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Phenom II 955 Gaming - How much RAM? and which PSU?

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May 21, 2011 3:39:45 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Now to two weeks

Budget Range: some parts already purchased, buying remaining part by part

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming FPS and Real-time strat, surf internet, internet tv

Parts Not Required: Case, MB, GPU, CPU, HDD

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Microcenter nearby

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

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My nephew just bought a 955 BE w a Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-S2 AM3 760G mATX AMD Motherboard as part of a Microcenter combo deal. He is reusing some pasts from an old computer (Case, HDD, GPU) for the time being until he replaces it later. To start the rebuild we need to get RAM first. Then a power supply, if we can not temporarily reuse the old one.
My Q>>>
Should he go for 4GB of RAM or 8GB? What is the standard for a gaming rig now? Any recommendations?
On the power supply front, I am thinking that he needs 600W or more? Any recommendations for a PSU under $60?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 21, 2011 4:22:18 PM

4 Gig of RAM should be fine. Only go to 8 Gig if you can afford it (and IMO, it's really not necessary).

You don't say what graphics card you have, so it's hard to suggest a power supply. Additionally, I wouldn't consider or recommend ANY gaming capable power supply under $60. I'd be looking to spend somewhere between $80 and $150 for a power supply (depending on usage and graphics card).

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May 21, 2011 4:30:12 PM

GPU is a 9800 GT for now but want the PSU ability to upgrade within 9 mos
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a b 4 Gaming
May 21, 2011 8:40:24 PM

Admittedly the number of high quality power supplies below $60 is not that great (especially above 500W), but there are some which can be safely used. For the following suggestions I am not really taking upgradeability into account, altho I have no doubt that they will safely power the build you have outlined so far:
Antec Neo Eco 520W 80Plus $60 ($6 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec Earthwatts Green EA-500D 80Plus Bronze $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
These two don't come with power cords so you would have to reuse one you already have or get another one from elsewhere.

Antec High Current Gamer HCG-520 80Plus Bronze $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That Corsair GS600 isn't the best thing you can get for $100, as you can get things like the following which are cheaper and superior:
Antec High Current Gamer HCG-620 80Plus Bronze $85 ($15 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX 650W XXX Edition (Grey fan) 80Plus Bronze Modular $89 ($20 rebate, $4 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 28, 2011 2:34:55 PM

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