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July 25, 2010 9:24:06 AM

Hello! I was wondering if my 550W will be able to handle this comp i want to build.



CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955

GPU: GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit

Will 550W be enough or you guy's think I'll be needing an upgrade on the PSU?

I also need DVD and HDD which ones would you guy's recommend that aren't so expensive for that motherboard?

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July 25, 2010 9:32:30 AM

Don't get the GTX 465. Get a 1GB GTX 460, which is better and cheaper for the most part. For a good HDD get a Spinpoint F3, 500GB or 1TB is up to you depending on how much space you need but they're both really good. Any cheap CD/DVD is all right, the 24X Sony Optiarc is only $20 and will be fine. And yes, the 550W will be fine.
July 25, 2010 9:55:27 AM

hmmm i see well i got the 465 for $210, but 460 is better which i did not catch, i just thought the 465 for $210 was a good buy. Anyways I'm considering returning it but look at these two they basically have the same thing except the 1G is a little bit more expensive, 768 and 1G which one would you go for? also is EVGA a good brand i don't know much about brand wise. thanks!!!
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July 25, 2010 10:00:46 AM

EVGA is a very good brand. Depending on your resolution you could get the 460 and not really notice a difference between them. If you're getting the 768 version I would get this one: It's a little bit extra but you pay for the warranty, which for that one would be lifetime over the one you chose, which is 2 years. If getting the 1GB then the one you listed is nice, and has the lifetime warranty as well.
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July 25, 2010 1:56:21 PM

550W what? Not all PSUs are made the same.

A quality 550W should be fine. You have a 125W CPU, round it up to 200W for the mobo, ram, drives, etc. The GTX465 is around 200W as well, so the full system draw is ~400W. This is worst case, most people don't stress their CPU and GPU to the max at the same time.