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Personally on that build, I'd suggest a Corsair 520w PSU to be on the safe side. And I'd also recommend you step into the ATI HD4850 since your friend is HEAVY gaming. CPU doesn't matter as much as GPU...and the 4850 series seem to be quite the step up from Nvidia's offerings at the moment.

Even if you're happy with the 8800GT in your list...I'd STILL recommend the Corsair 520w PSU. Better to have too big of a PSU than not enough .
I agree, according to early reviews the HD4850 performs better than the 8800GT by a healthy margin and is selling for $170 after MIR. I'd take the HD4850 over the 8800GT.

I also agree that yes your PSU will work but it's cutting it too close and limiting your future upgrade potential. I'd invest in the Corsair VX550W. 5 year warranty, 550W, 41A on a single 12v rail, one 6-pin PCIe connector and a 6+2-pin PCIe connector means enough power, current, and plugs to satisfy any card coming out in the next 2-3 years. It's cheaper than the Corsair HX520W and only slightly more than the PC Power & Cooling. Or at least upgrade to the Corsair VX450W. 5 year warranty, 450W, single 12v rail, 33A, one 6-pin PCIe connector, and a few dollars cheaper than the PC Power & Cooling.
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post #22 of 24
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I don't think I'll step up any more components at this point, I feel the build matches his use on the computer. However, the PSU seems like a point of concern with some and a confident "it's enough" from others. I'll probably end up opting for a 500W PCPnC or Corsair 550VX, just to be very cautious.
You say he's a heavy gamer, but an 8800GT reflects how much he plays? That's a sissy card right now for a heavy gamer, especially if you're buying a new rig. Move up, my good man, and experience the ATI 4800 series.
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I also agree that yes your PSU will work but it's cutting it too close and limiting your future upgrade potential. I'd invest in the Corsair VX550W. 5 year warranty, 550W, 41A on a single 12v rail, one 6-pin PCIe connector and a 6+2-pin PCIe connector means enough power, current, and plugs to satisfy any card coming out in the next 2-3 years. It's cheaper than the Corsair HX520W and only slightly more than the PC Power & Cooling. Or at least upgrade to the Corsair VX450W. 5 year warranty, 450W, single 12v rail, 33A, one 6-pin PCIe connector, and a few dollars cheaper than the PC Power & Cooling.
You wanna know WHY it's cheaper? Maybe because the 520W has more rails and more amperage, and is better suited to gaming and video cards. It's all around a better PSU, but I still wouldn't call it a vast improvement for future proofing for a new build. If this kid's a heavy gamer, and he's going to buy more video cards in the future, get him the 520 or the 620 from Corsair.
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Well, I don't think he has the money to invest in dual video card capability in the future. What he wants is at least 100fps in Team Fortress 2.

He gave the go-ahead on the ATI card. What's the best manufacturer/distributor (ASUS, MSI, etc)?

Should I grab the 550VX or stay with the PCPnC disregarding possible upgrades?
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The best ATI manufacturer is Visiontek, they have a lifetime warranty (much higher than the others). That 420 is a little sketchy even for a single, new card. If you're on a budget crunch at this point, keep it, if he still has some dough left shell out for the 520W because I can guarantee you that it will work.
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