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Upgrading PC need motherboard advice

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February 24, 2013 10:12:58 PM

So anyway as title says i'm upgrading my PC from a Phenom II 980 (because the blasted thing is struggling majorly with a lot of games that i have and seems to be going downhill) to a Intel I5 3570, I already have most of the other parts for it as i'm going to cannibalize my old PC and already have a new copy of windows, But what i can't figure out is if its worth getting a 3.0 motherboard or not for my 7870 and was hoping someone would have some insight into it.

Only thing i plan to do is game and i'm planing to pick up a second 7870 in a few months here, Also going to use twin HDDs, and a single blueray burner.

Oh one other thing i'm mildy concerned that my PSU wont be enough for the new setup i'm currently rocking this thing

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply


ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V
100 - 240 V
80 PLUS Certified

But i'm not sure it will hold up to an ivy bridge +7870, I know it will need to be upgraded when i crossfire but i'm wondering if for now it will be fine.


Thanks again for any help you can offer
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February 24, 2013 10:43:57 PM

600w is more than enough for that setup no problem at all.

500w would be plenty.

OCZ isn't the best PSU company but it should be fine.
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February 24, 2013 11:02:21 PM

tiny voices said:
600w is more than enough for that setup no problem at all.

500w would be plenty.

OCZ isn't the best PSU company but it should be fine.



Well the PSU was on sale for $25 when i got it, Was a good deal for what i got

realchaos said:
For a single card, the psu will be fine. Once you grab the 2nd 7870, you better upgrade unless you want your pc to die. A lot of motherboards have pci 3.0 now a days. Since you're getting a locked i5, I recommend these motherboards.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z75pro3
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h77m


Alright i'll look into em thanks mate.
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