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October 4, 2010 7:17:52 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-4weeks

Budget Range: Less than $600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Graphic Design (Adobe Suite), Video Editing

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, HDD, Monitor, CD ROM

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon

Country of Origin: USA

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Additional Comments: Basic Build, Don't need fancy lights or anything special.

I have a 430 watt Trupower 2.0 (about 4 years old) that I can use to save money, but am unsure if it will suffice with todays technology (currently running an FX-55 with 6800 Ultra). Similarly, I have a Thermal Take Tsunami Case that can be recycled too if it will cut back and be effecient enough (will replace the two 120mm fans)

Old Case:
Old PSU:


CPU: AMD AMD Phenom II X3 740 Black Edition $88.99

Mobo: ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 $89.99

GPU: ASUS GTS 450 1GIG $139.99

Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $84.99

CPU Cooler: Cool Master Hyper 212+ $29.99

Case+PSU Combo: Antec 300 + Antec Earthwatts 750 $129.94

$563.89 Before Shipping (+$15.15) and Rebates (-$5).

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October 4, 2010 7:58:41 PM

not bad at all there.

Seagate 7200.12 1TB hard drives are on sale at newegg for only $59.99 this month.

you probly don't need the 750, The combo with the 520W psu is $10 cheaper, with the 380W, its around $90.

October 5, 2010 6:10:02 AM

^^ If the case is in good shape, then I would suggest you reuse the case and with the money saved, get a better graphic card, but you would need a newer PSU though...

Here is a config -

CPU, Mobo - Same

Graphic card - Go with ATI as the mobo supports Crossfire, also just for the same price - actually less(if including rebates,) you get HD 5770 which is far more powerful than the GTS 450

GSKillz 4GB DDR3 + Antec EA650 - This can easily handle 2x HD 5770s in Crossfire...
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October 5, 2010 11:41:39 AM

- Its not an 80+
- No PFC
- 4 years old
For me these reasons are enough to buy a new PSU...
Rest are good though...
October 5, 2010 12:15:54 PM

He can run his rig on that PSU until he gets a nice one capable of powering a CF setup. I see no reason to buy a lesser CPU and video card just because the PSU is older or doesn't have a slightly better efficiency.
October 5, 2010 1:12:38 PM

mosox: 4 year old psu likely no longer meets the amperage. its OLD now. that's why to change it
October 5, 2010 4:50:52 PM

Based on what you all are saying, buying a psu SHOULD be done sooner rather than later. With that said, dropping the case and adding a couple 120mm fans plus upgrading a bit on the video card and CPU could be worth while.

CPU: X4 955 + GPU 5770 $290.98

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 $59.99

Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $84.99

MOBO: ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 $89.99

CPU Cooler: Cool Master Hyper 212+ [...] 245&sr=8-1 $29.99

Case Fans: (2) Antec 761345-75120-9 120mm Case Fan $9.99ea. $19.98

Total: 575.92 Before Rebates: -$40 and shipping: +$10.63