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


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.
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.


    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.

  3. 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=N82E16811129066
    PSU - $90 - Antec TP-650 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371021
    MoBo - $390 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.575884
    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=N82E16820145260
    GFX - $250 - Asus GTX 560 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121424
    HD - $55 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135221

    Ya can add a 2nd vid card to that box in the future and OC that CPU to 4.3 ish GHz
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
    Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 $100
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 & Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 Combo $228

    If you want the option to crossfire get this motherboard:
    Asrock 870 Extreme3 $90

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 MHz 1333 F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT

    HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB $220 ($20 rebate)

    Antec TruePower New Modular TPN-650 80Plus Bronze Modular $90 ($4 shipping)
    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)
    Or something that has been tested more thoroughly:
    Seasonic S12II Bronze 620W 80Plus Bronze $70 ($5 shipping)
    Altho I maintain that you won't have problems with the Xigmatek.

    Cooler Master HAF 912 $60 ($4 shipping)

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB £55

    Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS $22

    Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium OEM $100

    Total: $790-836
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