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Old 06-30-2012, 11:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been out of the hardware loop for a few years, but I am looking at upgrading my Intel Duel Core and Radeon 4850 to a quad and a mid-high video card and some DDR3 RAM. I'm looking to keep it under $500. I've never been great at gauging the necessary watts for a rig, so I'm hoping to get some help there especially. So...

Current:
Intel E8400 Duel Core 3.0 GHz
4 GB DDR2 RAM
610 Watt PSU (Silencer)
ASUS P5QL Pro Motherboard

I'm looking at these for upgrades right now.
Video: XFX Radeon HD 6950 800MHZ 2GB 5.0GHZ DDR5 2xDVI HDMI 2x Mini DisplayPort Fansink PCI-E Video Card - XFX - HD695XCDFC
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Quad Core Processor AM3 3.4GHZ 8MB Cache 125W 45NM Retail Box - AMD - HDZ965FBGMBOX
Mobo: ASUS M4A79XTD Evo ATX AM3 790X DDR3 2XPCI-E16 2XPCI-E 2XPCI CrossFireX SATA Audio GBLAN Motherboard - ASUS - M4A79XTD EVO
RAM: Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9W Vengeance Lowprofile White 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory Kit - Corsair - CML8GX3M2A1600C9W

Let me know what you guys think. I think my PSU can handle the upgrades, but as stated, I've never learned to calculate that out.
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Yha your psu should work. Your card needs 500W.

And it should be a nice upgrade. Though you may want to think about an am3+ board.
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Something like :Gigabyte 970A-D3 AMD970 ATX AM3+ DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI RAID SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard - Gigabyte - GA-970A-D3
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Hopefully someone with more amd knowledge will answer you, as i don't know much about them.

I'd say yes........ but i know nothing
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Either board is fine. If you don't want or plan on going to the FX CPU's then an AM3+ board isn't needed.
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