M2n SLI AMD Athlon 64x2 4000+ 2x1gb DDR2-800 2x2gb DDR2-800 nVidia GeForce 8400 GS 450w PSU Win XP Pro
I need help! I've had this rig for a long time and it's in need of an update. Money is always an option so I was thinking to upgrade small things that I can use in a newer machine some where down the road. I went ahead and bought 4gb (2x2) of ram only to find out that 32bit OS can only use 3 gigs worth *shrug*. So now I figured lets take a look at video cards. It's making my head spin. The main point I have found is that I will need to upgrade my PSU. What PSU should I get? I don't even know what to look at. There are some pretty good sub $150 cards. I was looking at the Radeon HD6790 or the GeForce 550Ti. After all this my MotherBoard/CPU is holding me back so I was looking at the ASUS M5A99x EVO with the FX-8120 bulldozer with 8gb DDR#-1866
I haven't even thought about storage at this point or a burner and I will have to buy Windows 7.
Where does it end?
Thanks for your help.
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forget the upgrade and save the money for a new computer.
if you get the 6790, you should get a 650W PSU; however, you will not see much improvement due to your CPU
A good 500 Watt PSU will handle a 6870, so a 6790 will be just fine with just 500 Watts, even if you get the insanely power-hungry Bulldozer CPU.