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December 15, 2009 11:24:29 AM

Guys,

After hours of research looking for best prices and combos to fit my budget for a new gaming machine , which i can upgrade easily over the next years i have decided to get the following

Intel Core i5 750
Asus P7P55D PRO
Corsair XMS3 DDR3-1333 2gb

I am going to put either an HD4870 , HD4890 or a 5 series card in there , and get another one in there future for crossfire , still deciding what would be best.

My question is , what PSU should i get? I currently have a EZ Cool ATX 550JSP which is socket 775 , I take it this PSU will be no good?

Also my case is Coolermaster 534 would this case fit 2 of the above cards.

Your advice is most appreciated

Dog09
December 15, 2009 11:58:28 AM

a:It only matters if the wattage is high enough. psu's are not really linked to platforms. You will most probably need more wattage later as you upgrade.
b:Generally, if it fits on the mobo(which will hold 3 cards) it fits in the case.
December 15, 2009 2:39:09 PM

Get the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro for USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gps for $20 more. Especially if you plan to keep the mobo for a few years.

You need to decide on the gpu's 1st before the psu. Judging by your post, I don't think you got the money for a CF setup right now. So I suggest you go with a single gpu and a bit beefier psu for later gpu upgrades. Like the HD 5770. What games do you plan? What's your budget for everything?
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December 15, 2009 2:57:16 PM

Ok i am looking for a good gaming pc , which can be upraded in future when i get more funds , I have about £700 not sure what that is in USD , I dont need Optical and Hard drives , nor Operating system so all i have been looking at is CPU,GPU,PSU,RAM and Mainboard , If anyone has any good suggestions i would like to hear them , I looking for something that will be alot better than what i have now which is

Core2 Conroe 6400@2.13
Radeon X1950 Pro 512
3gb DDR2
P965 Neo Mobo
550w PSU

Basically i want to better everything i have now and be able to play games at high spec , reason.... i want to go back to pc gaming as i have grown tired of consoles , all to be played on my 37" 1080p LCD tv.

Kind Regards
Dog09
December 15, 2009 4:13:34 PM

Dogfood09 said:
If anyone has any good suggestions i would like to hear them , I looking for something that will be alot better than what i have now which is
Dog09

I learned that if one uses for lot of gaming with a single gaming card etc. then it's enough to choose like a Corsair 550W PSU, otherwise it's better to look for a 650W or even 750W (depending upon your PC gaming card type, numbers, power drawn etc).

In my case, considering for a Corsair 550/650W PSU (Core i5-750 + one Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1 GB card). Honestly, don't know if I need a 650W for very sure though it cost some $10 more. Anyway, have a look at them:

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~$70 after mail in Rebate
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89 after mail in Rebate

Some suggested me to go for this one because it's a modular one:

CORSAIR CMPSU-650HX 650W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~$120 after mail in Rebate (too much!!!)

Now, point is, should a i5 machine like mine need a modular PSU or not :??: 


~akula2
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