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how much power do my computer use? im planing to buy a new CPU

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November 3, 2013 11:29:04 PM

Cooler Master Elite 310 Svart/Silver
Fläktar: 1x 120mm Bak, ATX, mATX, 2x USB, 1x Audio
1.00 376060 Silver Power SP-SS500 500W PSU
ATX 12V V2.2, 80 Plus, Standard, 1x 6pin+1x 6+2pin
1.00 638763 Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3, Socket-AM3+
ATX, 970+SB950, DDR3, 2xPCIe(2.0)x16, SATA 6Gb/s,
1.00 488305 AMD Athlon II X2 250
Socket-AM3, Dual Core, 3.0Ghz, 2MB, 65W, Boxed
1.00 649408 Kingston ValueR. DDR3 1333MHz 4GB KIT
CL9, 2 x 2GB, 1,5, 240 pin, Single Rank
1.00 625940 EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD 1280MB PhysX
PCI-Express 2.0, GDDR5, 2xDVI, native-HDMI, Displa
1.00 652544 Seagate Barracuda® 500GB
SATA 6Gb/s (SATA 3.0), 7200RPM, 3,5" KUN FOR KOMPL
1.00 645800 Sony Optiarc DVD±RW Writer, AD-5280S
SATA, DVD±R: 24x, DVD+RW: 8x, DVD-RW: 6x, Bulk, BL
November 3, 2013 11:38:30 PM

Don't mess every details! everything is harder to read.
Just put the name\make\model of components that will be enough.
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November 3, 2013 11:47:45 PM

Sorry im not that good whit computers.

Silver Power SP-SS500

Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3, Socket-AM3+

AMD Athlon II X2 250

Kingston ValueR. DDR3 1333MHz 4GB KIT

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD 1280MB PhysX

Seagate Barracuda 500GB

Sony DVD Writer, AD-5280S
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November 3, 2013 11:50:44 PM

siln said:
Sorry im not that good whit computers.

Silver Power SP-SS500

Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3, Socket-AM3+

AMD Athlon II X2 250

Kingston ValueR. DDR3 1333MHz 4GB KIT

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD 1280MB PhysX

Seagate Barracuda 500GB

Sony DVD Writer, AD-5280S


Well, what do you use your computer for?
What do you play?
Would you like some tutorials on how to log your CPU usage to see if it is worth an upgrade?
If you want to upgrade, what is your budget?
What OS do you use, and is it 32 or 64bit?
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November 3, 2013 11:56:37 PM

Im just looking for it to run a lite better until i can buy a new one.
The games that i play that demands the most is BF4 and Arma3.
I use 64bit on windows 7
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November 4, 2013 12:00:52 AM

siln said:
Im just looking for it to run a lite better until i can buy a new one.
The games that i play that demands the most is BF4 and Arma3.
I use 64bit on windows 7


So BF4, one of the heaviest CPU games :lol: 
So what is your Budget?
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November 4, 2013 12:02:38 AM

Of the ones i play :) 
Not too much since i'm saving for a new one.
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November 4, 2013 12:09:27 AM

siln said:
Of the ones i play :) 
Not too much since i'm saving for a new one.


I need a number lol so I can throw together what you should upgrade to.
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November 4, 2013 12:14:43 AM

500 dollar but i prefer less.
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November 4, 2013 12:27:49 AM

siln said:
500 dollar but i prefer less.


Ok, so for 500, you have a AM3+ platform already. So here's a little assembly for you :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($194.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.75 @ Newegg)
Total: $288.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-04 03:25 EST-0500)

And you can either add another card for ~180 or what I recommend-getting a R9 280x for around $300 when you save enough. And you'd have an excellent rig.

Note, adding another 560 will most likely result in upgrading your PSU from 500 to ~650W
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November 4, 2013 12:31:16 AM

siln said:
Of the ones i play :) 
Not too much since i'm saving for a new one.


If I was in your position and had only $120-$150 to spare I wouldn't worry too much about buying a whole new rig yet. I would get an AMD FX 6300 or for a bit more an AMD FX 8350. That will let you have much better performance while keeping most of your hardware the same. The motherboard you have is still good to use with either of those and 4 GB of RAM is enough if you are only gaming and not doing anything else while gaming. The RAM is another spot I would look to upgrade. For about $50-60 you could get a 2x4GB package of 1600MHz DDR3 and have a bit of a performance boost. Now that the R series from AMD and the 7xx series from Nvidia are out the cost for previous gen are dropping as well. For about $350 you could upgrade to a FX6300, R9 270x, and 2x2GB 1333MHz DDR3. That would give you a fairly significant boost for a fairly small amount of money without going over your wattage.
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November 4, 2013 12:35:49 AM

Are they easy to install?

If i install the R9 280x im fine with 500W?
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November 4, 2013 12:38:33 AM

Hexavier said:
Are they easy to install?


Well yes. For what I choose, you just follow simple instructions included with the components. Just remove your heatsink, lift the lever and remove the od CPU, place the new one seating it properly. Lower the lever, place the heatsink on-directions included. RAM, just press the pins to release-and insert new ones. Video card->Take out your old one, removing the power pins and pressing the pin on the PCi Slot, and inserting the new on-and connecting the power connectors.

Also plenty youtube videos on how to build a pc that can help. :) 
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November 4, 2013 1:04:15 AM

So they will work fine?
How long do you think i can use this setup before i need to buy a completely new one?
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November 4, 2013 1:22:00 AM

siln said:
So they will work fine?
How long do you think i can use this setup before i need to buy a completely new one?


Once you get the GPU-no need for an upgrade for a while.
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November 4, 2013 3:39:59 AM

I am swedish too and the FX-8320 is alot cheaper in sweden, so i would say upgrade to that and you're pretty much ready to game.
Lycka till!
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November 4, 2013 3:30:01 PM

SimonGranstrom said:
I am swedish too and the FX-8320 is alot cheaper in sweden, so i would say upgrade to that and you're pretty much ready to game.
Lycka till!


It costs equivalent to a 8120 here.(40 dollars cheaper) But the 8350 is a better chip all round. I'd recommend the 8350 unless you can not scrap up the extra cash for it.
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November 4, 2013 3:38:59 PM

siln said:
Are they easy to install?

If i install the R9 280x im fine with 500W?


I think you will be pushing your luck with that PSU.
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November 4, 2013 3:50:35 PM

logainofhades said:
siln said:
Are they easy to install?

If i install the R9 280x im fine with 500W?


I think you will be pushing your luck with that PSU.


Its TDP is ~250w. He should be fine. As long as he doesn't overclock that is :) 
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November 4, 2013 3:55:04 PM

If were an 80+ bronze seasonic, XFX, or Corsair, I would have a different opinion. I don't consider anything less than 80+ bronze anymore. Only reason my main rig doesn't have one is the fact that they were not even out yet when I bought it. :lol:  I have the gen 1 TX750 which was pretty much top of the line back in the day.
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November 4, 2013 4:01:30 PM

logainofhades said:
If were an 80+ bronze seasonic, XFX, or Corsair, I would have a different opinion. I don't consider anything less than 80+ bronze anymore. Only reason my main rig doesn't have one is the fact that they were not even out yet when I bought it. :lol:  I have the gen 1 TX750 which was pretty much top of the line back in the day.


I was lucky enough to get my hands on the AX860i :D 
But with a 8350 of a TDP of 125w, and 250w GPU. Then ~50w for HDD and peripherals. ~425w, so a Regular PSU should be well suited for the job, but if not- there's always this:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ocz-power-supply-oczzt650w
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November 5, 2013 12:55:55 AM

Jake Wenta said:
SimonGranstrom said:
I am swedish too and the FX-8320 is alot cheaper in sweden, so i would say upgrade to that and you're pretty much ready to game.
Lycka till!


It costs equivalent to a 8120 here.(40 dollars cheaper) But the 8350 is a better chip all round. I'd recommend the 8350 unless you can not scrap up the extra cash for it.

Afaik, the FX-8350 is a FX-8320 with a higher stock clock speed. So i think he should just buy a 8320 which is a bit cheaper.
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November 5, 2013 1:00:57 AM

SimonGranstrom said:

Afaik, the FX-8350 is a FX-8320 with a higher stock clock speed. So i think he should just buy a 8320 which is a bit cheaper.


Not necessarily. 8350 has a higher multiplier, but also a different design slightly for hewat reasons allowing for the higher multiplier and speed. And with this, you can get it to higher frequencies than an 8320.
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November 5, 2013 3:07:33 AM

Jake Wenta said:
SimonGranstrom said:

Afaik, the FX-8350 is a FX-8320 with a higher stock clock speed. So i think he should just buy a 8320 which is a bit cheaper.


Not necessarily. 8350 has a higher multiplier, but also a different design slightly for hewat reasons allowing for the higher multiplier and speed. And with this, you can get it to higher frequencies than an 8320.

I don't know much about AMD CPU's so you're maybe right.
Now back to the subject, a pc like that rarely maxes out so it will be fine with a 500w 80+.

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November 7, 2013 11:10:00 AM

How do i check CPU temp?
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November 7, 2013 2:17:27 PM

siln said:
How do i check CPU temp?


You can use programs such ass openHardwareMonitor, HWifo, Thermal Radar, CoreTemp.
Or use thermal guns/temperature probes.
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November 7, 2013 3:16:50 PM

Thanks :) 
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