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December 23, 2008 12:56:33 AM

I am upgrading my desktop computer used for general purposes and occasional gaming. I am trying to do the upgrade for about $300 and get the most for the investment.

My components are

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L $81.25 R
CPU Intel C2D E7300 $104.99
Video Gigabyte GV-RV467D3-512I $54.99 R
Memory Patriot Viper 4GB Low Latency $27.99 R
Fan Artic Cooling Freezer 7 $ 26.99

Prices are after rebate (R)

My existing PSU is an Ultra 350W will this be ok or should I add a new PSU to my upgrade.

I dont really plan to overclock the system. I do want to buy solid reliable components. Any comments. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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December 23, 2008 1:38:34 AM

The 4670 is a great choice, but I was unable to find hard data on power supply recommendations. However I saw a review of the 4670 that was run with a raptor and quad core and maxed out at 270 watts. The general consensus I saw on forums is that 350 watts should be good. Doesn't need a pci-e power from the power supply, runs on mobo power.

Looks like a nice upgrade on the cheap.
December 23, 2008 3:38:25 AM

Thanks for the input. I found a very well done article on Anand Tech or something like that. Analyzed a basic mid level and high end computer re power supply needs. For the mid level it is
Motherboard 45w
CPU 45W
Graphic Card varies but I would guess 120W
Drives 10 - 20W ea
Memory 5w per stick
I think this is about it. would be in the range of 250W max idle at about half that.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 23, 2008 4:08:07 AM

Ultra PSU's aren't the best in quality, so I'd recommend getting a PSU upgrade to keep things safe. I'd recommend the e5200 (2.5gHz) CPU for $83 and use the ~$40 savings and invest that in a new/more reliable PSU. I'd stick with your 4670 GPU selection, because it doesn't cosume much power and doesn't need a 6 pin PCI-e power connector!!
$41 shipped!! Has 29A on the 12v rails and 1 x 6pin PCI-e power connector, if you decide to get a mainstream GPU later.
Here's a PSU that I'd recommend for ~$40:
SILVERSTONE ST400 400W ATX 12V 2.2 Power Supply - Retail
Review of the Silverstone st400w PSU
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