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October 29, 2013 6:51:44 AM

I built my first Desktop a few months ago and I held off on buying a graphics card at first because my motherboard had onboard video. I figured I could get by and save up to get a nice graphics card. Well I think it's time for me to upgrade. I'd like to get something that's going to give me a good gaming experience. My max price right now is probably around $300. I'm flexible and not in too much of a rush so if I need to spend more than that I can save up and do it.

This is my build:

CPU- AMD FX-4100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard- MSI 760GM-P23 (FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard
Memory- Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
Storage- Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Power Supply- CoolMax 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V

I'm new to the PC gaming world so I really appreciate any help I can get.

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October 29, 2013 6:55:09 AM

That PSU is bad. Using some of the GPU money to replace it wouldn't be a bad idea.

Anyway, if your max is 300$ then a GTX760 or HD7970 are the two choices. They're both good. I'd go for the GTX760 personally and use the rest to get a better PSU.

XFX, Seasonic, Corsair (except Builder Series) are good. 600W-650W would be the best for your situation.
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October 29, 2013 7:16:10 AM

Kelthar said:
That PSU is bad. Using some of the GPU money to replace it wouldn't be a bad idea.

Anyway, if your max is 300$ then a GTX760 or HD7970 are the two choices. They're both good. I'd go for the GTX760 personally and use the rest to get a better PSU.

XFX, Seasonic, Corsair (except Builder Series) are good. 600W-650W would be the best for your situation.


+1 to that. Get a better PSU and a GTX 760.
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October 29, 2013 10:23:17 AM

Kelthar said:
That PSU is bad. Using some of the GPU money to replace it wouldn't be a bad idea.

Anyway, if your max is 300$ then a GTX760 or HD7970 are the two choices. They're both good. I'd go for the GTX760 personally and use the rest to get a better PSU.

XFX, Seasonic, Corsair (except Builder Series) are good. 600W-650W would be the best for your situation.


I appreciate your help. Just wondering what is wrong with the PSU I have now? Is it just a bad brand?
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October 29, 2013 1:05:18 PM

Yes, it's just from a bad brand.

For all we know, it might be great. It might be better than we think. But unfortunately, it can be the exact opposite. If it's a bad PSU, when there's a bad situation (power surge, anything) it won't handle it as well. Quality PSUs either sustain the blast and continue operating, or pretty much kill themselves so that no other components suffer.

A bad PSU won't sustain the blast, or kill itself. It'll transfer the load, and kill every component, or at least any component connected directly to the PSU (GPU, motherboard, CPU, HDDs). If unlucky, the RAM sticks can go down when the motherboard does, and case fans & coolers might get damaged as well. And building a computer, then having it blow up because you wanted to save some money on the PSU must be an awful feeling.
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November 1, 2013 6:17:16 AM

Hey just wondering if this OCZ PSU is any good. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There's a deal on new egg so it's only like forty bucks. It's a 650w 80 plus Bronze.

Kelthar said:
Yes, it's just from a bad brand.

For all we know, it might be great. It might be better than we think. But unfortunately, it can be the exact opposite. If it's a bad PSU, when there's a bad situation (power surge, anything) it won't handle it as well. Quality PSUs either sustain the blast and continue operating, or pretty much kill themselves so that no other components suffer.

A bad PSU won't sustain the blast, or kill itself. It'll transfer the load, and kill every component, or at least any component connected directly to the PSU (GPU, motherboard, CPU, HDDs). If unlucky, the RAM sticks can go down when the motherboard does, and case fans & coolers might get damaged as well. And building a computer, then having it blow up because you wanted to save some money on the PSU must be an awful feeling.

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November 1, 2013 6:29:11 AM

Yes, OCZ is a reputable brand and their PSUs are good.
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