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February 24, 2014 3:04:29 AM

So basically I picked up this pc from a garage sale the other day:

Coolermaster centurion 5 II case
Intel i3 3.1Ghz CPU (2 core)
Gigabyte H61M-USB3-B3 motherboard
coolermaster extreme power plus PSU (says 500 - without the 'W' so assuming not 500W)
4GB Kingston 1.5V RAM
1TB seagate barracuda 7200rpm

Bought for $30 incl 2x monitors.

I want to use this computer for gaming (mostly online, dota, guild wars and some other more demanding games). So I have a few questions.

First things first, it obviously needs a graphics card, so after doing some reading I am going with the AMD radeon 270x, unless anyone with a better knowledge believes I shouldn't :) 

However, the PSU is only 430W compared to the 500W which the gpu 'requires'. It runs 18A along two 12V rails (one of which will require a molex 6 pin adapter). I'm not sure whether this is enough for the graphics card I intend to get? Will it run it for now and I can upgrade down the track?

Lastly, I want to upgrade the RAM to 8gb, and was wondering if that motherboard will support G.skill sniper ddr3 1600MHz RAM? I checked out the qvl and page etc. but obviously they don't update the qvl so I'm unsure.

Sorry if I've used any incorrect terms etc. this is my first build, pretty new to this. Any help/tips would be greatly appreciated!

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February 24, 2014 3:38:02 AM

the psu cm extreme plus is very basic, it often fail and damage another component

i strongly suggest you to replace it

intel sandy bridge only support up to DDR3 1333, but 1600 ram will run in it with adjusted clock

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($119.98 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $210.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-24 06:36 EST-0500)
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February 24, 2014 10:29:25 PM

AMD Radeon said:
the psu cm extreme plus is very basic, it often fail and damage another component

i strongly suggest you to replace it

intel sandy bridge only support up to DDR3 1333, but 1600 ram will run in it with adjusted clock

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($119.98 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $210.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-24 06:36 EST-0500)


Yes I do agree with you :) 

Just wondering why the xfx radeon 260x? It's only 1GB and here in australia its $170 when i can get a powercolor 270x for $230. Please do tell me because im interested to know :) 
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February 24, 2014 10:33:54 PM

definitely go for 270X
i thought that you were in a thigh budget
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February 24, 2014 10:59:22 PM

AMD Radeon said:
definitely go for 270X
i thought that you were in a thigh budget


No worries 270x it is!

Also, considering im from australia and pricing is slightly different, could you recommend at psu? I looked at the one you listed which is $84 in aus (http://www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemID=606...) and seems pretty good. Is it worth the extra $16 to get an Antec:

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

or

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

or this corsair:

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Thanks again
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