APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before January 1st, 2013, less than $200 after before rebate
USAGE: Budget/Mid-range Gaming (DotA, Civ V, Far Cry III, Elder Scrolls V, older games)
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply, XFX GeForce 8600 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz (4th core unlocked =D), MoBo: BIOSTAR A880GZ AM3+ AMD 880G, 2x Western Digital Caviar GP WD5000AACS 500GB 7200RPM, G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600), 2x 80mm case fans
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Hey everyone, I'm doing a minor (see: long needed) system update. The PSU is less than a year old, so I'd like to keep it if at all possible, but my monitor is on the fritz and my wonderful little 8600 GT (that I've had for...4 and a half years now) is finally starting to show its age. I'm upgrading to a 1680x1050 monitor, and I'm considering my GPU options. I've got two basic questions here:
-First, if I decide to go up to my budget limit and splurge on a Radeon 7850 (which claims to require a 500w PSU), will my Antec 450w'er be able to handle it? I've see the maximum wattage draw on the 7850 and I'm not going to be running many other components, so I'm guessing it'll work but I'm not sure.
-Second, if the 7850 doesn't work out, should I go with a GTX 650 Ti, or save myself that extra 30 bucks and go with a 7770? Thanks for the help!
im having this problem myself newegg has a decent corsair 600 watt psu for like 60-70 bucks or so id spend the extra to get it if your gonna get a 7850 anything under the 500watt range and your gonna have problems
Fully loaded, these gaming-oriented rigs still sip power relative to what we'll likely see during the rest of this quarter's System Builder Marathon. Even if we estimate 85% efficiency, our 400 W power supply is only being asked to output 184 W at peak load.
Your Athlon chip will draw more power than the i5 (if it is 95 tdi, then about 25 watts more), but you should still be fine with the Antec 450. Congrats on unlocking the 4th core btw; nothing like getting more performance for free.