APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of Feb, beginning of March.
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming; SWTOR, Skyrim, RAGE, Witcher 2, Hard Reset, Starcraft II, with moderate to high performance on full graphics settings. Would like to enjoy this year: Bioshock Infinite, Max Payne 3, Mass Effect 3, Borderlands 2. I'm a part-time sound engineer and I use DAW applications. I also like to watch the occasional movie.
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: GeForce 8800GT & ColorsIT 600W PSU
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Intel i3-2120, ASUS P8Z68-V LX Socket 1155, 8GB Vengeance 1600Mhz
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:Overclockers UK, Aria, eBuyerCOUNTRY OF ORIGIN: England, United Kingdom
PARTS PREFERENCES: N/A
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm not an enthusiast, but I do like to try and run the five games I buy per year on their prettiest settings. Other than that, I'm still having decent results with the 8800GT, on my tunnel vision resolution. Hopefully I've got the currency conversion with the GBP to USD more or less spot on. I unfortunately have very limited knowledge on this kind of thing, but here's hoping we've got everything for the right prognosis.
I was about to order the HD 6850 today, when a slight PSU conundrum dawned on me. I'm unsure if my current PSU is a reputable brand (ColorsIT 600W), and I've heard that it's worthwhile sussing out for decent power, especially when components can be at risk should the PSU decide to pack it in (hopefully I'm on the right track).
Anyway, I have an OCZ Stealthxtream 400W lying around, that's actually brand new. It was bought a few years back, for a build project that never took off the ground.
Would you advise I:
a)Use my current CIT600W for the new card
b)Go for the OCZ 400W (does it even pack sufficient power for the card?)