Hey all, I just bought and built a new system based on some great recommendations and Black Friday prices. Here's my build:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 740 3.0G AM3 (unlocked 4th core)
Mobo: ASROCK 880GXH/USB3 R
GPU: PALIT NE5X460SF1102 GTX460 1G
PSU: OCZ 500MXSP 500W RT
RAM: 2Gx2 | CORSAIR TW3X4G1333C9A G R
CASE: CoolerMaster RC-912-KKN1 RT
CPU Cooler: Coolermaster 212+
Case & CPU Cooler Fans: Scythe 120mm SFF12E (4 qty)
I am now having some buyer's remorse on my PSU. Will my specific 500w PSU support a decent graphics card upgrade in, say, 2-3 years? I do not intend to SLI/Crossfire since I prefer a quieter system, plus my mobo only has 1 PCIE slot anyway. So eventually I'd like to get a single higher end GPU down the road.
It will handle those now, but he's talking about in 2-3 years. Hopefully, the trend to keep power use under control will have continued, especially with continuing process shrinks. If it doesn't, and a midrange card in two years uses the power of a GTX480 today, the answer will be "no." Then there's OCZ durability to consider, regarding capacitor aging. There are too many "maybes" to provide a definitive answer. I would hope for yes, but I'm not sure I'd bet that way.