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August 25, 2010 2:15:20 AM

:hello:  The present state of affairs (and probably a trip down memory lane for some of you):

CPU----AMD Athlon 64x2 4600+
Mobo--Asus A8N SLI SE
GPU----Radeon X1900XTX
RAM---Crucial Value Select PC3200 DDR400 1Gig X 2 (one stick just died)
PSU---X Power Light 480 - ( )
Case--NZXT Tempest
HDD--1 X WD Green 1GB, 1 X WD Green 2GB, 2 X seagate 300gb
DVD Multidrive / Floppy / Auto Fan Controller

I'm looking to upgrade now, thinking about:

CPU----AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Socket AM3 3.2 GHz 8MB L3

Mobo--Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 870 Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX

GPU----MSI HD 5770 Hawk 1GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI Display Port Out

SSD----Corsair 60GB Force SSD 2.5" SATA-II Read 285MB/s Write 275MB/s


PSU-- In my limited current knowledge, after a couple of days of manic upgrade reading, it looks like a close run thing if I need a bigger psu or not? If so, maybe something like this: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ( )

So.. I play games, a bit of video editing and still the odd bit of recoding. I'm looking for the usual sort of recreational rig that I could hopefully stretch out to another 3 or 4 years if needs be. Overclocking? To the limits of easiness. Future Crossfire? Very doubtful. Sata 3 is out of my orbit atm. USB3 less so, but if I get there soon, I can always add a card I guess. I am open to suggestions on everything, but especially ram, ssd, psu? and motherboard. If sata/usb 3 isn't so important to me, is there any particular reason to get an 800 series mobo? would I be better off with a 790 rather than an 870?

There's no fixed price here (most of my links above are in £ rather than $ anyway). I'm just hoping for some recommendations for good solid reliable mid range upgrades that should last me a while. :hello: 

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a b B Homebuilt system
August 25, 2010 3:11:12 AM

cooler master is a fine PSU, though you can probably drop to a 500W on that build.

Did You mean Green 1TB/2TB drives in your old system? 1GB and 2GB drive feels very 1994-95 :) 

if they are really 1 Gigabyte drives, dump the SSD for a 1TB HD from samsung or western digital. If thats a 1TB and 2TB, then the SSD is a fine idea.

you'll probly do fine with 4 GB of G.Skill brand ram.

the motherboard is solid, as is the 5770
August 26, 2010 5:20:53 PM

Sorry Screwy, that's supposed to be TB.

Anyway, FWIW, I went with an Asus M4A8TD motherboard ( ) rather than the Gigabyte, as there were some reports of ram compatibility problems with the Gigabyte. I'm also getting G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 to go with it, as it looks more or less compatible with the Asus according to their QVL.

After running my hardware through eXtreme's Power Supply Calculator ( ), it appears that my 480w psu may be powerful enough, so I think I'll give that a go first, before buying a new one. Most HD 5770 gpu's recommend a 450w power supply, but the slightly overclocked MSI Hawk recommends a 500w. As far a I can see though, even a fairly heavy overclock only pushes up the drain an extra 30w, so if the capacitors in my psu are still ok, things will hopefully work.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 26, 2010 11:16:30 PM

Don't use that PSU!

Its 4 years old now. If it was new. yeah, you could use it, but at 4 years old, it is getting old enough that the capacitors will have degraded.

Get a newer 500-550W Powersupply that's 80+ Certified. OCZ, Cooler Master, Sea Sonic, Thermaltake, and Antec are all great PSU makers and their 500Ws run $40-60