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300w power supply in a prebuilt pc???? Good Idea or no?

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January 30, 2011 3:35:41 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

that is the computer in question. Now I am a gamer and would need a computer to handle todays games as well as the ones coming out in the future. Now with a 300w power supply powering the graphics card would it hold up and perform or not. Also if anyone would happen to know or be able to find out what mobo the motherboard is and the ram as i have been unable to find it.
January 30, 2011 4:50:32 AM

That PSU will need to go if you plan on adding a graphics card with any balls. But I believe the DX4320-45 uses a regular 'ol ATX power supply, so swapping it out shouldn't be a problem.
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January 30, 2011 5:00:58 AM

I'm not sure why they supplied it with only 300w when the minimum would be 450w, at least for the ATI Radeon 5750. with 300w, you'll be sharing it with Monitor, Fans, and such which would be much less for the card.

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-rad...


As for the motherboard my best guess would be its just a normal gateway type motherboard. Memory would also be the typical dual channel DDR3, not gaming type ram. This is as far as I got to any real information.

http://support.gateway.com/s/desktop/2010/gateway/dx/dx...

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a c 141 ) Power supply
January 30, 2011 5:04:26 AM

That's not a gaming box. Can ya scrounge another $200 and build a screamer ?

Case - $70 - Antec 300 Illusion http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $90 - Antec TP-650 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $390 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
RAM - $80 - 2 x (2 x 2GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $250 - Asus GTX 560 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD - $55 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ya can add a 2nd vid card to that box in the future and OC that CPU to 4.3 ish GHz


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January 30, 2011 5:10:15 AM

I wouldn't run it without upgrading the power supply. I can't believe they would ship a computer with anything but integrated graphics let alone an ATI 5750 in it with only a 300Watt psu. Even as it stands that PSU is going to be stressed and likely to fail early on as a result. a good solid 500Watt should be plenty, The antec Earthwatts would be a good option if the case will house a standard ATX PSU.
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January 30, 2011 5:13:05 AM

I'll have to look at everything and discuss it with my wife. I also have to figure out a monitor and everything seeing as i'm kinda starting from scratch. Right now we are sharing her laptop and its just not gonna cut it for much longer. Thanks for the reply's, i appreciate the help.
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January 30, 2011 5:13:57 AM

Not sure if the actual system would reflect the pictures or not, but if you zoom in on the power supply in one of the pictures its rated 450Watt/500Watt peak which would be sufficient. It also does look as though its a standard ATX mounting PSU.
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a c 87 ) Power supply
January 30, 2011 11:11:48 AM

I would also recommend building it yourself as you will get much better components for the money, as well a system more suited to gaming. Unfortunately Jack's build will cost over $1000 once you add an OS and that's even before considering peripherals and a monitor. So I here is a cheaper build that will still be plenty for gaming, with some upgrade potential if you choose:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Phenom II X4 955 & Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 Combo $228
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

If you want the option to crossfire get this motherboard:
Asrock 870 Extreme3 $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 MHz 1333 F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT
$40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB $220 ($20 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec TruePower New Modular TPN-650 80Plus Bronze Modular $90 ($4 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you're only going to be running one card then you can save yourself some more money by getting this:
Xigmatek NRP-PC602 600W 80Plus Bronze $60 ($20 rebate, $2 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or something that has been tested more thoroughly:
Seasonic S12II Bronze 620W 80Plus Bronze $70 ($5 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Altho I maintain that you won't have problems with the Xigmatek.

Cooler Master HAF 912 $60 ($4 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB £55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS $22
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium OEM $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $790-836
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