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Finalizing AMD AM3+ upgrade configuration - video card and power supply advice

There is a sale this weekend on NewEgg and I've picked some parts. I need a video card in in the $90-$120 range that is compatible and I have a few questions as I've been out of the building game for a couple of years. (Questions are marked Q1, Q2, etc.)

Following the template from the sticky:

Approximate Purchase Date: Today

Budget Range: Around $500 ($400 so far in parts I've picked)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primary function is basic office computing, streaming TV from the Internet and some gaming (nothing crazy intense). Will be installed in a custom HTPC case in my entertainment center and hooked up via HDMI to a 46" HDTV (1080p)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU/Heatsink, mobo, RAM, video card, HD

Parts currently selected (on sale at newegg):

AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8320FRHKBOX

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - OEM

Q1: unit currently has 600w power supply: TOPOWER TOP-600W SG 600W
Will this have all the connectors I need for this setup?

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: Atlantic City, NJ USA

Parts Preferences: AMD processor (for price consideration)

Overclocking: I don't have experience with over clocking

SLI or Crossfire: previous build used crossfire so I might use a dual config in the future, but going with a single card for now

Your Monitor Resolution: 46" 1080p HDTV via HDMI

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: This was originally a custom VooDoo ARIA HTPC system. After swapping out all removable components (all but mobo & cpu), still would not come back to life so decided to start over. Custom case with built-in mini touch screen monitor (which I rarely use).



Q2: Could you recommend a video card (see opening statement).

Q3: I see this mobo uses PCIe 2.0. Is this still sufficient for today's video cards or has PCIe 3.0 become the standard? (I saw very little in the way of AM3+ boards with PCIe 3.0 online)

Q4: I picked these parts because they were on sale today, but I'm by no means tied to them. If it seems like overkill (as I am not an avid gamer) I'll take suggestions for something still high performance but cheaper!

Thank you for the help!

-Dom
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  2. drkatz42 said:


    This is in my price range. Although I like the idea of passive cooling for noise concerns, I'm somewhat concerned about heat for this machine. The unit is inside my entertainment center (behind closed glass doors). I custom built a couple of fans into the back of the cabinet but it still tends to get pretty hot in there. In your experience, does this card stay cool enough? The system is pretty much up most of the day. Also, does the power supply I indicated have the appropriate connectors?

    Thanks.
  3. domtrump said:
    drkatz42 said:


    This is in my price range. Although I like the idea of passive cooling for noise concerns, I'm somewhat concerned about heat for this machine. The unit is inside my entertainment center (behind closed glass doors). I custom built a couple of fans into the back of the cabinet but it still tends to get pretty hot in there. In your experience, does this card stay cool enough? The system is pretty much up most of the day. Also, does the power supply I indicated have the appropriate connectors?

    Thanks.



    Gpu's are very resilient when it comes to heat, 90c is not unheard of and still chug right along. This card doesn't require any additional power connection. Less power, generally less heat.
  4. drkatz42 said:
    domtrump said:
    drkatz42 said:


    This is in my price range. Although I like the idea of passive cooling for noise concerns, I'm somewhat concerned about heat for this machine. The unit is inside my entertainment center (behind closed glass doors). I custom built a couple of fans into the back of the cabinet but it still tends to get pretty hot in there. In your experience, does this card stay cool enough? The system is pretty much up most of the day. Also, does the power supply I indicated have the appropriate connectors?

    Thanks.



    Gpu's are very resilient when it comes to heat, 90c is not unheard of and still chug right along. This card doesn't require any additional power connection. Less power, generally less heat.


    Thanks for the advice - we shall build it!
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