Upgrading most components need power supply advise

Hello all,

I built a pc about 2 years ago and am looking to upgrade most of my system.

I think I have most of the parts I want to upgrade, but I'm not sure if I need to upgrade my power supply. This is what I'm thinking about getting:

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

Motherboard: MSI 870S-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH (4 sticks total)

Graphics card: ASUS EAH6870 DC/2DI2S/1GD5 Radeon HD 6870 1GB (I want to get this in a month or two).


Old components I plan on using:

Hard drives: 2 sata drives (1 500g and 1 1.5tb)

My question is on the power supply.

I bought a 600 watt corsair for my old system (with plans to upgrade), but with some of the research I've done I want to make sure it will handle this set up.

Thanks for any help in advance, also any advice on using different parts is welcome. I'm pretty new to the computer building world. I want to keep the total price point around $800 (which is about where I'm at).

Thanks again!
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  1. The PSU will handle that just fine. You may want to see if you can exchange that 4 core to a cheap 6 core phenom. The clocks will end up being very similar after overclocking, and don't tell me you wouldn't want to have a 6-core system.
  2. ^ +1 .

    That 600w Corsair will handle that system fine.


    If you are using the computer for gaming stick with the quad. The Thubans are not good gaming chips and are more for video/photo editing software that can use 6 cores.
  3. A decent 500watt PSU should be more than enough, so you should be fine with your Corsair for a while...until you feel the need to Crossfire. lol
  4. go with the 955 BE instead and overclock it to the 965 clocks the 955 is a better deal amd just charges more for a pre overclocked chip, the better binning isn't worth the extra money
  5. joelmartinez said:
    go with the 955 BE instead and overclock it to the 965 clocks the 955 is a better deal amd just charges more for a pre overclocked chip, the better binning isn't worth the extra money


    Is there much difference between the 965 and the 970? I was only going with the 965 because I can over clock it to match the 970. If it's not worth the money though I'll do that.

    Thanks for the input
  6. you can overclock the 955 BE to a 970 quite easily with stock cooling, although aftermarket TIM (shin etsu) would be nice
  7. Looks fine to me, nothing really special in your system and 600W is plenty.

    What is the reason you are planning to go with 8GB of RAM?
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