Recommend a PSU and GPU please

Need help choosing a GPU and PSU -

1. For the PSU Is 600W about right?
2. Help needed for GPU. I mainly play Dota 2, so I was thinking of buying a ~$100 card, and upgrading in two years. Or should I buy a ~$200 card now (ie HD 7850 or the new GTX 660)?
3. Would a new LED monitor provide an advantage over my samsung tv/monitor?


Approximate Purchase Date: 9/18/12

Budget Range for PSU + GPU: $250-300 USD ; After Rebates, After shipping

System usage from most to least important: gaming, photo editing, watching movies, surfing the internet

Buying monitor: possibly (using old Samsung TV/monitor 23inch 1920x1080)


Just bought these:

CPU: Intel i5 2500K
http://www.microcenter.com/product/354589/Core_i5_2500K_LGA_1155_Boxed_Processor

CPU cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128543

RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546


Parts being reused:

WD Blue WD5000AAKS IM 500GB
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applica [...] No=3655588


Need to buy OS: probably

Preferred website: newegg.com, amazon.com

Location: Orange county, CA


Overclocking: yes

SLI/crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC, and games played: Dota 2 (valve), starcraft II, possibly Crysis, Battlefield 3. Using: Adobe Photoshop

Why I am upgrading: having trouble running Dota 2, and other newer generation games

Current configuration: radeon HD 4650, and processors+mobo+ram+hd as stated above
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More about recommend please
  1. I would look at this combination

    PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371051

    GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131464

    I would recommend having the extra bit of wattage on the power supply because you never know when you'll need it!

    You can also have a look at the following article.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html

    I find it very handy when I'm looking for a new graphics card
  2. i think i'll take the advice and buy the HD radeon 7850. However, for the PSU, I noticed that th PSU I bought 3 years ago is still popular. Should I attempt to reuse it? Or just buy a new PSU?

    It was the

    Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-182-032&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo


    I'm afraid that this power supply would have worn out capacitors after the years of use - meaning that it would possibly have a problem supplying power to the i5 and the HD radeon 7850, along with a couple other things (HD, card reader, SSD).
  3. and also you guys think the HD 7850 is a better card and/or deal than the GTX 660?
  4. The 7850 should be around the same as the 660. I'd get the 7850 though since it should be $50 or more cheaper.
  5. kcehnangy said:
    and also you guys think the HD 7850 is a better card and/or deal than the GTX 660?
    how much is the 660?It's better than a 7850 but cost allot more doesn't it ? what is your monitor res?
  6. He is talking about the 660, not the 660ti. The 660 isn't out yet. I believe it is due out in October.
  7. kcehnangy said:
    i think i'll take the advice and buy the HD radeon 7850. However, for the PSU, I noticed that th PSU I bought 3 years ago is still popular. Should I attempt to reuse it? Or just buy a new PSU?

    It was the

    Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-182-032&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo


    I'm afraid that this power supply would have worn out capacitors after the years of use - meaning that it would possibly have a problem supplying power to the i5 and the HD radeon 7850, along with a couple other things (HD, card reader, SSD).
    i wouldn't use that psu but it's up to you
  8. azeem40 said:
    He is talking about the 660, not the 660ti. The 660 isn't out yet. I believe it is due out in October.
    oh o.k. :)
  9. bigcyco1 said:
    i wouldn't use that psu but it's up to you

    That PSU outputs the wattage provided by its 12v rail.
  10. azeem40 said:
    That PSU outputs the wattage provided by its 12v rail.
    He said it's 3 years old though do you think it still acceptable?
  11. Unless he has put it through a high load, yes.
  12. o.k.
  13. azeem40 said:
    He is talking about the 660, not the 660ti. The 660 isn't out yet. I believe it is due out in October.



    No the regular gtx 660 is out

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=gtx+660&x=0&y=0
  14. My bad lol.
  15. From www.anandtech.com/show/6276/nvidia-geforce-gtx-660-review-gk106-rounds-out-the-kepler-family/ definitely get the 660. It outperforms the 7850 OCed when OCed by a lot in BF3, but not so much in Skyrim. With that, get a 520W Antec NEO ECO.
  16. azeem40 said:
    From www.anandtech.com/show/6276/nvidia-geforce-gtx-660-review-gk106-rounds-out-the-kepler-family/ definitely get the 660. It outperforms the 7850 OCed when OCed by a lot in BF3, but not so much in Skyrim. With that, get a 520W Antec NEO ECO.
    +1 :D
  17. bigcyco1 said:
    +1 :D



    ok thanks guys. those have been very helpful responses.

    GPU: i will look into getting the GTX 660 then. funny thing is the scores for the GTX 660 are better on Anandtech then on THD. I assume they're using different brand names.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6276/nvidia-geforce-gtx-660-review-gk106-rounds-out-the-kepler-family/10
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-geforce-gtx-650-benchmark,3297-7.html


    PSU: I will be buying a new PSU. I am planning to buy the Antec NEO ECO 520W, but am wondering why it would be better than these 2 which have been previously recommended. Or is it just personal preference and the fact I don't need SLI support?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-182-068&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371035&cm_re=antec_earthwatts-_-17-371-035-_-Product
  18. Quick question, why did you pair Sandy Bridge with a Z77 board?
  19. jstanley11 said:
    Quick question, why did you pair Sandy Bridge with a Z77 board?


    Mainly just cause of price. They were running a promo on newegg for the z77 boards. got the sandy bridge cause it was cheaper and overclocks better than the ivy bridge (runs cooler and has more overhead space from what I have heard). IB has pcie 3.0 support though, which could matter in the future for GPUs...

    but i don't know, should i have gotten the ivy bridge for $30 more? the prices at microcenter are SB- $160 and IB - $190.
  20. Nah, its not a huge difference, especially because SB OC's better. I just thought that it was interesting that's all. At micro center, if you pair IB and a Z77 board you get $50 off the board btw.
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