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February 12, 2013 1:04:38 PM

As the title states this is my first build from scratch.

Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition with 4 120mm fans (2x120mm 1 Front and 1 Bottom Intake, 2x 120mm 1 Top and 1 Back Outtake)
Mobo/CPU: MSI 760gm-p23 with an AMD Phenom II x6 w/ stock heatsink
RAM: Single Kingston HyperX Red KHX16C10B1R/8 8GB Memory Module
PSU: Ultra LSP 750 Watt
Graphics Card: MSI R6770-MD1GD5 (Currently Overclocked with Auto-tune only do to lack of experience with OCing)

Now for why i have come here:

I am looking to upgrade the video card, looking at an MSI HD7850 Twin Frozr III OC 2GB currently, and my question is will the MOBO support it, and is the PSU sufficient, with possible overclocking involved later.

Use my rig primarily for gaming (GW2, Planetside 2, Shogun 2, just to name a few games I am currently playing)

P.S AS I am sure the question will come up no plans to OC the CPU yet, but may at a later date once I better understand the process.

Thank you in advance

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February 12, 2013 1:07:49 PM

P.S.S Forgot OS

Win7 Home 64bit
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February 12, 2013 1:14:33 PM

There are a few concerns here. Get 2x4GB RAM modules to utilize dual channel. The PSU is not a reliable one. If you are going to get an X6, you might as well get the FX-6300 if the price is not a steal. What is your budget and country and I can make some suggestions?
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February 12, 2013 1:16:59 PM

No real budget, id like to keep it under 250 if possible, USA
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February 12, 2013 1:20:19 PM

Blizzax said:
No real budget, id like to keep it under 250 if possible, USA


So the list at the top, in your first post, you already have those? You are just looking for GPU?
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February 12, 2013 1:21:55 PM

Correct, just realized my OP wasn't very clear on that, yes i have all those parts currently, as far as the ram goes, would it not be better to pick up a second stick of 8gb or no?
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February 12, 2013 1:26:07 PM

Blizzax said:
Correct, just realized my OP wasn't very clear on that, yes i have all those parts currently, as far as the ram goes, would it not be better to pick up a second stick of 8gb or no?


If you can stretch $259.99 before rebates, get this tehiti le 7870 XT. Check out the review here on Tom's

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $244.99

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/tahiti-le-7870-7930-benchmark,3401.html
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February 12, 2013 1:34:02 PM

Seems like a solid GPU thank you for the suggestion, now as far as the PSU goes, I'm still within my return date timeline, is it unreliable to the point i should be worried about frying something?
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February 12, 2013 1:55:16 PM

Blizzax said:
Seems like a solid GPU thank you for the suggestion, now as far as the PSU goes, I'm still within my return date timeline, is it unreliable to the point i should be worried about frying something?


Yes. I wouldn't take any chances with the PSU. IMO, it is the most important component of the PC not to go cheap on. You could also downgrade it to somethig around 550W if you are not planning on CrossFire in the future. Go with SeaSonic, XFX, Antec, Corsair (TX models), PC Power & Cooling, or FSP.

Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($98.98 @ SuperBiiz)

or

Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.99 @ Amazon)
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February 12, 2013 2:11:32 PM

Well then, seems I will be coming here from now on before I i start buying parts, thank you very much for the advice. Be taking a walk down to Tiger today to return PSU.
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February 12, 2013 2:58:03 PM

No problem. If you have anymore questions/concerns, just PM me.
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