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February 2, 2012 3:28:55 PM

I plan on completely upgrading almost every hardware component in my PC by the end of this year. But for now I want to start with PSU & GPU. Will then proceed with motherboard and CPU. The rest will come in any order. Here are my specs:

Gigabyte GA-M52L-S3
400W Great Wall PSU ( 80 plus bronze )
AMD Phenom 9650
nVIDIA 9800GT
360GB 7200rpm HDD
22 inch Samsung syncmaster 2213LN ( 1680x1050 )

I'm thinking about getting the seasonic X-760 (760W) for PSU (any advice if this model would be good?)

Still haven't made up my mind about which graphics card would do. But as far as I'm concerned, I'm not the overclocking type.

No SLI/crossfire

I presently live in China, and would most likely order my stuff through taobao website

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February 2, 2012 4:00:41 PM

terrycyber said:
I plan on completely upgrading almost every hardware component in my PC by the end of this year. But for now I want to start with PSU & GPU. Will then proceed with motherboard and CPU. The rest will come in any order. Here are my specs:

Gigabyte GA-M52L-S3
400W Great Wall PSU ( 80 plus bronze )
AMD Phenom 9650
nVIDIA 9800GT
360GB 7200rpm HDD
22 inch Samsung syncmaster 2213LN ( 1680x1050 )

I'm thinking about getting the seasonic X-760 (760W) for PSU (any advice if this model would be good?)

Still haven't made up my mind about which graphics card would do. But as far as I'm concerned, I'm not the overclocking type.

No SLI/crossfire

I presently live in China, and would most likely order my stuff through taobao website


this is a very good psu, if the price is good go for it, but if you don't want to go for SLI/Crossfire i think you can get the seasonic X-650 the tests results show that the 650 can handle up to 800w of power. and since you are not going for sli you will never use more than that.

about the gpu, you need to give a price range, nvidia/ati, if you are going only for 1680x1050 you will not need anything higher than 570 <= 350$, maybe less, a 560ti or 6950 <280$
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February 2, 2012 4:28:57 PM

@ricardois

thx for quick reply, my budget is more or less 250, preferably less. I've been contemplating between 560ti gtx vs 560 gtx. i know aint the same, since i presume the non is an overclocked 460 gtx, and ti is the real deal.

I'm more nvidia inclined. My main concern with amd cards is that I'm afraid I may loose patience/fever for a game by the time their drivers mature/get optimized for that particular game release. I just prefer playing and enjoying a game while it is still fresh and hot.
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February 2, 2012 4:39:25 PM

terrycyber said:
@ricardois

thx for quick reply, my budget is more or less 250, preferably less. I've been contemplating between 560ti gtx vs 560 gtx. i know aint the same, since i presume the non is an overclocked 460 gtx, and ti is the real deal.

I'm more nvidia inclined. My main concern with amd cards is that I'm afraid I may loose patience/fever for a game by the time their drivers mature/get optimized for that particular game release. I just prefer playing and enjoying a game while it is still fresh and hot.


if you can pay for the 560 ti go for it, there is a good difference between the both cards, i own one, and i love it.

i think the relative performance increase worth the money.

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February 2, 2012 4:44:11 PM

Get a 6870.
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February 2, 2012 4:56:11 PM

@ricardois

I maybe getting a new screen later, 1920x1200.
I hardly ever max out all graphics settings when I play. Are you saying non ti 560 gtx won't do the job? Remember, I won't overclock either.
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February 2, 2012 5:16:22 PM

That looks like a good model PSU, but if you're not going to run multiple cards, there's no way you would need that much power. You could save $100 on the PSU and put that towards a new card. If you wait a month, you can get a 7870 for a projected $300.
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February 2, 2012 5:31:19 PM

Concerning the PSU, I'll be going Sandy bridge i5 3+GHz. Won't I need a lot of power supply?

Also, which i5 sandy bridge should I get ( no overclocking hence no need for unlocked multiplier )
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February 2, 2012 5:56:59 PM

terrycyber said:
@ricardois

I maybe getting a new screen later, 1920x1200.
I hardly ever max out all graphics settings when I play. Are you saying non ti 560 gtx won't do the job? Remember, I won't overclock either.


if you don't worry about max graphics yes 560 non ti will handle it very well ok even on full hd.

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February 12, 2012 4:08:36 AM

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February 12, 2012 6:30:42 AM

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