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Got $300 to spend on PSU and motherboard

post #1 of 16
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1st post..Whoo

I'm relatively new to the whole concept of computer building. So I would like to ask those of you who are confident in your skills for some suggestions.

1) I definitely need I new PSU but I'm not sure what to get?

When it comes to PSU browsing what are some of the features I should be looking at?

2) I also need a new motherboard. The one I currently have is....inconvenient. Can you please suggest a motherboard for me?

Again, what kind of things should I be looking for to distinguish one board from the other.

Just a reminder, my budget is $300 for both of them. Unless, you have a specific motherboard in mind where If I go with it I will not be able to purchase a decent PSU or vice versa. I am open to those kinds of suggestions.

Lastly, if anyone has links to where I could learn more about building computers, I would appreciate it.

Thanks,

System Specs:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
Motherboard: M68MT-S2
PSU: XION 700 watts
Memory: 8 GB
Graphics: GTX 560
Edited by Fnatic440 - 8/22/12 at 5:45pm
post #2 of 16
If you could list your system specs that would be helpful.
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Thread Starter 
Oh how silly of me.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
Motherboard: M68MT-S2
PSU: XION 700 watts
Memory: 8 GB
Graphics: GTX 560

Anything else, please let me know.
post #4 of 16
You are going to have to elaborate a little. What other hardware are you running? Like cpu, graphic card, etc. Also what do you want to use your computer for mainly? Is it more of a gaming build or more general use or? A $300 budget for both your psu and motherboard gives you a pretty decent amount of room to work with. Just need some more specific information to be able to recommend something that has everything you need
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
I updated the specs.

It's pretty much a little bit of everything.

Gaming, school work, browsing...but I do want it to be more heavily leaned on for gaming.
post #6 of 16
By looking at your specs I would say you need at least a 500w psu. I would probably go with a 600w psu. Corsair/cooler master make good power supplies and 600w ones from each company run under $100. If you plan on sli upgrade then I would get at least a 750w psu. As for a motherboard I recommend asus/msi/gigabyte. Here are some more specific examples for psu/motherboard.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028
I actually used this exact one for a build that was used as a family computer and had no problems with it, and it is very reasonably priced.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130637
I am currently using this motherboard for my folding build and it works great. It has a lot of features for such a low price tag. It also has 2 pci e x16 in case you did want to that sli upgrade.

I think both of these items are right down your alley and would only be about $160.
post #7 of 16
Mobo: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005POPQZA/?tag=pcpapi-20
Not 100% positive on this board, I am pretty sure you will be able to over clock well on it. But MSI's AMD boards have been known to start fires on the AM3 line, So I would stay away from them.

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182199
The only Corsair CX PSU I would get would be the CX430, And I have, they are cheap reliable PSUs, but for anything above the CX430, you should just grab a different PSU. The other Corsair CX PSUs are over priced and are ~100W less on the 12v rail

CPU Cooler: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002G1YPH0/?tag=pcpapi-20
I didnt see if you had a CPU cooler or not, so you should add one if you do not
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131736 -- Great board with lots of bells and whistles

Don't skimp on your PSU, Corsair, Rosewill, Antec, Seasonic all are reputable. You have a choice between modular and non modular. Modulars are more expensive but the way the case cleans up with that is extremely nice. a 750w will power any SLI/CF config barring 480's possibly. http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies -- Recommended power supplies via OCN to give you some more ideas.
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post #9 of 16
I like to look at the reviews referenced here.

I also try to stay away from the defacto standard units like many from corsair and silverstone.

Although they are for the large part the best and seemingly immune to failure, They are pricey and driving up the cost of PSU's vendor wide.

Take a browse, see what you can afford and how it performs via some of the reviews you can access from there. report back on your findings.

http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page541.htm
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The one you currently have doesn't even support your processor.  So, yeah, look for a new one.  And the 970A-G46 is also one to avoid for inadequate VRM reasons and pricing.

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