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post #11 of 15
As far as the PSU goes, I would look at maybe a Seasonic X750 (on sale on Newegg.com right now for $110) or a Corsair AX750. Gives you a little headroom for the future, which you'll need (PSU is probably the most replaced component in my system, perhaps tied with RAM).
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What games do you play? What resolution?
I would also overclock the cpu to 3.6-4.0 ghz
I am not too familiar with video/audio editing so I don't know how demanding it is on the cpu or gpu.

Video/audio editing can be quite resource hungry it depends on the software & what exactly you're planning to do.. gaming wise pretty much every recent title Battlefield 3 (crap performance currently though, so I don't fire it up often) Skyrim (runs OK' ish) Darkness II etc..
I'm hopefully looking to upgrade enough so as be able to run pretty much any game due in the next 12-18 months at high/max detail 1920x1200 (I've got a very good monitor & don't want to change it anytime soon)
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Umm..how much would you be willing to spend on PSU?

£100 is my limit & ideally I would like one that is best suited for overclocking.
post #14 of 15
There are only so many PSUs:

Can run my computer, won't fry my computer.
Can run my computer, might fry my computer.
Not enough wattage, wont' fry my computer.
Not enough wattage, might fry my computer.

All other variations are minor. There's not really one 'suitable for overclocking'.

Currently you have option #2.

I dunno how many watts the i7-920 can draw heavily overclocked, but pretty most 1-gpu systems will be fine with a quality 450w or so unit. Go to the power supplies section, download Phaedrus' power calculator, estimate what components you'll have, and it'll give you a list of the first type of PSU.

Personally, it looks like you're good to go with maybe a new video card for games or a PSU for peace of mind, but it looks like you should have a competent computer that runs everything you want it to run right now. Are you having some sort of bad performance issue? Edit: Ah, read more closely above. Yeah, for BF3 and Skyrim the only upgrade you can do aside from spending some serious cash is a new video card. Depends on how high you want the resolution. If I were you, I'd be looking at the 560Ti, 7850, or 7870 depending on budget and desire to move from high settings to max settings. For less budget, suck it up and lower image quality.

As for PSU, it's fairly cheap to get something like this (w/ promo code EMCYTZT1327 , also, more than enough quality power for any 1-gpu setup ):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371035
or shop from the list from Phaedrus' calculator trying to find something cheap that's still in category #1.
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£100 is my limit & ideally I would like one that is best suited for overclocking.

Best suited for overclocking would be one with a little headroom that combines rock-solid stability. Anything gold or platinum (does that exist?) rated will do you good. I'd recommend the Corsair AX series from personal experience. Seasonic is also very good (the Corsair AX's are just rebranded Seasonics, I believe). Getting a little more wattage than you need won't do you any good now, but in the future, as you upgrade, it'll give you more room. Also, look for a good warranty. I think my Corsair has like a 7 year warranty, so PSU will not be an issue for me for a while.
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