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Upgrading my PC. PSU, CPU, GPU questions!

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January 9, 2013 12:25:00 PM

I apologies in advance if this is the wrong section, completely new here, but I have retrieved a lot of answers from here via google before, so this seemed like the best place to find people who know what they are talking about.

Anyway, I'm upgrading my PC and need some help, mainly with my PSU. But any extra tips / advice that you could give would be great. (especially if I could shave a few quid off the price!)

My current, average, can just about run starcraft 2 on medium, specs.

Windows 7 64 bit
AMD Athlon(tm) IIx2 250 Processor ~3.0GHz
4GB Ram
NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT
2x500GB hard drives
1920x1080 Monitor
ASUS-M4A78LTM Motherboard www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3/M4A78LTM/#CPUS
(Atleast that's what Crucial Scan told me it was! :sweat: 
550 Watt PSU (picture attached for specifics, the brand name is Colors IT)


Now, I'm doing a relatively big upgrade (although nothing uber top end) to my CPU, GPU and ram. Links below.
GPU: www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-msi-gtx-660-oc-28nm-pcie-30...(x16)-6008mhz-gddr5-gpu-1006mhz-boost-1072mhz-cores-960-dport-dl-dvi
CPU: www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-HDZ965FBGMBOX-Phenom-II-965/dp/B00...
And the RAM will just be some cheap 2x4GB that I'll pick up. (Bringing it to a total of 12GB)

The question at hand is. If I upgrade my GPU/CPU to the ones I've linked, would my PSU be able to supply the power needed? I tried looking it up, but although I know a bit about PC's, I just got lost in all the acronyms and jargon. :( 
If it's not up to the task, then could someone find a good one that is compatible?

Sideline question: Is there something better I could buy for the same or less in terms of price? :love: 

For a benchmark of sorts, I'd be looking to play current titles like Mass Effect 3 / Crysis 2 on highest settings. +/- some graphic settings here and there.

As for my budget. +/- A few £10 for the sake of better hardware is possible.

Thankyou in advance for any replies, sorry for so many questions at once.
I look forward to your help!

Kind regards,
zulixia.
January 9, 2013 12:33:26 PM

I don't trust the brand. It should be more than adequate, but I recommend upgrading to a PSU such as a CX500 from Corsair, to make sure its fine. 30amps on the 12V rail SHOULD be fine, but whether its actually outputting that or its just lying, is another factor.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMPSU-500CXV2UK-Builder...

This should be more than adequate.

If you can afford it, get
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-msi-gtx-660-twin-fro...(x16)-6008mhz-gddr5-gpu-1033mhz-boost-1098mhz-cores-9

its a pretty good deal for the UK.

October 21, 2013 12:25:16 AM

You are going to upgrade gpu,cpu,psu?
Amd Phenom II X4 965: the cpu which you are going to buy has 4 cores,3.4 ghz clock speed....
Link for the cpu:http://www.flipkart.com/amd-3-4-ghz-am3-phenom-ii-965-p...
gtx 660 oc , its a great gpu go for it's a great product
2 GB GDDR5 Memory PCI-E 3.0 Bus Standard NVIDIA 3D Vision Support NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 NVIDIA SLI Support 1006 MHz GPU Clock Speed 2560 x 1600 Maximum Resolution,,,
Link for this:http://www.flipkart.com/msi-nvidia-n660-2gd5-oc-2-gb-gd...
another great gpu at this costs.
Gigabyte AMD/ATI GV-R7870OC-2GD 2 GB GDDR5... Its really good product....
2560 x 1600 Maximum Digital Resolution
1100 Mhz Clock Speed
500 W Power Supply Required AMD/ATI Radeon HD 7870 Crossfire Support 2 GB GDDR5 Memory PCI-E 3.0 Bus Std...
Check it on amazon,unavailable on flipkart.......
And talking about the PSU you will surely need to buy a powerful psu of you take these gpu,cpu...... Yes the graphic card need 500w of minimum.....
Go for
Corsair VS650 650 Watt PSU:
85 % Efficiency
650 W Power Output
200 - 240 Vac Input Voltage
ATX 12V v2.31
1 x 12V Power Rail
100000 hours MTBF
Really its a good psu for the combinaton...
Link for this:http://www.flipkart.com/corsair-vs650-650-watt-psu/p/it...
alternate psu..
Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2UK 750 Watts PSU: this one also good one but its expensive
link for this one : http://www.flipkart.com/corsair-cmpsu-750txv2uk-750-wat...
if you increase your budget then this is not bad..
But its expensive... So choice is yours ,go for the Corsair VS650 650 Watt PSU good one according o the budget....
Hope the answer was helpfull...
October 30, 2013 6:55:41 AM

PC has been all built. Turns out I bought the parts 2 weeks early, everything I bought went down in price and could have saved me about £100. :( 
Oh well, I'm happy with my new PC now that I can actually run more than counter strike source.
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