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February 17, 2011 1:12:16 AM

Looking to upgrade my current PC... Has the M2N-E Asus mobo and a lowly CPU.

What i'll be doing with the PC: School work, Photoshop, Video softwares, CoD etc.

Been bouncing around a couple different video cards and not sure which way to go...found this deal but not sure how the XFX PSU is.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

also been looking at the nVidia GTS 450 (Fermi)

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

for a CPU I've been looking at the x3 450 Rana

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

Trying to make the best upgrades I can for around $300. I can upgrade more stuff once I replace + sell my current stuff.

I'd like to upgrade the mobo as well, not a priority at the moment but down the road...so if I could get some input on PSU/Video Card and if that processor will suit my needs that'd be great.

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February 17, 2011 11:31:24 AM

New monitor is yet to be bought... looking for the biggest/cheapest I can get, so most likely a 22" Acer from CL or something. I'm not too worried about playing in full resolution as long as I can still play with it fairly large. Currently using a 17" Samsung Syncmaster and trying to ugprade on a budget.

The mobo is the regular version M2N-E. From what I read I have to mod the BIOS a little bit but that CPU is posted is supported. The mobo will be upgraded, just not right away.

Trying to get a new CPU/PSU/Vid Card first.

I'm still looking for good combo deals to save money and get what I need. That's how I stumbled onto the XFX deal just wasn't sure how good the PSU was. Even though on Newegg it doesn't say it's the XXX version it look exactly the same.
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February 17, 2011 12:47:17 PM

A GTS 450 runs just about even in performance with a HD 5770.
Either of those cards would give excellent performance with a 1680x1050 or 1600x900 resolution monitor. A good 400~450W PSU would be enough power for a system with a X3 450 CPU and one of those cards.
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March 2, 2011 8:58:45 PM

Ok i'm about to pull the trigger on my buy... this is what i've come down to...

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

CPU, 450 rana still

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

Comes out to roughly $270...is there a big difference between the GTS 450 and a GTX 460? Cheapest I can find a quality name brand GTX 460 is $140ish and GTS is $110ish. Would it be better to spend a few more dollars or am I not going to see a big enough difference to make it worthwhile?
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