First time poster, and let me get striaght to the chase;
I've recently made my way into the PC world, and found that some video games meet my criteria. As my most anticipated game is favoured Battlefield Bad Company 2, I want to upgrade my computer to the next stage. Upgrading my gsu, psu and possibly my cooling system if anyone here recommends that. I'd only started learning about some computer components for the last week or so. So I don't really have all the knowledge about the spec's and how the quality is better and how the numbers work. But since then I'd been notified about getting a better psu since my original psu isn't enough to keep the system stable. So basically i'm trying to turn this computer into a high performance gaming computer
I've heard good things about Antec, OCZ, Corsair, XFX and so on. But i'm still confussed about what kind of in-depth things I need to be concerned about, when dealing with psu's. Amperage, quality, MTBF, PFC, ball bearing fans, solid capacitors etc. , things like that I got no idea when it comes to my needs / the appropriate numbers to keep my system stable.
My upgrade will contain adding another Radeon 4870 HD into my system, so dos things like crossfire and i7 have to be included into my psu aswell? I'm confussed and I would expriciate some help to steer me into the right direction before I look into the possibly psu that I want to purchase.
And If adding another gsu and a larger psu, I was wondering about the amount of space aviable in ratio to hardware space taken up. So the less room, the more the temperture will rise through work & friction and all. So should I be worried about the amount of room the case has with both of these upgrades ?
More about :upgrading psu possibly cooling system input adivce
Well I don't know my current PSU, but i'd reserached PSU's related to my computer's model an it was 500W on the PSU.
I don't really know how to figure out my cpu cooler, i've tried to see how to check it on the internet but no matter how I phrase the statement or question nothing will come out except cpu cooler reviews.
The Case Model is FX6800-01e other than that I can't determine because PC wizard won't give me nothing about the Chassis, CPU cooler nore the PSU
So it seems like I'm gunna have to slip my computer open and do some hardware seeking ? Had been recommended a 700 - 850 W supply
That's the computer model, it's a Gateway.
Don't know what psu they use , but the 500 watt rating is "peak power", so it's probably good for around 425 continuous.
The specs say 1 PCIE x 16 slot, so no adding a second card.
Similar to the model you linked to but a bit higher wattage just to be safe. Corsair is a very good PSU brand.
Some power supplies advertise particular SLI, Crossfire, and Core i7 compatibility, but really, that's all just marketing. Almost any modern power supply can power an i7, but it's the video cards that are a drain.
The 750w psu has 60 amps on the 12v rail (which powers almost everything in your case; 60 amps x 12v = 720 watts of 12v power. Each 4870 won't use much more than 150w.
tl;dr: The 750w Corsair PSU is a good buy for your system.