Hello all, hopefully this post will not break etiquette too much. I have been reading up on my situation for nearly 2 days worth of free time. My brains are in full-on knots. I am hoping I have arrived at a solution that is within budget.
I purchased a Dell XPS 8100(gasp) last year after my iMac *** a brick. I had planned to build a comp, post-iMac, but having no secondary internet access we purchased this PC immediately upon losing the iMac. The specs are as follows:
Dell XPS 8100
Intel i5 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nvidia GeForce gt220 1GB
350 watt stock PSU
windows 7 64-bit
23" Dell cheapo lcd monitor
unsure of the MoBo
No OCing going on anywhere in the system. Nothing else special about it, just essential stuff like the dvd drive, usb ports, etc...
I recently purchased a newly released AAA MMO title to find that the FPS/general quality of the graphic rendering is unacceptable. After reading up on the situation I am fairly certain my GPU is floundering in the deep end of the performance pool, causing me distress.
So, I have decided to replace it and necessarily the PSU with a budget of $300. The best I can come up with are these two items:
These put me ~$15 over budget. But having a pretty soft mind when it comes to this stuff I am not entirely convinced this is the best way to improve my gaming performance. Hence my desire for a mandate from this community. Presently I need it to play Rift on solid settings with 40+ FPS, later, I need it to handle SW:TOR, which is optimized far better. I'd like to spend this $300 and be set for a few years of enjoyable MMO gaming, maybe some Total War; Shogun 2.
Is this the best way I can spend the $300? Should I instead go with the 6950 1gb model and a more powerful PSU?
For the record, I don't mind finding another use for the PSU later on if I decide to upgrade the MoBo/CPU so long as it will be sufficient for my current needs. Thanks in advance for your help, I really need it for peace of mind.
first of all your cpu is all good for any game. a 500w earthwatts is a great psu that can run any single gpu setup and some mid range crossfire/sli setups. review here http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Antec-EarthWatts...
22A on 12v rail? in the review its 17A x2 12v rails. either way the earthwatts 500w is a solid choice for that setup and you wont be straining the psu. You can flash the 2gb 6950 to a 6970 if you need the extra power. I think your making a good choice.