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$300 upgrade w/ Athlon II X4 620 - is Antec True 480 enough power?

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October 12, 2009 7:55:00 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ~1-2weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $300

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Dragon Naturally Speaking 9 (voice recognition) for web browsing, email, World of Warcraft, etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, power supply (Antec True 480W, http://www.antec.com/specs/true480_spe.html )

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES:
AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU + MB = ~200 w/ combo deal

OCZ Platinum 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) ~55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x Western Digital Caviar Blue WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s ~70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler ~34
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total ~359 (~289 without hard drives).

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1024 1rst display, 1280x1024 2nd display

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
Questions:

1) Will my Antec True 480W Power Supply be enough for this? I've been using it for five years in my Athlon XP 3000+ Rig without problems. Since I want to use the onboard video it seems like this should save me a lot of power.

2) Does my Antec True 480W have the correct power connectors for this motherboard?
http://www.antec.com/specs/true480_spe.html

2) I want to overclock the CPU. I'm pretty sure this board will let me lock the Memory freq in place so I can have the ref frequency only affect the CPU speed. Is this true? Should I look at different memory?
October 12, 2009 7:59:35 PM

You plan on using on board video?
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October 13, 2009 1:14:37 AM

Normally is AMD "Black" models that have the multiplier unlocked for easy overclocking.

How old is that PSU? They deteriorate with age so if its old it will provide far less output. Also it wont handle a modern graphics card.


The RAM looks right for that motherboard.
October 13, 2009 8:19:49 PM

dndhatcher said:
Normally is AMD "Black" models that have the multiplier unlocked for easy overclocking.

How old is that PSU? They deteriorate with age so if its old it will provide far less output. Also it wont handle a modern graphics card.


The RAM looks right for that motherboard.


I bought this power supply back in 2004 so it's quite old. What I'm worried about is +12V - 22A Max.

264W total on +12V (Max)

Components:
95W -- CPU TPD
100W -- two hard drives, dvd-rw drive, cd-rw drive

What else goes in this list? Still seems too close to the theoretical max W, especially with component degredation over 5 years.
October 13, 2009 8:32:53 PM

That old could be a 30-40% loss. I would recommend a new PSU if you can manage it.

Wow isnt going to play well with the onboard graphics. What did you used to play on? Would be nice to get a decent GPU but I dont think its in your budget. For gaming a dual core CPU and a good GPU would be alot better.
October 13, 2009 8:45:28 PM

dndhatcher said:
That old could be a 30-40% loss. I would recommend a new PSU if you can manage it.

Wow isnt going to play well with the onboard graphics. What did you used to play on? Would be nice to get a decent GPU but I dont think its in your budget. For gaming a dual core CPU and a good GPU would be alot better.


I'm coming from an Athlon XP 3000+ w/ Radeon 9800 pro 128MB and Wow looks fine like this so anything I get is going to be way better right? :)  I guess I could get the MB without a GPU onboard and get the Radeon HD 4650 512MB.

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