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September 20, 2012 12:46:38 AM

What power supply would I need to run this?

- AMD Phenom II x6 1055T
- Radeon 7850 2GB
- 1.5TB HD
- 6GB DDr3 Ram

Right now I have a 500W Cooler Master Extreme Power Supply in my computer. This is my current build. Do you think I need more?

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Also will I need to upgrade the PSU if I upgrade to this processor?
- i7-3770

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September 20, 2012 12:52:16 AM

Your system should be fine. However, it's an old Cooler Master PSU. As far as I know, their older models were pretty crappy. Upgrading it isn't necessary, but it is optimal. If you do upgrade, how much do you plan on spending for a new PSU?
September 20, 2012 1:03:10 AM

AbdullahG said:
Your system should be fine. However, it's an old Cooler Master PSU. As far as I know, their older models were pretty crappy. Upgrading it isn't necessary, but it is optimal. If you do upgrade, how much do you plan on spending for a new PSU?


I was wondering because if I do not need to upgrade my PSU for the new CPU, I might as well just use it as long as I can, If I can. If not, I would probably buy an i5-3570k and spend about 50$ on a new PSU.
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September 20, 2012 1:05:43 AM

iFaymous said:
I was wondering because if I do not need to upgrade my PSU for the new CPU, I might as well just use it as long as I can, If I can. If not, I would probably buy an i5-3570k and spend about 50$ on a new PSU.

What will you be doing with your system, and what's your budget?
September 20, 2012 1:08:44 AM

AbdullahG said:
What will you be doing with your system, and what's your budget?


Gaming. I am going to use $430. I was thinking about upgrading to an intel processor (i5 3rd gen) and a motherboard to go with it. If I get a i5, I will have enough money for a PSU. If I get a i7, I wont have enough money for a PSU.
September 20, 2012 1:17:05 AM

iFaymous said:
Gaming. I am going to use $430. I was thinking about upgrading to an intel processor (i5 3rd gen) and a motherboard to go with it. If I get a i5, I will have enough money for a PSU. If I get a i7, I wont have enough money for a PSU.

An i7 provides little benefit over an i5 in gaming. An i5 3570K will suffice for gaming.
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September 20, 2012 1:19:31 AM

I just upgraded from an overclocked 1045t @ 3.4 Ghz, to av overclocked 2600k @4Ghz.

Adding a second GTX 560 (~$140) in SLI made a HUGE improvement in my games.

Upgrading from my overclocked 1045t to an overclocked 2600k (~$400) made a small improvement that was nowhere near the price tag. Intel is generally better than AMD and if someone is buying new and has the budget, I will recommend Intel over AMD.

But if you already have time and money invested in a decent AMD CPU/MB, it's not worth it to dump that investment and then dump even more money into an Intel CPU/MB.


I recommend a second video card and PSU upgrade. Or just a better card by itself, if you can't find a match, and a better PSU. You will get much more noticeable results (gaming) for your money.


September 20, 2012 2:32:07 AM

Z1NONLY said:
I just upgraded from an overclocked 1045t @ 3.4 Ghz, to av overclocked 2600k @4Ghz.

Adding a second GTX 560 (~$140) in SLI made a HUGE improvement in my games.

Upgrading from my overclocked 1045t to an overclocked 2600k (~$400) made a small improvement that was nowhere near the price tag. Intel is generally better than AMD and if someone is buying new and has the budget, I will recommend Intel over AMD.

But if you already have time and money invested in a decent AMD CPU/MB, it's not worth it to dump that investment and then dump even more money into an Intel CPU/MB.


I recommend a second video card and PSU upgrade. Or just a better card by itself, if you can't find a match, and a better PSU. You will get much more noticeable results (gaming) for your money.



I would need a new mobo to overclock my CPU. Also a new motherboard for another graphics card. Right now I have a Radeon 7850. My cpu speeds arent good at all which makes games like Battlefield 3 on Caspian Border hard to play with good framerates. Also to take account, I am on a 1366*768 resolution which requires more CPU power than higher resolutions. Thats basically why I would want to upgrade with a whole new motherboard, cpu, and psu.
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