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Upgrade GPU with Alpine 500w

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August 9, 2013 3:37:38 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Anytime BUDGET RANGE: £60-70

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, games like Planetside 2, GTA IV etc.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Radeon 5450, Alpine 500w (+3.3V 20A; +5V 30A; +12V 30A; -12V 0.5A; +5VSB 2.0A, 24 pin; 4 Pin (12V); 2 x Sata; 3 x 4 pin; 1 x FDD)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: AMD Athlon II X2 270, 8GB RAM

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: UK sites, so no Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: Any

OVERCLOCKING: No
CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1980x1080, willing to go lower for games

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Problem is the PSU brand, not very reliable but considering there should be plenty "apparent" overhead for low power GPUs, I think an upgrade would be possible

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August 9, 2013 3:57:41 AM

No. Just no.

Go get something decent. Those things are fire hazards. I'd suggest one of these: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1450s...

Save up a bit more before getting a new GPU - you'll get something decent. And you won't have to buy a new MB when that thing spikes it.
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August 9, 2013 4:23:59 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
No. Just no.

Go get something decent. Those things are fire hazards. I'd suggest one of these: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1450s...

Save up a bit more before getting a new GPU - you'll get something decent. And you won't have to buy a new MB when that thing spikes it.


Thanks for the reply, if I do get that PSU, what GPU would you recommend to run Planetside 2 Maxed-out 1980x1080?
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August 9, 2013 4:44:06 AM

I can't find any definitive benchmarks on that, but I'd suggest something in the 7770 range. Very unlikely to max it out, but it will be held back by the rest of your system. Also pushing the budget.

You'll want a new CPU too at some point. Depending on the board you might be able to get a Piledriver chip and keep the MB.
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August 9, 2013 4:54:52 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
I can't find any definitive benchmarks on that, but I'd suggest something in the 7770 range. Very unlikely to max it out, but it will be held back by the rest of your system. Also pushing the budget.

You'll want a new CPU too at some point. Depending on the board you might be able to get a Piledriver chip and keep the MB.


Ok, I dont think I want to go as far as to upgrade the CPU at the moment so whatever I get with the new PSU and 7770 etc. will be fine, thanks for the help :D 
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