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Is my PSU enough to power my future rig?

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March 13, 2011 5:47:52 AM

I am looking to upgrade my CPU/Mobo/Ram very soon when I get my tax return. Here is my current specs:

Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.34GHz
8 gigs of Kingston 240 DDR2 Ram
PNY GTX 460 (Overclocked)
DVD/RW CD-Rom Drive
2x 650GB Western Digital 7200RPM Hardrives
3x 120mm Cooler Master SickleFlow Fans
1x 140mm XigmaTek Fan

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI --- PSU

All bundled in my DF-35 Antec Dark Fleet Series Case.

I do a lot of computer web designing as well as work with Dreamweaver and other types of programs. I also am a very big gamer when I have the time to that is. I have never had any issues with my power supply even know I have heard bad things about it. I am looking to upgrade to either i5-2500k, i7-2600k or the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T.. I have never been a big AMD fan in the past but that was mostly due to peoples opinion on the matter, I never had a AMD based system but I am opened minded on this. THE QUESTION IS can my PSU handle the type of upgrade I am looking to get or do I need to get a new one as well??

Any type of input good, bad or whatever I would like to hear some outside opinions before I go ahead and spend all this money.

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a c 328 à CPUs
March 13, 2011 5:57:00 AM

As long as you are only upgrading motherboard/processor and RAM your power supply is fine . Get the 2500K for gaming only or if you use multithreaded apps get the 2600K. Either one destroys the AMD. Even with overclocking I think you are fine with that PSU as long as you stick with a GTX460.
March 13, 2011 6:02:50 AM

I have absolutely no plans on buying a new graphics card since I just got the 460gtx a few months ago. I was worried about the new mobo/ram/CPU combo taking to much juice and my PSU not be strong enough for it. I do plan on overclocking my mobo and cpu maybe not to the extreme but some at least. Will that be the ending of my PSU or could it handle a little overclocking?
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a c 328 à CPUs
March 13, 2011 6:07:12 AM

It is fine for overclocking. Sandy bridge uses less power than what you have now I believe and the GTX460 really only needs a quality 450w PSU you are fine with 550w. The OCZ is not a bad power supply.
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February 23, 2012 6:36:36 PM

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February 23, 2012 6:36:37 PM

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