I am currently trying to build a new system and have been searching for a few days on which parts would be best for the build. The computer I currently use has a graphics card that is on it's way out but its such an old machine that upgrading is a bit futile for the amount of money involved.
I am working on quite a small budget of roughly 300 Pounds. Going over is not a huge problem as long as its not too much, but I have made that my range so going over by a ridiculous amount is not possible.
This is the setup I am looking at :-
Motherboard :- MSI 870-C45 AMD 770 (Socket AM3)
Ram :- Kingston HyperX 2GB (2x1GB) 1600MHz
CPU :- AMD CPU Athlon II 250 Dual Core Processor
GPU :- XFX HD Radeon 5750
PSU :- ??
I would like some advice on the current setup I am deciding on getting. It all appears to be compatible and decent for the budget given but the current PSU I have is old and only a 450Watt supply (all be it an OCZ supply) so a new one is most likely needed, but I have no idea on what one to get for this new system.
Any information you can provide on Positives and negatives would be most welcome. I am toying with the idea of ordering the parts in the next couple weeks.
look ok. I'd see if you can save a bit and get DDR3-1333. Also its only a little bit more nowadays to get 4 GB instead of 2 GB, so I'd recommend that.
for the system, you need really only about a 380-450W PSU. The Antec Earthwatts 380D is a great, relatively inexpensive choice that will handle that GPU (really anything up to a single 460 is good with it)
One note I will add, I know my PSU is a few years old. but is a 450Watt OCZ, so respectable. Would it be worth keeping my current PSU or would you recommend to throw it by now? its roughly 3-4years old now.
No, not at all. Like said earlier the psu can handle up to a gtx460.
I understand being psu conscious considering it is the most important part of the computer. The biggest thing is just to make sure you have a very high quality unit.
I'd use the old PSU if it's still functioning properly, and put the savings toward upgrading from the 5750 to a 5770 at least. If you're looking to play games at least. Also, consider a Quad core if it fits in your budget.
4GB of RAM is a must IMO as well. The cost difference is marginal compared to the benefits.