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Upgrading Power Supply So I Can Upgrade Graphics Card

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October 23, 2012 6:23:24 AM

So I don't know anything about building/upgrading computers ( but I am in Computer Engineering so I am not technologically impaired) so I am looking for some advice. Here is the deal:

My Current System:
- Bought for $500 from Futureshop 7 months ago.
- 4 GB Ram
- i3-2120 3.30GHz
- On Board Intel HD Graphics
- 300W power supply
- 2 Free PCI-e slots

The next computer that I get, I plan on building myself. However, I don't plan on doing that anytime soon. Not until at least summer break in 6-7 months. However, I want to do some gaming right now so I am thinking about getting a dedicated graphics card that I will continue using when I build my computer later. However, the graphics cards that I am looking for ($130 range) usually require 400W+ power supply. So basically, what I think I am supposed to do right now is get a newer, stronger power supply (that I will also continue using for my comp that I will build later) so that I can upgrade my graphics card. Right?

Questions:
1) Is there anything here in terms of hardware imbalance? Graphics Card VS Processor VS Ram etc.
2) Will there be any complications later when I build my computer if I buy the graphics card and power supply now instead of waiting till I am building my computer and can make sure all the parts fit together?
3) How likely is it that a graphics card or power supply wont physically fit in my current system? I don't have any pictures of the internals since I need to get a screwdriver to open the case.

You don't have to answer all my questions at once or any of them at all. Feel free to add any advice you want.

Thanks.
a b B Homebuilt system
a b ) Power supply
a c 190 U Graphics card
October 23, 2012 7:50:15 AM

Just a budget is all we need. Any card should work and perform well if your motherboard has a PCI-E slot. Generally power supplies are universal in size and screwholes.
a b ) Power supply
a b U Graphics card
October 23, 2012 8:07:14 AM

The $130 range leans towards cards that required an additional power connector, so I would aim for at least a quality 500W since you have future expansion planned. I'm an Antec fan myself but there are other good brands as well (OCZ, Seasonic, Rosewill).
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