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May 15, 2011 12:31:32 AM

Hey guys, I am wanting to upgrade this spare pc I have and was wondering a few things. First of all here is the specs for the pc:

Windows XP (Upgrading this to Vista (yes I know lol))
2gb ram
2.7ghz intel duo
450w crap psu
Crap video card
EVGA NF66 650i ultra mobo

My main objective is I want to be able to play Starcraft 2 on low/medium settings without lag/framerate issues.

Now the processor should be fine (I think?) the 2gb of ram is kind of low but should work.

Here is the mobo I have: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is the video card I'm thinking about getting: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Says the minimum requirement of power supply watts is 300 with a 12v rating of 18A.

The power supply I'm getting is a Black 600w Silent ATX Power Supply w/20+4pin SATA from powork. It has a 12v rating of 24A.

I guess my first question is would that video card and psu work on that mobo? The video card is a pci express x16 2.0 but the mobo's slot isn't a 2.0, that shouldn't really matter should it?

My second question is would that video card be able to run Starcraft 2 with the aforementioned details?

My third question is will that psu do it's job good enough for it all to work?

Sorry for the lengthy post, I am just unsure about these things and could really use your input.

Thanks guys!

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a b U Graphics card
May 15, 2011 12:52:41 AM

Do not buy a 9400 gt is a low performance gpu.
If you do not want to change your PSU, you could buy this gpu:

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

Also I won´t buy a 600 w PSU, with only 24 A in the 12 V rails, that should mean it´s a low quality PSU.

If you want to change your PSU, this would be a good and cheap choice:

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

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

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

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May 15, 2011 2:04:00 AM

Dominaz1 said:
Do not buy a 9400 gt is a low performance gpu.
If you do not want to change your PSU, you could buy this gpu:

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

Also I won´t buy a 600 w PSU, with only 24 A in the 12 V rails, that should mean it´s a low quality PSU.

If you want to change your PSU, this would be a good and cheap choice:

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

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

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


Thanks for the response!

I've pretty much come to terms that I will have to upgrade psu's because my current 450 only has like a 14A on the 12v lol.

The fact that I'll need both a gpu and a psu is pretty lame, as of this moment, I only have about $75 to work with. If there's any other cards or psu's you can suggest that might could work around my limited budget that would be super sexy.

Thanks again!
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a b U Graphics card
May 15, 2011 5:31:36 AM

How about the 5670 512mb GDDR5
here they are on US Newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

the Gigabyte and Sapphires are nice
you can just about get one for $75

I just bought the MSI HD 5670 low profile for my Dell Optiplex 745 280w psu

it is a very low powered card (doesnt need external 6 pin connector)
it maxes at 64w
I have read of them working on 250w psus

in the reviews and benches it is good for low to medium gaming

toms picked it as best card for $75 in May Video card article
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-...

for $75 USD it is the best choice
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a b U Graphics card
May 15, 2011 7:16:13 PM

With 75 $ is almost imposible to buy a good gpu and a reliable PSU.

The best I could found is arround 80 $ after rebate.

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

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


Another option, buy a "green"(low power) gpu, and change your PSU as soon as you have enough money.

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
May 15, 2011 9:39:44 PM

A hd 5670 only draws 64watts at MAX load
it idles at 14watts

really no need for a new PSU though it sure couldnt hurt
remember a HD5670 will run fine on a decent 300w
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May 15, 2011 10:24:13 PM

king smp said:
A hd 5670 only draws 64watts at MAX load
it idles at 14watts

really no need for a new PSU though it sure couldnt hurt
remember a HD5670 will run fine on a decent 300w


I have to totally agree with this. Keep your power supply unless you get random reboots and go right for the 5670.
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