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This antec would be a good 400w power supply. The PSU is one thing you don't want to cheap out on. Think about it...it supplies power to everything in your system...and bad power can kill a system.
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I would still consider purchasing used with your tight budget and seeing as the system is almost end of life anyways. No use in putting brand new stuff in a machine that old.
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Ok so I'm considering an HD 5770, figuring that I could use it in the next system I build, so it wouldn't be overkill/wasted money on this system. Was thinking of the 5670 first, but the 5770 seems worth the extra cash.
Or the 8800 GTS.

And with a 430w PSU I should be alright, according to the calculators I've checked.

Still looking at brands and where the best bargain is for now
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post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by Neophilus View Post
Ok so I'm considering an HD 5770, figuring that I could use it in the next system I build, so it wouldn't be overkill/wasted money on this system. Was thinking of the 5670 first, but the 5770 seems worth the extra cash.
Or the 8800 GTS.

And with a 430w PSU I should be alright, according to the calculators I've checked.

Still looking at brands and where the best bargain is for now
I'm confused, I thought your budget was no more that 90$? What is your budget and are you buying new or used? Also, how long do you plan to keep this system?
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I built my sister a computer recently on a bit of a budget and I got her a radeon 5770 1 gig and an OCZ ModXStream 650W PSU. She only games at 1280x1024 with a 17" monitor so that card works well with most games she plays at that res.
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post #15 of 24
Depending on your budget, you can combo a GTS 450 and an Antec 520 for ~$144 after rebate.

If you're willing to take a less reputable brand you can get a 450/Rosewill 500 for about 10 dollars less...

The 450 should match a 5770's performance at that res.
post #16 of 24
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I'm confused, I thought your budget was no more that 90$? What is your budget and are you buying new or used? Also, how long do you plan to keep this system?
Well I compared the fill rates and bandwidth of some cards on gpureview.com and decided spending a little extra would be worth it if I could apply it to my next system. So I'll set my video card budget at ~$120,
It'll be a while before I can build a whole new rig; this will last me until I can save up enough.

I'm not finding any PSU's for sale on here. But I can get a new Corsair 430w for $20 after rebate from tigerdirect. Never purchased from them before but may go for that if I don't find any used.
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post #17 of 24
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Well I compared the fill rates and bandwidth of some cards on gpureview.com and decided spending a little extra would be worth it if I could apply it to my next system. So I'll set my video card budget at ~$120,
It'll be a while before I can build a whole new rig; this will last me until I can save up enough.
Oooh, in that case, a GTX 460 786Mb would be a very solid choice. The MSI Twin Frozor II model is 124.99 after rebate. Plus it comes with free games.
post #18 of 24
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Oooh, in that case, a GTX 460 786Mb would be a very solid choice. The MSI Twin Frozor II model is 124.99 after rebate. Plus it comes with free games.
This. I was about to agree with the 5770, but a 768MB 460 which is not far off what a 450 costs, would decimate and last.

A Corsair CX 430 will serve you well with that build.
 
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post #19 of 24
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This. I was about to agree with the 5770, but a 768MB 460 which is not far off what a 450 costs, would decimate and last.

A Corsair CX 430 will serve you well with that build.
This suggestion has my vote +1

Good find on the PSU
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post #20 of 24
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I think I'll be going with the GTX 460 but according to the calculators I should have 470 watts with that to be safe. The 430cx is a good deal, but not quite enough. So I'll be looking for a used one on here or go for a 500cx or something comparable.
Maybe a little more than I wanted to spend but it can go toward my next rig so it's worth it. And really I've probably been running on less wattage than I should have been anyway.
lol Newegg's PSU calculator says I'd be at 293w using integrated graphics. with the 460 card it's 475w. and with the current 8400 GS it says I'm at 330w... ouch!
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