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What should i upgrade first, and will the graphics card i want work with my current PSU?

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January 11, 2014 1:35:29 PM

I recently got a new computer for X-mas and really need to upgrade it as some of the parts are very low quality and really need it.

Here are all my specs :-

Processor: AMD FX(tm)-4130 Quad-Core Processor
Ram- 8gb
64-bit Windows 7
Graphics card- ATI Radeon HD 5400 series <-- Must Upgrade
MOBO- GA-78LMT-USB3 <--Must Upgrade
PSU - ad-f480a2-36 <-- Must Upgrade

Which parts should take priority. I would also really like to get the Nvidia GTX 650 or 660 to replace my Graphics card, yet i need to know if the MOBO supports this, im sure it does as it supports PCI-E x16 and 2.0 but im unsure wether the PSU will support this Graphics card. If i need to upgrade the PSU will i need to upgrade the MOBO to support it, etc.

I have a fairly good understanding of the parts, but i really need to know what to do, if you have any recommendations for a PSU which is good but fairly cheapish, about $40 or £30 (i live in the UK)

PS. From what i understand the PSU is actually terrible.

Please help!
Thanks :) 

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January 11, 2014 1:45:44 PM

Is this compatible with my current PSU and MOBO?

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January 11, 2014 1:53:19 PM

iKnowNothingAtAll said:
Is this compatible with my current PSU and MOBO?



the mobo has one pci-e x16 gen 2 slot , pci-e 3 video cards can be put in it - pci-e backward compatibility
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January 11, 2014 1:57:42 PM

Is there any cheaper Graphics cards you could recommend which are as good as the GTX 650, Preferably about £100 if possible. Also The PSU needs to have the PCI pins to power the GPU right? if so does mine have enough?
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January 11, 2014 2:05:39 PM

iKnowNothingAtAll said:
Is there any cheaper Graphics cards you could recommend which are as good as the GTX 650, Preferably about £100 if possible. Also The PSU needs to have the PCI pins to power the GPU right? if so does mine have enough?


HD 7790 is far faster than GTX 650 , even a little faster than GTX 650 ti
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr...
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January 11, 2014 2:16:51 PM

That does look very good, could you recommend a PSU thats cheap and effective?, I would like to upgrade to be safe. Thanks for your help so far.
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January 11, 2014 2:22:37 PM

iKnowNothingAtAll said:
That does look very good, could you recommend a PSU thats cheap and effective?, I would like to upgrade to be safe. Thanks for your help so far.


You have already got it . No problem .
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January 11, 2014 2:27:48 PM

will i need a molex to PCIe adapter since my PSU looks like it has only one PCIe cable?
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January 11, 2014 2:32:55 PM

iKnowNothingAtAll said:
will i need a molex to PCIe adapter since my PSU looks like it has only one PCIe cable?


As far as i know , hd 7790 needs only one 6 pin power connector and only 85W.
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