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Old 04-16-2010, 01:48 AM   #1
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So my friend is upgrading his PC and asked me to help. $300 is what he has to spend.

He has the fallowing mobo, ASUS P5BW-LA (Basswood). He needs new GPU, PSU and case his current PSU is only 300W. He told me that he wants to get the fallowing GPU, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-292-_-Product Can you recomend something better for that money?What recommendations you guys have for the PSU? If any money is left he also asked for some RAM upgrade, he has 2GB.

Main PC role is Gaming.

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Old 04-16-2010, 01:57 AM   #2
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Whoah, why does he want that video card? The MSI R5770Hawk would cost about the same, perform better, and overclocks like a beast. It also has DX11 and better crossfire scaling, among other benefits.

For that, he really would not need a lot of power, and would be just fine with something like a 400-500w antec PSU (I'll post links in a min) and then you could use the leftover money to buy extra RAM.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...550W%20corsair

with that psu an the GPU u posted or the 5770 foothead mentioned, thats almost his 300$, and would be a good upgrade if his Proc can handle it.

and he could get 2 more gigs, just make sure there the same exact ram as the original.
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I would get this PSU for that rig. It should be plenty of power, and they are supposed to be extremely reliable. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-004-_-Product

Here is the link for the MSI R5770 Hawk: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...k=r5770%20hawk

This leaves you $75 for RAM. It does not need to be the same RAM, but the specs should be the same.
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This leaves you $75 for RAM. It does not need to be the same RAM, but the specs should be the same.
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wouldnt that make it the same ram? lol
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Not necessarily. It should have the same clock speed, timings, and voltage, or else things tend to get kinda screwy.

Typically, there is more than one model with the same specs, so I would just buy whichever is cheapest, unless it's from some POS manufacturer, or you are planning to overclock it.
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Thanks for quick replies guys. The MSI R5770Hawk looks good, someone told him that the other card was also good and he just wants to be sure he is getting a better deal on the MSI one. I gave him a link to this post so he could read as well.

After some quick evaluation i think he decided to add a new case to the equation. We found Antec 900 on newegg for ($89.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) but with $300 i don't know if we can pull all of that. He is not stressing the RAM issue that much so that can be eliminated. Unless there is a good RAM for $30 that could be added, i think $330 might be dueble for him.

Case = ?
GPU = ?
PSU = ?
If any money is left need also RAM.

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Get him a Raidmax case.

They are good, cheap, and look awesome. RAM would be doable for $330 too.

I would get this case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811156237 , the R5770 Hawk, and the antec Basiq 500w.

Post RAM specs, and I can help find some that matches.
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He looked at Raidmax and they were nice. He just sad he felt in love with the Antec 900 lol. With that case what would good PSU/MOBO ?

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He looked at Raidmax and they were nice. He just sad he felt in love with the Antec 900 lol. With that case what would good PSU/MOBO ?

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Wait what?

I don't really see any reason to get the antec 900 for a system with these specs. You'd do better spending your money on upgrades that will increase performance.
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