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Gaming PC, Partial upgrade

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May 27, 2012 9:42:40 PM

Hello everyone, I'm looking to upgrade and this is what i've got so far.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: ( Folding@Home, gaming(WoW,SC2,B3,COD,Diablo 3) surfing the internet, watching movies)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, PSU, DVD/CD Drives, HDD(WD Caviar Black),
PSU(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution:1920x1200
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Wish list-


EVGA GTX 460

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

16 GB Corsair Vengeance
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI z77 Motherboard, PCI-3.0, 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Are there any changes that you think i should make as far as price/performance?


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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
May 27, 2012 9:50:30 PM

Gamingwont use more than 4 gig of RAM , and nor will any 32 bit program

So unless folding@home is a 64 bit program the RAM you are buying will be wasted . 2 x4 gig is more than enough

The GTX 460 is a couple of generations old now . If you want gaming performance at that resolution then you probably want to spend the money I just saved you on RAM upgrading the graphics to something a little more current like the Radeon 7850
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May 27, 2012 9:58:52 PM

At a glance, your PSU is not going to be enough for your choice of graphics card, the PSU you currently have lists as a 460 watt and that card does say 450 watt minimum, however that PSU is 460 watts MAX power not continuous power.
Also 16GB of RAM is a bit overkill, 8GB should be plenty unless your doing some heavy video editing.

So I recommend upgrading the PSU to at minimum 600 watts continuous power single 12v rail with 40 amps or so (for future upgrade ability for your system) or getting a much lower power graphics card.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 27, 2012 10:14:46 PM

I agree with the first two about RAM. 8 GB is more than enough unless you do some heavy video editing. Take the money you save and put it towards a better PSU + Graphics card.

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2. ($79.99 after rebate)

or

Corsair Builder Series 500W ($29.99 after rebate).

Both can technically power a 7850.

If you don't want to spend that much on a 7850. I found a GTX 560 $159.99 after rebate.

Or the same graphics card GTX 460 Fermi ($89.99 after rebate)
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