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December 16, 2009 2:55:38 PM

My current system is
Arctic Power 600W PSU - With PCI-E, 3x SATA, 20 4, ATX12V, 8pin 12V Connectors - Retail Boxed
Sapphire PE-AM2RS740G Pure 740G Socket AM2 onboard VGA DVI 6 channel audio mATX Motherboard
Casecom Shiny Piano Black Mid Tower Case with Red LED 120mm Front Fan and Side Window
LiteOn 20x DVD±RW Dual Layer & Ram IDE Black Bare Drive - OEM
AMD Phenom X4 9650 2.3GHz Socket AM2 2MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor
OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Titanium Memory Kit CL4(4-4-4-15)
Maxtor STM3320614AS 320GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache

The psu i had in mind was;
Would that fit/run my computer?

And i need help with finding a budget Graphics card.
I have £60 to spend.

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a b U Graphics card
December 16, 2009 4:19:01 PM

Im not in Europe, but looking at the website you posted I think your best deal is the 450w corsair PSU and an ATI HD 4850.

Corsair is an excellent PSU brand, and because of their quality you definitely do not need a 600w psu. If you do not believe me go to the corsair website and use their calculator.

If lowering the PSU price saves you enough, you might consider a slightly more expensive card--even a 4870/5770 should run on a corsair 450w.
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a b U Graphics card
December 16, 2009 4:21:56 PM

Oh, was that 60 total, or 60 for just the graphic card? I was assuming that the 60 was for the graphic card only: £82 graphic card +£52 PSU = £134 for both. You can probably even run one of the better cards on your psu.
December 16, 2009 4:47:52 PM

I have £130 total to spend. Just the PSU i posted was what people suggested i buy when i first wanted to build the computer. I ended up being a tight ass and brought Arctic Power one, which I've tried 2 cards on and both times my computer would lock up when playing games (Nvidia 8800GT and ATI 4670).
But i was looking ahead as well. Cause once i get more money ill prob be buying a better card and a bigger monitor.
a b U Graphics card
December 16, 2009 5:10:52 PM

You shouldnt really need to spring for for than a 450w corsair unless you plan to use multiple video cards or overclock significantly. The 450w could run most graphic cards on the market today-- except for a few of the extremely high end ones. Anything above the 550w is only needed if you are running multiple cards. (even the 400w corsair that I have can run most cards)

I'm a bit worried about your problem running a 4670-- your PSU should handle that very easily....

I think the 4670 jyjjy listed is a decent low end option, but above that I would consider:

74 for a 9800GT

82 for 4850

92 for 4870
a b U Graphics card
December 16, 2009 6:08:17 PM

1. They have different heatsinks but are the same card.

2. Yep. According to the corsair website that PSU can easily run your computer along with a big card like a 4870. I encourage you to look.

3. You dont need a new PSU to run the 4670 though--it runs off the slot alone and doesnt even need a power connector. It could run off of a 250-300w PSU easily...

What kind of gaming do you do? and at what resolution? A 4670 is a great value, but might not let you use high settings on newer games...

December 16, 2009 6:31:10 PM

Well since I'm on integrated graphics at the moment, i don't to a lot of gaming. Mainly playing PES 2010 and Killing floor.
But I would be playing Prototype, GTA 4, Mass Effect and the like if i could.
And since i have a 17inch monitor i'll be playing at 1280x1040.
Also might as well point out I'm on Vista 64bit.
a b U Graphics card
December 16, 2009 6:49:16 PM

Oh well the 4670 would be fine for average gaming since none of those are brand new and you have a small monitor.

If you want to get a new PSU now you can, but you really dont need to.

(what happened to the 8800gt you tried? --its still a lot more powerful than this card)
December 16, 2009 7:02:32 PM

Since it wouldn't work i traded it for a PSP with a friend. I though it was a good deal since i got the card of a mate for £60.
But my friend spilt coffee over it when he was about to install it in his computer. And now it doesn't work at all.

Tbh, I would prefer to get a new psu, since the 4670 and the 8800 didn't work on this PSU. My computer has also locked up couple of times when gaming while using integrated graphics.
a b U Graphics card
December 16, 2009 7:48:17 PM

Yea-- a new PSU is a good investment that will keep your other components safer from electrical/failure issues.

Still though-- i need to emphasize that the previous 4670 should have worked with any PSU-- you might want to figure out if it was a faulty card, or if you have some motherboard/slot issue that you dont know about before purchasing another one.
December 16, 2009 7:50:42 PM

How would i go about that then?

But I would of thought it would be a problem with the PSU since my computer has locked up a couple of times while on integrated graphics.
a b U Graphics card
December 16, 2009 10:57:12 PM

puddz said:
How would i go about that then?

But I would of thought it would be a problem with the PSU since my computer has locked up a couple of times while on integrated graphics.

I'm not certain... maybe that should be a separate post in another section. You should describe the symptoms in detail and see if other agree.