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post #1 of 17
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Hello i am new new to this forum, but after looking at here for a while now i really like the community and help you guys give. now to the question:

I have an old system build that i did for my self 2 yeas ago, and it is starting to show its age, lol. Right now I have a asus m3n72 d mobo with ddr2 and an Athlon x2 7750 BE I have Oced to 3.2. Alsof a gts 250 512mb. My board does have sli but my psu is only 300W!!! If i wanted to upgrade i would have to get a new psu (which could be used for a future build). My os is XP 32 bit so I can only run dx9, so should i upgrade my pc or go whole new system?
post #2 of 17
First upgrade your PSU before your Rig explodes second get a new CPU.
post #3 of 17
Save your HDD and GPU, then build a new one, go out and buy as new cheap GPU and HDD to put in the old one, and use the old HDD for storage and the old GPU for PhysX/Folding in the new rig.

Welcome to OCN.

In other words, build new, friend.
    
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post #4 of 17
Wait for BullDozer and then upgrade, But yea get a new PSU NOW!
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Very easy choice. Build new.
    
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post #6 of 17
If you have a somewhat high budget (over 1000) I would go ahead and build a new rig, upgrading can leave holes which just bottle neck your computer continuously.
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post #7 of 17
PSU is weak.

CPU choices:
http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/mb-ASUS/M3N72-D.html

Phenom II 965 or Phenom 1090T would boost performance.

GTX 460, GTX 470, GTX 560 would increase graphics performance.
Edited by Majestic_Lizard - 6/8/11 at 8:57pm
    
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post #8 of 17
I wonder how his PSU hasnt exploded yet even though he's running a 250 gts on a 300w piece of junk.
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Originally Posted by topog_z View Post
I wonder how his PSU hasnt exploded yet even though he's running a 250 gts on a 300w piece of junk.
Some of the newer 55nm GTS 250s Green Edition cards have underclocked memory and GPUs allowing them to run on 250 to 300 watt power supplies, even though the companies do not advertise this. This was the case for Palit's Green Edition GTS 250's.

GTX 460 would cause that PSU to burn up.
    
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post #10 of 17
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I cant believe it ether... I had no idea it was so under powered until a month ago when I started to really get into this stuff. Another question is upgrading the os worth it for dx11?

Mr Krogoth, sadly since I am going to college soon and other complicated stuff I can only have one desktop. But if I did biuld new I would keep hhd and optical drive obviously.

btw it is a BFG tech gts 250 if that matters at all
Edited by hammertime850 - 6/8/11 at 9:08pm
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