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September 6, 2012 6:11:11 PM

Hi, I currently have a asus p5wd2 premium http://uk.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_775/P5WD2_... motherboard and I am not looking for an upgrade for that because it's expensive. The main reason I'm here is because I want to know my choice in parts will be stable and compatible:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Asus nVIDIA 3D GeForce GTX 550 TI
G.Skill Ripjaws - Memory - 8 GB : 2 x 4 GB - DIMM 240-pin - DDR3
Arctic Cooling MX-2 4g High Performance Thermal Compound
Alpine 650W Quiet Silent PC Power Supply PSU 120mm Fan

Also if you have any suggestions on what else I should buy instead I will be very grateful. Also I am looking to run games such as Minecraft, Battlefield 3, Arma II DayZ.

Thank You.
a c 146 V Motherboard
September 6, 2012 7:12:48 PM

Weak link here - your PSU choice, not the place to go cheap. For a single GTX 550ti, no more than 500W is needed. Select a PSU from a reputable manufacturer such as Corsair, XFX, SeaSonic, Super Flower, Antec (I have never heard of Alpine, nor have I seen any reviews of their units from legitimate sources) or find a review from such sites as JonnyGuru, HardOCP, AnandTech or HardwareSecrets - all of those sites do extensive testing of the PSU's and even take them apart to look at the quality of the parts and the quality of assembly - don't have to read the whole articles, simply go to the conclusion pages.
The only other concern is that the CM Hyper212 EVO is a large cooler, make sure it will fit your case.
Not bad though
September 6, 2012 7:25:20 PM

Yeah the cooler is fine I have plenty of space, I have even taken the measurements!

My current PSU is 500W but the only reason I wanted a new is because I don't know if it has a 6 pin power connector or will one come in the box?

And thanks
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a b V Motherboard
September 6, 2012 7:45:43 PM

So your buying a new psu because you don't know if yours has a 6 pin connector?? Did you ever consider looking to see if it has one?
September 6, 2012 7:48:31 PM

Yes but I didn't look properly because it's my mums and I have a history of tinkering with things and braking them.
a c 146 V Motherboard
September 6, 2012 7:59:32 PM

Kizza176 said:
Yes but I didn't look properly because it's my mums and I have a history of tinkering with things and braking them.

You'll make a fine IT tech someday, lol.
There is another option, the use of an adapter from a SATA power connector - not the best option but it is workable
September 6, 2012 8:02:32 PM

Yes I know I could do that, and I hope I will be. Because when I leave school after this year I hope to take a course on computer building.
And my psu is ATX 12V VER 2.0
a b V Motherboard
September 6, 2012 8:13:23 PM

So your going to upgrade all those parts, but you unable to see if your psu has a 6pin connector....lol....good luck.
September 6, 2012 8:15:41 PM

As I said I'm not going to do it because I have a history of baking things
a c 146 V Motherboard
September 6, 2012 8:48:56 PM

Kizza176 said:
Yes I know I could do that, and I hope I will be. Because when I leave school after this year I hope to take a course on computer building.
And my psu is ATX 12V VER 2.0

Here's a good head start
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls&feature=relm...
Note: this video is over a year old so the "cutting-edge components" used are a little dated now. Good stuff though if you have the interest.
enjoy
September 6, 2012 9:00:35 PM

Thanks but I already know how to fit a computer lol but there's a lot more to it.
Thanks for the thought much appreciated!
a b V Motherboard
September 6, 2012 9:17:59 PM

Kizza176 said:
As I said I'm not going to do it because I have a history of baking things


Yeah I wouldn't recommend baking things. lol
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