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Need help on choosing a GPU + PSU!

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November 28, 2009 7:49:28 PM

I am going to buy a system for my parents, mainly for browsing/VOIP, MagicJack and DVD ( HDTV VERY rarely ).
Sometimes running Windows XP in VMWare under Windows Vista/7 ( for peripherals that do not have drivers for Vista/7 yet )

I have decided on the following components:

CPU:

"E6300 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 2MB L2 Cache
BX80571E6300"
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=41493

$73 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:

$115 GA-EP45-UD3P

RAM:

$70 "CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
(PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5"

I am confused about which of the following PSU's to get:

1. $65 ( $45 after MIR @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W
2. $90 ( $80 after MIR @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W

I am, however, clueless about which Graphics Card to get for the system!

I have heard and read that ATI cards usually have issues with crappy drivers and very little support for updated drivers.
NVIDA on the other hand have awesome drivers and they often update them too

1. $38 ( $28 after MIR @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) HD 4350 512MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2. $60 ( $45 after MIR @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) GeForce 9400 GT 1GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

.. or ANYTHING else - NO PREFERENCES ON MY PART except in case of known driver issues

Need help on choosing a GPU + PSU!

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November 28, 2009 8:28:26 PM

Get the 450W PSU + 9400GT, is a basic computer, they don't go to overclock or sometime like this, so, you don't need too much power.
November 28, 2009 8:46:40 PM

Agree about the 450 watt PSU. You don't need much power.
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November 29, 2009 4:52:17 AM

Would a Nvidia GT2xx be nice?

Or is the linked GeForce 9400 GT 1GB good enough?

I am wondering if the rest of the system would become a bottleneck for the GPU?
November 30, 2009 12:06:16 AM

Is a basic computer, you don't need spend $94 in a GPU for VOIP, DVD and surf the web. With the 9400GT is enough, or if you want a better card, with $10 more, you can get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But how i said up, is a basic PC, you don't need a $94 GPU.
November 30, 2009 2:02:46 PM

you could spend the same and get a better amd+ati rig
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