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August 16, 2012 2:09:20 PM

So I'm upgrading my system, and I'm wondering a few things. Here's what I've picked out.

MSI 990FXA-GD80V2 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Model #:990FXA-GD80V2
Item #:N82E16813130649

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video ...
Model #:01G-P3-1561-AR
Item #:N82E16814130604

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
Model #:HDZ965FBGMBOX
Item #:N82E16819103727

Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model BLT2KIT4G3D1869DT2TXRG
Model #:BLT2KIT4G3D1869DT2T
Item #:N82E16820148555

I already have all other parts needed, what I'm wondering is; Will I need an aftermarket heat sink and, will I need more than 550 watts to run this? I'm also wondering if I'm missing anything with the pieces I've picked, outside of case, HDD, dvd-rom...

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August 16, 2012 4:39:54 PM

550 Watts should be enough. I would go with that. Just see that it is a good brand and that it is 80 Plus certified.
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August 16, 2012 4:54:59 PM

To answer your questions:

550 watt PSU will be enough; make sure you have good quality brand like corsair, seasonic, roswell

If you are going to overclock that phenom II, get something like this
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO $34
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master TPC 812 RR-T812-24PK $69
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 16, 2012 11:09:56 PM

The 550W PSU I have is from Ultra. Model: ult-x2550p - I don't have all the optional cabling for it. I wonder, should I get something else? a lower wattage PSU? If so, I'd like to not spend over $50 on it, if possible. I should note I've been runnign that 550W for about a year or two now with no problems.

Also: I'm not planning on overclocking the Phenom right away. I was just curious if it would need an after market heat sink. I know I got my wife a quad-core intel for a lga 775 slot, and at stock settings, it overheated with the stock heat sink. I ended up getting a thermaltake after market heatsink for it, which works fine.
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August 24, 2012 12:37:38 AM

Best answer selected by cinaeth.
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