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July 3, 2012 3:44:46 PM

I bought my system a few months back as it was the best I could find for my budget. I knew when I got it I would need to upgrade the PSU, GPU and likely the RAM when I could afford it. I am looking at options to run an HD 7970 while upgrading to 16 GB RAM. I use the system for both work and gaming, but this upgrade is mainly for the latter. I was also debating another fan even though my system runs fairly cool as it is. Any thoughts or problems that I might be missing?


PSU upgrade: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
New GPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
New RAM: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Fan: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...


My System: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1688...

CPU: AMD FX-Series FX-8120(3.1GHz)
Mobo: ASROCK N68-VS3 FX
Memory: 8 GB DDR3 1333
HDD: 1 TB
GPU: Radeon HD 6850 1 GB
PSU: 600W
July 3, 2012 4:15:41 PM

At least swap the 7970 for a GTX 670. RAM looking good.

Personally I would've gotten a PSU from a more "popular" brand (Corsair, Seasonic etc etc), but I'm sure that PSU will serve you good as well. It has 4/5 avg reviews on Newegg.

Case fan looks good too.
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July 3, 2012 4:29:32 PM

nafoni said:
At least swap the 7970 for a GTX 670. RAM looking good.

Personally I would've gotten a PSU from a more "popular" brand (Corsair, Seasonic etc etc), but I'm sure that PSU will serve you good as well. It has 4/5 avg reviews on Newegg.

Case fan looks good too.


I was going with the Radeon as they run 3 monitors and I had only seen NVIDIAs capable of running 2 monitors on a card. On a second look, seems the GTX 670 runs up to 3 monitors. Anyone tried out a 3 monitor set up on a 670?
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July 3, 2012 5:43:00 PM

bartholomew said:
The GTX670 should be able t handle 3 monitors.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-670-review/7

PSU; SeaSonic M12II 520W - 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair TX650v2/TX750V2 for SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I was already looking at Corsairs now that I'll have a bit more budget to work with. I think I'll go with the 750V2 just for peace of mind and if I decide to get a new motherboard in a year or two that will allow me to SLI something then. Thanks guys (and any other suggestions to get a bit more out of this are appreciated).
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July 4, 2012 6:54:06 AM

Elbuns said:
I was already looking at Corsairs now that I'll have a bit more budget to work with. I think I'll go with the 750V2 just for peace of mind and if I decide to get a new motherboard in a year or two that will allow me to SLI something then. Thanks guys (and any other suggestions to get a bit more out of this are appreciated).

Good choice! Go for it!
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