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January 26, 2012 6:14:47 AM

Im rather new to building and i was thinking about getting a 6950:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/XFX+-+HD-695X-ZNFC+Radeon+H...

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.

Specs:
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!

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January 26, 2012 6:17:33 AM

8 GB of DD2
And what power supply would you recommend for that ?
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January 26, 2012 9:21:53 AM

From the last page of the review:
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-eX...
Don't buy this PSU.

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.

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January 26, 2012 10:30:03 AM

You definitely want to pick a better psu.

This probably the best thing going at this exact moment price wise:

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

Although closer to Valentines day they may have more specials. Not the most romantic of gifts, but...

actually I got my wife a new psu for Christmas.
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January 26, 2012 10:40:24 AM

amuffin said:
You will need to overclock your cpu.
Will need a new motherboard to do that.
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January 26, 2012 11:17:23 AM

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.

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January 26, 2012 12:27:00 PM