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post #1 of 4
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Hi everyone!

I really need advice here on to what PSU should I buy and whether should I get a new cooler for CPU. This is my spec.

Motherboard: P5GC-MX/1333
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7200 @ 2.53GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 3448MB RAM (4GB)Apacer UNB pc2-5300 CL5 2x2GB
HD: Samsung HD250HJ
DVD/CD RAM-writer: Sony optiarc dvd rw ad-7200s

As for GPU, my 8500GT finally crashed, I'm still thinking to buy either of these:
HD: 5770/6770, 5850/6850, 5670, 5570
GF: GTX550Ti, GTX460 1GB, GTS450, GT440


As for my CPU, also thinking to OC it to about 3.2GHz, raising the FSB from 266MHz (1066FSB) to 333MHz (1333FSB) and locking the vCore to 1.35V. Do you think the CPU fan that comes along w/ it is enough or do I have to buy a CPU cooler.

These are the CPU cooler available in our area
CoolerMaster V10, V8, Jet4, Hyper Tx3, Vortex Plus
Thermaltake Frio OCK
Antec25 H2O
Gigabyte G-Power Pro


Power Supplies:
Hec Cougar CM 500W, Rapter II, Raptor Green 500W
Civo Switching 500W
Thermaltake litepower 350w / 600W, TR2 W0379RU 500W / TR2 W0093RU 500W
Acbel CE2 500W
IMaster Pro 600W
Cougar RS 550W
Intex 600W ACCOPIA DUAL FAN POWER SUPPLY
Across ATX 500W
FSP Supersonic 500W
Heatpipe Cooled 500W

Power Supplies Not Available in Our Area That I'm considering To Have
Antec VP-450 450W
FSP HEXA 500w
Corsair CX430 V2
XFX Core Edition Pro 450W
Antec NeoEco 520W

NOTES:
0. I'm not techy person. I've tried to read all the guides about PSU here, but I'm having a hard time swallowing the information. I'm getting information overload! Please as much as possible make it as layman as possible.

1. we're not to discuss what GPU is best for my current PC spec since it's already discussed in one of the threads. I'm asking what would be the PSU to buy that could handle all of these GPU.

2. Also if you think I need a new cpu cooler, please select one before choosing a PSU.

3. It doesn't matter to me if I need to buy a molex adapter, but since you're the masters/experts, I need advice if it's advisable.

4. After you've picked your choice from the "available PSU", please compare it to the "unavailable PSU"

5. Prices doesn't matter on those items listed since all of them are w/in my budget



Thank you for all the feedback!
Edited by bruno0920 - 7/30/11 at 7:45am
Current PC Spec
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7200 @ 2.53GHz P5GC-MX/1333 Onboard Built-in 3448 (4GB) Apacer UNB pc2-5300 CL5 2x2GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung HD250HJ Sony optiarc dvd rw ad-7200s Microsoft XP SP3 ViewSonic 21" 1440 x 900 native resolution 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech HID Zeno Power 600W TrendSonic Genius PS/2 Mouse 
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Current PC Spec
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7200 @ 2.53GHz P5GC-MX/1333 Onboard Built-in 3448 (4GB) Apacer UNB pc2-5300 CL5 2x2GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung HD250HJ Sony optiarc dvd rw ad-7200s Microsoft XP SP3 ViewSonic 21" 1440 x 900 native resolution 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech HID Zeno Power 600W TrendSonic Genius PS/2 Mouse 
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post #2 of 4
I always say the same speech.

Overclocking is:
60% Knowledge
15% Practice
15% Effort
10% Luck


You should start reading a lot, and by this I mean, try to google or look at the forum for the basics of overclocking, the general stuff, then move to some reads of logs/tutorials of overclocks on the same setup you have or similar ones (for example, same mobo with another CPU, or another mobo with the same chip [p45] as yours overclocking a E7200)

Then you could make use of one of the most popular techniques: raise your voltages to the safe limit and apply the CPU core you which to achieve. After that start reducing every voltage you raised until you find the minimum necessary for stability.

Don't forget to fill up your system specs on your User CP, so we can easily assist you.

For the PSU I believe it's a good idea to set your budget and look for the best you can get for the money. I really enjoy the reviews on "jhonny guru" site. There is also plenty of threads here from guys like phaedrus#### (I probably misspelled it)

As for the CPU cooler, I would do the same: set a budget and get the best available for the money, looking at reliable benchmark charts - For now I can say some things about the ones available to you: the V10 is hideous and just not a good choice. he V8 is the most popular of your choices. There are better coolers, though. The best bang for the bucks you could think of are the 212+ or the scythe mugen 2. The best performers would be the venomous-X/megahalems and the overkillers the D-14 and the silver arrow.

Hope I helped.
post #3 of 4
For a relatively low overclock on a dual core like that, the Hyper TX3 is probably the cheapest and sufficient, if a little bit loud.

The power supply selection seems very limited. Most of those units are not good, but little is known about them. There don't seem to be any reviews on these units. If the Zalman ZM500-HP is the same design and similar to the ZM600-HP, then it should be reasonably good (if probably considerably overpriced):

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php...=Story&reid=30
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/402

The Cougar (HEC) Rapter II 500W might be okay.
post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 
@EduFurtado
Ok, I'll update my Spec in my CP.

Yeah as much as I would like to have a good PSU & cooler, my MAX budget is at $150 and can be stretch to but not more than $200, plus those items listed are the only thing available here in our area. As much as I would like to order online, there are only limited only internet shops that deliver to the Philippines and like I told you I'm not techy so I prefer to buy it a shop and have them assemble the parts and even OC my CPU.

I'm just considering the advice from the people here saying that I need a better PSU and need to OC my CPU so that it would "fit" whatever GPU I would buy.

@mikeaj: Thanks for the suggestions.
Current PC Spec
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7200 @ 2.53GHz P5GC-MX/1333 Onboard Built-in 3448 (4GB) Apacer UNB pc2-5300 CL5 2x2GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung HD250HJ Sony optiarc dvd rw ad-7200s Microsoft XP SP3 ViewSonic 21" 1440 x 900 native resolution 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech HID Zeno Power 600W TrendSonic Genius PS/2 Mouse 
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Current PC Spec
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7200 @ 2.53GHz P5GC-MX/1333 Onboard Built-in 3448 (4GB) Apacer UNB pc2-5300 CL5 2x2GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung HD250HJ Sony optiarc dvd rw ad-7200s Microsoft XP SP3 ViewSonic 21" 1440 x 900 native resolution 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech HID Zeno Power 600W TrendSonic Genius PS/2 Mouse 
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