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Around Christmas I'm going to upgrade my parents rig to a slightly more modern one...

Currently it is an Athlon II x3, ATI 4250 onboard, wd 500 caviar blue, and an Antec Basiq 350 watt PSU.

I'm wondering if that PSU would power a 6670, even though it recommends a 400 watt power supply....
If that is the case, I'll move them up to Windows 7, switch out the HD for an SSD and add the 6670.
post #2 of 7
i dont like the look of that power supply. it is a dual rail and both rails have pretty low amps. i would get them a new power supply like this if you are going to upgrade
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My question to you is, why do they need all of that? What are they doing to need a dedicated GPU, SSD, and bigger PSU?
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That PSU will be more than fine. Antec Basiq isn't anything to write home about, but it delivers it's listed wattage. And an Athlon II x3 + 6670 won't draw 350w. That system might get up to 300-325w of power draw if you heavily overclock everything.

Long story short, ignore wattage recommendations by GPU vendors. They have to take into account people with power-hungry CPUs & false advertisements from shady PSU vendors that lie about the wattage their units can deliver. Neither of these things are a problem for you.
    
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My question to you is, why do they need all of that? What are they doing to need a dedicated GPU, SSD, and bigger PSU?


It is for Christmas, my younger brother does some gaming, and since they want "nothing" for Christmas, I'd figure I would help them out (at least moms interest) by upgrading the PC. She enjoys it and would enjoy the speed increase.
post #6 of 7

For the improved power efficiency, you could try moving up to Socket FM2/APU.

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The Basiq will be fine as long as the loads are balanced on the rails correctly. really depends on how they set it up.
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