A Few Questions

Hello there,

i currently have this machine and was wondering if i could ask a few questions.

Specs:

AMD Atlon 64 X2 5000B @ 2.60ghz
4GB DDR2 (4x1GB)
250GB HDD
DVD RW Drive
Windows 7 64bit
230W PSU
Onboard Nvidia 6150LE gfx

The questions are as follows,

Im looking for a power supply upgrade + a graphics card update, can you recommend the two for me?

Im a pretty hardcore gamer so i need something that will do the job nicely, i play new and old games but mainly new.

My Budget isnt too high but i want something good so a range of both would be good.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, for motherboard options look at Dell optiplex 740 as my pc has that motherboard but with upgrades.

Yours,
MozZ
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  1. I would agree on the guy above me with the PSU. However the gpu he has recommended is not so "hardcore".
    A nice budget graphics card to get would be this:
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-evga-gtx-460-se-3400mhz-gddr5-gpu-648mhz-shader-clock-1296mhz-288-cores-2x-dl-dvi-i-mhdmi
    If you can bump your price up to that then it would definatly serve you well. Ive got one myself and i can only say on how suprising the speed this thing runs at :PP
    Crysis all very high and 16x AA easy 35fps-40fps. Including high resolution. And with crysis 2 50fps :DDD
    Depending on your price range that would be a nice option.
  2. i realise newegg is a good site, but do they ship to the uk?

    Thanks for all the replies
  3. sorry for the double post, but for some reason i wasn't allowed to edit my own post(clueless to why)

    a small note: My PC has a low profile graphics card slot and the case is a micro-atx one
  4. Joe186 said:
    I would agree on the guy above me with the PSU. However the gpu he has recommended is not so "hardcore".
    A nice budget graphics card to get would be this:
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-evga-gtx-460-se-3400mhz-gddr5-gpu-648mhz-shader-clock-1296mhz-288-cores-2x-dl-dvi-i-mhdmi
    If you can bump your price up to that then it would definatly serve you well. Ive got one myself and i can only say on how suprising the speed this thing runs at :PP
    Crysis all very high and 16x AA easy 35fps-40fps. Including high resolution. And with crysis 2 50fps :DDD
    Depending on your price range that would be a nice option.


    He has and Amd Athlon x2 5000, that cpu can´t handle a GTX 460¡¡¡¡

    Micro-ATX and low profile... that it´s going to be a problem¡¡¡(expensive psu, and expensive low performance gpu...)

    Maybe you should change your pc case....
  5. currently i do not have quite the funding to be changing cases , but ive seen a few low profile gpu's (not low performance i just need the bracket).

    does "Modular" mean a micro-atx case? because im not really sure; i do have knowledge on PC parts but i have never bought a PSU or a GPU before so im kind of new in that field.
  6. High end gpus, doesn´t usually have a low profile version.
    Modular doesn´t mean micro-atx case.

    The best micro-atx psus, that I´ve found available to UK:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/350w-be-quiet-bn134-80-plus-86-eff-sfx-micro-atx

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/400w-fsp-group-vr400a-green-80-eff-80mm-quiet-fan-atx12v-v23-mini-itx-psu

    As you can see they wont´be suitable for a high end gpu...

    Best low profile gpu, that I´ve found(UK):

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-msi-gt-440-40nm-1800mhz-gddr3-gpu-810mhz-shader-1620mhz-96-cores-dvi-i-hdmi-low-profile

    I´ve found in Newegg the following:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814261078

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127523
  7. Never heard of that PSU brandname...
    Does it fit in your case???

    - Dimensions : 150 mm x 160 mm x 85 mm


    I would go for the following psu:

    http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/OCZ+StealthXStream+2+500W+Power+Supply+?productId=40958


    If you are a hardcore gamer the 5570, won´t be enough for you.... Anyway it´s probably the best you can buy for a micro-ATX....

    AT what resolution do you play???
  8. I would play games at 1440x900 at the max, and here is a review of my pc specs that i took from dells website, i have the "desktop" edition

    http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:0Q8NeZO9dUwJ:web.amd.com/en-us/partners/dell/docs/opti_740techspecs.pdf+dell+optiplex+740+specs&hl=en&gl=uk&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESgUzaakEYQmSvikWxaWL6Km-IUKKNCFbNDAH-uWkg3u_yF9e0RJUXQvn-FaS5la5tLfRbSjjemwaLdljHbGsvnAtX-XFPzEYNX0gjprzUVxmpAEFS-1aiBpOVbPA8c-esZmL0rw&sig=AHIEtbShjoWa_nekyK8hRWQ4cZAoLEyzIg

    according to that manual the size of my case is:

    Height:15.6"(39.6cm)
    Width:13.7"(34.8cm)
    Depth:4.5"(11.4cm)
    Volume:15.7L
    Weight:23.1lb(10.5kg)
  9. mozelite said:
    I would play games at 1440x900 at the max, and here is a review of my pc specs that i took from dells website, i have the "desktop" edition

    http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:0Q8NeZO9dUwJ:web.amd.com/en-us/partners/dell/docs/opti_740techspecs.pdf+dell+optiplex+740+specs&hl=en&gl=uk&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESgUzaakEYQmSvikWxaWL6Km-IUKKNCFbNDAH-uWkg3u_yF9e0RJUXQvn-FaS5la5tLfRbSjjemwaLdljHbGsvnAtX-XFPzEYNX0gjprzUVxmpAEFS-1aiBpOVbPA8c-esZmL0rw&sig=AHIEtbShjoWa_nekyK8hRWQ4cZAoLEyzIg

    according to that manual the size of my case is:

    Height:15.6"(39.6cm)
    Width:13.7"(34.8cm)
    Depth:4.5"(11.4cm)
    Volume:15.7L
    Weight:23.1lb(10.5kg)


    You really aren't going to find a gaming-suitable graphics card that is low-profile. Low-profile usually means OEM office computer or HTPC, neither of which require a beefy discrete GPU.

    I wouldn't keep dumping money into your rig. Sell it and start over, or make due with the GPU you have.
  10. thing is, i just bought this rig lol for £100 off ebay, im not looking for hardcore gaming, just something that will get me by for a while - this means i would be able to play new games at lets say medium quality, i dont have the money atm for upgrades so this will have to do.

    This motherboard does however support a Phenom Quad Core which i will probably buy this summer or later this year hence the reason of me keeping it - maybe i would upgrade the motherboard to one holding both DDR2 and DDR3 slots and the compatibility of a quad core further on with a new case too but for now i guess this will have to do.

    So at the current situation what psu+gpu would be wise for me to buy(that would enable me to run at least new games at low-mid quality)

    Cheers,
    MozZ
  11. Hey Mozelite, I have a thread going on over HERE you might find helpful. Sounds like we are doing the same thing.
  12. thanks ill keep an eye on that thread too although newegg don't ship to the uk as far as i know so i would definitely have to look for it elsewhere
  13. Maybe look for this card in the U.K.?
    SAPPHIRE 100323L Radeon HD 6570 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102934
  14. thats way over my budget, ill probably go for a 5570 or a 5670 by the looks of it but i need to find a psu first
  15. sorry for the double post, but i was thinking of buying this, opinions please?
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=390294742014&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT#ht_2086wt_1056
  16. mozelite said:
    sorry for the double post, but i was thinking of buying this, opinions please?
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=390294742014&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT#ht_2086wt_1056


    You get what you pay for. A ~$50 case is pushing it, but WITH a PSU? I doubt it will even put out 450w without blowing up. I'd stay away and keep saving.
  17. hmm, i need something cheap , could you link me to a nice case + psu (from ebay if possible) that ships to the UK?

    what about this - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140510550395&fromMakeTrack=true&ssPageName=VIP:watchlink:top:en#ht_2291wt_1139 i wont be doing killer gaming probably getting a HD4650 or a 5450 just till summer when i buy a new rig
  18. Dominaz1 said:
    He has and Amd Athlon x2 5000, that cpu can´t handle a GTX 460¡¡¡¡

    Micro-ATX and low profile... that it´s going to be a problem¡¡¡(expensive psu, and expensive low performance gpu...)

    Maybe you should change your pc case....


    Oh yeh, damn i should seriously read the post properly before commenting :P
  19. i bought a pc case and a 500W PSU (both arrive tomorrow/monday) and i think i will be buying a GTS250 next week whats your opinion on that guys ? i havent bought the GTS250 yet but i dont have a big budget so £50 for that card seems fine
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