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I'm planning on selling my PS3, to upgrade my desktop. Was wondering what's a good upgrade? Was planning to upgrade GPU+PSU. What do you guys think? If GPU+PSU recommend me a good one for gaming!

Prefer ATI/AMD but not mandatory!

Limit: $300-320
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hows about these combo deals
This one
and this one
for both of these the psu is like super overkill
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004

Plus a 6850 or spend an extra $45 for a 6870. Might wanna get a bigger or extra screen(s) to fully utilize these GPUs.
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post #4 of 10
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If I upgrade to the 6000's series, would there be a bottleneck with the i5-650?
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Get one of these flash it to a 6970 and you should be set...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161355
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Originally Posted by SinX7;12201079 
If I upgrade to the 6000's series, would there be a bottleneck with the i5-650?

i dont think it will bottle neck it too much i mena with all the hardware parts there is bound to be a little but the over all performance should still be 100X better that previously
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Can't get that. Since I need a PSU also.
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Originally Posted by soth7676;12202880 
Get one of these flash it to a 6970 and you should be set...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161355

And how does he pay for the PSU upgrade he clearly stated (and obviously) he needs, within his budget of $320? Read the thread before opening your proverbial interwebs mouth...

OP - get a Gigabyte 6850, the standard model (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125348) as opposed to the factory overclocked model (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125353).

The standard model has better VRM and allows voltage changes, which translates to the ability to overclock to almost the same level as an overclocked 6870, and the price is magic. Runs cool and quiet too ... (http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3646/gigabyte_radeon_hd_6850_1gb_video_card_overclocked/index.html)

This PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

And then this CPU cooler (actually any half decent 120mm cooler, this is just good value):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233082

all comes in under budget, and allows you a lot of headroom to overclock your CPU, which will grant you better frames and less bottleneck of the 6850. The i5-650 is a strong CPU when the mhz are pumped up, and you should see a marked increase in performance which will translate to "opening up" your new graphics cards potential further too ...

You will be fine to run crossfire 6850's on the psu (and an overclocked i5-650 will be fine too), which will be a huge performance jump, and finally there is a rebate on the PSU which saves you more money at the end.
Edited by willibj - 1/30/11 at 5:05pm
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I was wondering if the OCZ 600W PSU would work.
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Originally Posted by SinX7;12203239 
I was wondering if the OCZ 600W PSU would work.

Yes it would work, for now. It may even handle a crossfire setup or GPU upgrade in future (probably not) ...

But a decent PSU will last you through a couple of upgrade cycles, and is the backbone of your PC. Don't skimp, especially only for a few bucks here n there.
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