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post #11 of 29
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This thread is growing fast...really fast lol.

Any suggestions on specific PSU's? What should I look for in a good PSU? just constant power or are there other ratings to look at?
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I have a suggestion in my original post smile.gif a 6870 will run most games at high settings @ 1080p, don't let people fool you into thinking that you need a 6950 just for 1080p.
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post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by aznofazns View Post

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016
That will handle any upper midrange graphics card with no issues.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125353
Again, if your monitor res is below 1080p, this GPU will be fast enough.

I just sold a 6850 and actually was using this PSU on it for a while.
It worked great. I wasn't doing a lot of FPS but I was able to run WoW and SWTOR and really high levels with no issues.

I think this would be the route to go.
post #14 of 29
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thanks guys, you've been a great help already! hopefully I can make a decision soon. I'm not one to sit around and wait lol.
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post #15 of 29
You could try for a used GPU. I just bought a HD 5850 for $100. Overclocked performs as fast as my HD 6950.
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post #16 of 29
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If I can find something used I'm always up for saving some money. And OC'ING is definitley an option as long as its stable.
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post #17 of 29
I'll echo everyone else's opinion.

Keep an eye out for like a 400-500w psu on the egg. try to stay with the bigger brands if you can. It'll run you ~$50 if you time ir right.

With the leftover cash, you can ptobably either get a 6850 or a 460. if you're willing to ush the envelope a bit more, a 560ti.

But really though, you could use a lot of upgrades. I suggest you save up to ~$600 and start fresh if you really want to get into this hobby.

just my .02. feel free to critique, support or just call me ouright sexy!
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post #18 of 29
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I didn't think my system was THAT bad lol. I figured I had a decent board, decent memory, decent processor, just needed a decent power supply and Graphics Card to go with it, and HDD of course.

But maybe it is bad enough I need to just start all over? Cue Intel guys flooding the thread: restart with a 2500k lol

Seriously though, what kind of upgrades do you think I need honestly? I'm perfectly fine with constructive criticism. And I've never really played many games on computer, would just like to start playing some, see if I like it better than console maybe, and I enjoy building as a hobby anyways.

I don't want my PC to be a P.O.S. but it doesn't have to be top of the line either if you know what I mean.
Edited by brownbob06 - 2/4/12 at 2:16pm
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post #19 of 29
You really don't need to upgrade your mobo/CPU/RAM. All of those components should last you a while.

You just need a new PSU, graphics card, and HDD. For PSU, I'd strongly recommend the 500W OCZ ModXStream I linked earlier. It's one of the best sub $50 power supplies you can buy since it's 80 PLUS Certified and modular.

For graphics card, the 6850 I linked is a great deal right now because of the promo code. For $120 there is no better card on the market. If you want something a little faster, a 6870 or GTX560.
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post #20 of 29
you need a better GPU, PSU at least and I'd definatly recomend you get a SSD later on. CPU, motherboard and RAM is good.

recomandations:
PSU: Corsair, seasonic, fractical design, XFX(?) or CoolerMaster(500-650W)
GPU: any 6850/6870 with a good warranty and suport(sapphire, XFX, powercolor, HIS)
SSD(consider for later upgrade): crucial M4, corsair force, OCZ agility 3(get one with 120+GB. Also I recomend you use a HDD for storage)
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