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November 14, 2012 6:42:00 PM

Okay, I'm looking for a power supply modular or not, really don't care (not the point). I'm looking for a new one to make a gaming rig out of my old computer, I have an amd athlon II x4 645 3.1ghz and when I see some really good Psu's I would like it usually says compatible with amd phenom and Intel core i3, i5 Etc. So my question is, Can I still use it with my processor (budget 1-90$ for the power supply. Getting a 7950 or 7970 and a cm storm scout case, maybe a new motherboard someother time too... need 'round 590+ watts)
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Graphics: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007581QHG/ref=ox_sc_a...
Case: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00243HHNY/ref=ox_sc_a...
Power supply:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B005E98I0G/ref=d...

Overall budget 'bout $450
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November 14, 2012 6:45:47 PM

Sure even though it states compatible with phenom/i7/i5 it does not mean it is not limited to those processors. Also are you asking us to make sure the parts you have listed above are compatible with each other?
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November 14, 2012 6:47:07 PM

All those parts will work fine together. ATX is ATX and that is the compatibility standard.

Power supplies are pretty much universally compatible. Corsair is a great brand. You don't need 650w to run a single graphic card though -- 500w would be plenty. 650w is really only needed if you were getting two cards.
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November 14, 2012 6:48:35 PM

One other thought -- that beastly new 7950 is going to be slowed down a bit by the old Athlon until you upgrade it. Just so you know.
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November 14, 2012 6:53:18 PM

deadlockedworld said:
One other thought -- that beastly new 7950 is going to be slowed down a bit by the old Athlon until you upgrade it. Just so you know.


Oh, okay what do you recommend? My family usually gets like 5k for tax returns so I could probably get a beast processor... Btw thanks for the info appreciate it.
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November 14, 2012 6:56:23 PM

^ If you really want to start a new build for gaming then I would say for a 3570k and that requires an entirely new motherboard. If you want to keep the motherboard for now I would recommend getting a Phenom II X4 955 Black edition ($80-$90) and overclock that to 4 ghz. Though I would need your motherboard to ensure it works since it has a TDP of 125 watts.

Edit: Should have specified, I don't want to own your motherboard but need the model :lol: 
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November 14, 2012 7:00:34 PM

socialfox said:
Sure even though it states compatible with phenom/i7/i5 it does not mean it is not limited to those processors. Also are you asking us to make sure the parts you have listed above are compatible with each other?


Well, if you could that would help :) 

Motherboard: http://bizsupport1.austin.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport...
Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00243HHNY/ref=ox_sc_a...
GC: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007581QHG/ref=ox_sc_a...
PSU: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Comp...
Hard drive: (not specified but its a 1tb 7200 rpm sata)

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November 14, 2012 7:00:43 PM

NP. Are you asking for advice on rebuilding the rest of the PC?

Offhand I'd say the comparable level of performance to the 7950 you picked out would be $220 on an Intel 3570k, $140 on a motherboard to go with, and $60 on 8gb of 1600 Ram.

Probably worth doing a "new build" post here on Tom's at that time to see what price/product changes happen over the next few months.
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November 14, 2012 7:01:16 PM

Whoops I spent too long typing! Overlapped several of you.
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November 14, 2012 7:02:18 PM

socialfox said:
^ If you really want to start a new build for gaming then I would say for a 3570k and that requires an entirely new motherboard. If you want to keep the motherboard for now I would recommend getting a Phenom II X4 955 Black edition ($80-$90) and overclock that to 4 ghz. Though I would need your motherboard to ensure it works since it has a TDP of 125 watts.

Edit: Should have specified, I don't want to own your motherboard but need the model :lol: 


Sorry :p 
Mother board: http://bizsupport1.austin.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport...
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November 14, 2012 7:03:17 PM

deadlockedworld said:
NP. Are you asking for advice on rebuilding the rest of the PC?

Offhand I'd say the comparable level of performance to the 7950 you picked out would be $220 on an Intel 3570k, $140 on a motherboard to go with, and $60 on 8gb of 1600 Ram.

Probably worth doing a "new build" post here on Tom's at that time to see what price/product changes happen over the next few months.


Thanks for the advice.
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November 14, 2012 7:06:39 PM

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November 14, 2012 7:13:22 PM

Your PSU selection is fine with the video card you picked. The graphics card will also fit into the case (10.6" length of card, 11" room in case).
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