I was wondering if my Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 @ 2.50GHz would bottleneck it.
I also need a power supply that can run this so i was wondering the best "bang for the buck" to run this without spending more than needed.
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 @ 2.50GHz
Motherboard: Intel Corporation DG43GT
Power Supply: COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS500-PCARD3-US 500W
Video Card: GTS 250
was wondering if that 6950 would work smoothly with everything I currently have.
Thanks in advance!
One of my systems has an OC'd Q9550, 4 GB RAM, a GTX260 - a card with slightly less power requirements than yours, a Gigabyte EP45-UD3P motherboard, 3 hard drives and an optical, and a Soundblaster card all powered by a Corsair 750TX.
Running 3 instances of Prime95 to load the CPU and 3DMark06 to load the GPU, it pulls 375 watts from the wall as measured by my Kill-a-Watt meter. Figuring 80% PSU efficiency, the system pulls 300 watts from the PSU.
I estimate that your system with a 6950 would pull around 350 - 380 watts. A good 500 watt PSU would do, but a 600 watt PSU would be better.
You won´t be able to OC your Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300, as your mobo (DG43GT) is locked. As delluser1 stated, you need a new mobo for OC, but if you are to buy a new mobo, then you´d probably get a new cpu, eh? Perhaps it is time to get a new rig.
The Seasonic S12II 520W has no $10 rebate at Newegg but i'd be hard-pressed to take the Corsair over the S12II at this price point. Don't get me wrong - the Corsair is a great unit but I'd go for the Seasonic at this price point. Johnny Guru review of the S12II.