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Old 09-13-2010, 09:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What's up people?
I need a new GPU and a PSU. My current GPU is Ati Radeon x1550, which is too bad for gaming, And my power supply is too noisy and I can't find anyone to locally do a fan replace for me ( Well, I wouldn't want to take the risk of doing it myself, not only I could destroy the PSU, but also kill myself by electric shocking )
So I've had my eyes on a GPU for 150$, and I found GTS 250. Looks good and my friend has one and he says it's awesome, but problem is, my motherboard ( 945PL-S3P Gigabyte ) has a PCI-E 1.0 x16 port, not a PCI-E 2.0 x16 and that GPU is 2.0. Will I see any down performance than a mobo with 2.0 port?
Last, can anyone recommend me a brand and number of wattage which will power up this system well:
CPU :E8400 3.00 GHz, oc'd from 2.40 GHz to 3.00 GHz as my motherboard doesn't support that power unless I oc it.
GPU :Gts 250
Hdd : 1 x 250 GB Sata hdd, 1 x 160 GB IDE hdd
Fans : 1x Case fan, 1x CPU fan, ?x GPU fans ( Still don't know if that GPU has 1 or 2 fans )
Motherboard : Gigabyte 945PL-S3P Bios version F6a
Ram : 2x2 GB DDR2 ram ( I think they're clocked at 333.5 MHz, not sure ).
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You won't see any downgrade, loss performance or anything with a PCI-e 1.0 slot.

Your sydstem will easily run on a 500ish Watt psu.
As for a psu, I always say, for this level of psu, start at a 85-90 dollar range before rebates. Look for at least a bronze rating, means 80% for 20-85% loaded. Better color better rating, but more costly.
Look for brands like Corsair, SeaSonic, Silverstone, OCZ, Antec. These are the good reliable brands.

However, though I said 500, I'd look more at 6-650 as psus can last a few upgrades, so might as well get a bit larger size now so it can last longer... Interms of upgrades. If you ever think of sli/xfire, though your board doesn't support it, I'd go to a 700 due to the 4 pci-e plugs usually needed now, weith newer cards.
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85-90 dollars? That's more than I expected... I thought I could get a 500W PSU for like 50$, or at least I saw that on newegg.
Maybe I'd look for a high power PSU as you said so that I can get future upgrades too.
But how long do you think will my system still go good gaming? I have only 17'' monitor so max res is 1280*1024, I wanna play games at that res. and with all graphics settings max if possible. Will my build do that?
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looks like your total budget is about $200 USD?
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
XFX Core Edition GS250XYSL4 GeForce GTS 250 512MB
better power supply, weaker video card.

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W
HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB
worse power supply, better video card.
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Thats BEFORE discounts... You can find them at the 50 dollar zone with rebates etcs...

Here you go, like this... 90 down to 59.99, with mir is $39.99
Newegg.com - OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7

Theres many great deals on good psus after rebates.
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looks like your total budget is about $200 USD?
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
XFX Core Edition GS250XYSL4 GeForce GTS 250 512MB
better power supply, weaker video card.

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W
HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB
worse power supply, better video card.
second option is better.

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