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Buying SC2 and need a new PSU, best Combo?

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July 29, 2010 7:01:02 PM

I am going to buy SC2, which is $60 almost everywhere. Currently I have an ancient computer that I am trying to update component by component. I think the most bang for the buck would be a new GPU, but I am concerned that the PSU that was included in my ~$60 Xion case (~350W?) is not quality enough to push a new GPU?

So when looking on Newegg, they had ~$100-$120 combo's with new PSU with SC2. My question is, is one of these a much better quality PSU than the others? I can not find them in the PSU rankings pages. Thanks!

Thermaltake TR2 TRX-650M 650W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$100 with Starcraft 2

XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$110 with Starcraft 2

Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$120 with Starcraft 2

The antec 650W was very highly rated on Tom's.

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July 29, 2010 7:14:23 PM

i would take the xfx unit first followed by the antec. SC2 is not a graphically demanding game, a you may get more of out a CPU upgrade. what are the specs of your PC?
July 29, 2010 7:21:47 PM

Sorry, it is a low quality 450W PSU

XION II XON-103 Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450W Power Supply

Here is some other info:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Windsor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 89W Dual-Core Processor ADA5600CZBOX
2X1GB plus 2X2GB DDR2-800 RAM
2 hard drives (1 sata, 1 IDE)
2 DVD drives
Currently a 7600GT GPU that I want to upgrade to anywhere from a 5750 1GB to a GTX460 1GB.
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July 29, 2010 8:22:55 PM

So am I correct that I should not upgrade my GPU with my current PSU?

The XFX 650W or antec 750W would be plenty for my current system with a GTX460?

Even if/when I upgrade to a 130W processor (in 6-12 months)?
a b ) Power supply
July 29, 2010 8:26:01 PM

Even with SLIed GTX460s and a Thuban, you should be fine with either PSU.
July 29, 2010 8:28:55 PM

If it is overkill, then I should go with the 620W? I do not think I will ever SLI.

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July 29, 2010 8:34:06 PM

Since it costs less than the 620W AR, get the XFX. Running a PSU with lots of overhead helps extends its life by quite a bit and you can use things like PSUs on your next build.
July 29, 2010 8:44:49 PM

Best answer selected by jricha51.