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Upgrading current PC

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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.

also been looking at the nVidia GTS 450 (Fermi)

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

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 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.
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...


CPU, 450 rana still

Graphics Card

Comes out to roughly $ 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?