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Old 03-30-2008, 05:11 PM   #1
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Hello everyone this is another spec my brother uses I plan to upgrade him.

I am buying these 3 items the budget is 200 USD and its mainly a upgrade from a old 939 socket to a am2 board.

Now the items he is upgrading are these 3
Motherboard
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&sku=S458-1302

Ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820211188

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103776

He uses a PSU my sister uses in fact its a
430 Wat Thermeltake PSU
Link to it
http://www.thermaltake.com/product/P...70/w006970.asp

My question is can the PSU handle these items? If so then read below.



Then can it handle this for a GPU (a future upgrade when he gets the cash)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130334

He wants that instead of his 7900GS but I dunno if a 430wat PSU will be able to handle it. If so what would be a good PSU to go for?
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Old 03-30-2008, 05:46 PM   #2
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It's recommended to have a power supply of atleast 450W or more if you want to use the 9600GT, so, the 3 items that you're purchasing right now will work fine with the 430W psu, but if you plan on upgrading the video card any time soon, you'll have to consider factoring in the cost of a new power supply as well.
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Old 03-30-2008, 05:51 PM   #3
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I figured so...he bought that PSU a long time ago. Would it still be able to run his 7900GS or my spare evga 7600GT 256mb? Along with the new hardware that is.

Also a buddy has a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130290 he would let me borrow for the time being since he upgraded to some 1gb GPU (f***** nuts)

Would class 8 cards also require a 450wat minimum PSU?
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Default Re: Upgrade Single to AMD X2

Generally most 8600GT are recommended to have at least a 350W PSU with 22A 12V rail.

The 8800GT and 9600GT both need at least a 400W with 26A on the 12V rail.

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I figured well least he will have something to look forward to on the GPU
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Old 03-30-2008, 10:42 PM   #6
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I would also recommend getting a better processor. It does not cost that much more to go straight to 5600+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103771

Only like $50 more or go for like the 6000+ for $80 more. Upgrading to one of those will make a huge difference over the 4400+ (I did same upgrade and I ended up not liking the difference in power until I went to the 6000+)
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I recommend the 5000+ X2 black edition: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103194 Only $84 and can overclock to 6400+ X2 speeds.

And you will need a new PSU, your current one only has 18A on the 12V rail.
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I know there are better but it comes down to what he can afford he had to buy a new case and psu.

How is this for a PSU?
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...557&CatId=1483

He is looking at a class 8-9 nvidia GPU no SLI.
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