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Budget gaming - which power supply should I get?

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January 25, 2013 6:17:23 AM

So I ordered parts based on an earlier recommendation (http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/378019-31-today-gamin...) , but now my friend says that it will suck as a gaming computer unless I get a video card, and I'll need a power supply with better connectors to get it.

This is what I got: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vdCn
Except I got a different hard drive at the same price. It's some sort of Western Digital 1T drive SATA 6G 64M. I also got a DVD drive, but I'm hoping that won't make any difference with the case I got.

Here's what my friend said re the power supply I got: "Your power supply has one 6-pin PCI-Express power connector (the kind of cable used to send power to a video card). If you were to buy a standalone video card, it would likely need two such connectors -- either two 6-pins or one 6-pin and one 8-pin. You might want to look into trading up a bit"

Which one should I get? I want one that's pretty good quality.
January 25, 2013 7:16:36 AM

Didn't you know that you can buy 6pin extension for psu. Buy that and you'll be golden. Don't listen to your friend on this one. And It'll all fit in that case.
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January 25, 2013 5:53:01 PM

Well I can return the PSU I have and get a better one that has all the necessary connections. Which is the best one to get?

Thanks in advance!
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January 25, 2013 6:25:59 PM

jorgegonzalez said:
Well I can return the PSU I have and get a better one that has all the necessary connections. Which is the best one to get?

Thanks in advance!


Best PSU for a single GPU system would be the Corsair TX650: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 25, 2013 11:22:46 PM

jorgegonzalez said:
So I ordered parts based on an earlier recommendation (http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/378019-31-today-gamin...) , but now my friend says that it will suck as a gaming computer unless I get a video card, and I'll need a power supply with better connectors to get it.

This is what I got: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vdCn
Except I got a different hard drive at the same price. It's some sort of Western Digital 1T drive SATA 6G 64M. I also got a DVD drive, but I'm hoping that won't make any difference with the case I got.

Here's what my friend said re the power supply I got: "Your power supply has one 6-pin PCI-Express power connector (the kind of cable used to send power to a video card). If you were to buy a standalone video card, it would likely need two such connectors -- either two 6-pins or one 6-pin and one 8-pin. You might want to look into trading up a bit"

Which one should I get? I want one that's pretty good quality.


you have yet to say what video card you are looking at and your budget for the PSU. for just about any single video card the corsair CX600 and antec neo eco 620w make very good budget units. The antec has a better internal build but both will do well. If you are able/willing to spend more money both brands offer better units at various price ranges along with other brands such as XFX, pc power and cooling, seasonic, OCZ, etc.,
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February 2, 2013 1:09:58 AM

Best answer selected by jorgegonzalez.
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