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Can my PSU handle upgrades?

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February 24, 2013 3:47:47 PM


I've got an Antech Earthwatts 650W PSU that I got when I built this system (in sig) closing on 4 years ago now..

I'm wondering if it would handle upgrading to a FX-6100, AM3+ Motherboard, a single HD7850, and perhaps a 16gb set of 1600 RAM.

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February 24, 2013 3:52:36 PM

You've got a lot of room for upgrades.

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February 24, 2013 3:53:33 PM

That 650W PSU is more than enough for that upgrade. You could even have a 550W PSU with it. But the 650W PSU is great for your system granted you stay at stock speeds on the CPU and GPU.
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February 24, 2013 5:32:20 PM


Also, what do you think of my upgrade options? Here's what I'm thinking...

HD7850 2GB, XFX - $170
ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 AM3+ - $70
AMD FX-6300 Vishera - $140

Do you think that'll be a good upgrade that will last a nice while? Now seems like a decent time to upgrade, although I've thought about waiting til next-gen consoles and pc hardware come out to see if prices drop (like the ATI 8 series, etc...)
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February 24, 2013 6:04:30 PM

Yep; those look like good upgrades.
February 24, 2013 6:09:42 PM

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February 24, 2013 6:11:11 PM

If you don't mind overclocking, I would recommend keeping your current CPU. The FX-6300 isn't worth upgrading to if you've already got an FX-6100 and don't mind overclocking it.
February 24, 2013 11:58:42 PM

I actually have a Phenom II X3 720.

I mentioned the 6100 first, but think I'd rather go for the 6300.
February 25, 2013 12:01:17 AM

definitely more than enough. and yes, get the FX-6300 over the FX-6100