Mar-2008 15:47
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I would save your pennies and go for a high end dual core. No need for the phenom. If you want to go quad, then Intel would be a better option in my opinion.

BTW I am using a 450w power supply, and the only real difference is that I have three HDD's.



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  #116375 13-Mar-2008 15:48
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Thanks for that!

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  #116595 14-Mar-2008 11:24
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heres a power supply calculator ive used a few times. I find it to be pretty good, maybe a little overkill but you want that in your psu anyway :)

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