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Is my PSU enough?

By koloss
Jul 18, 2013
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  1. Im upgrading from Geforce G210 to EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti and im a bit concered about the power
    so I have a 500W PSU and my computer parts are
    CPU:Intel core 2 duo E8400
    motherboard:ASRock G41C-S
    HDD:WD WD5000AAKX
    RAM:2*2GB


    thanks
     
  2. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,035   +914

    500W is enough. Your CPU may bottleneck the card though.
     
  3. koloss

    koloss TS Rookie Topic Starter

    do you know any good CPU that's compatible with my motherboard
     
  4. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,035   +914

    There are, but I recommend just getting a whole new modern platform. Your price range will determine what we can do. I can easily recommend a better CPU that fits your motherboard, but the better decision will be to get a more modern platform.
     
  5. koloss

    koloss TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well I will get a modern platform eventually, but I'm just gonna use what I have with the new GPU for gaming until I have enough money to buy an alienware
     
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,137   +1,527

    If you don't mind spending another 50 to 75 bucks, you could get a Core2 Quad. Keep your eyes open in the market, and you will eventually find a quad for less than $50. Watch for respected sellers though, don't take chances with unknown sources if they don't have a good reputation. In the long run I agree with JC713 on getting newer platform.

    Any Core2 Quad will practically double the performance value over Core2 Duo. I wouldn't bother with Q6600/Q6700, they are the oldest and run at a slower front side bus frequency. If you can't find a Q9000 series, go for a Q8000 series. Remember to use new thermal compound if you decide to switch CPU's.

    Here is a Core2 Quad Q8200 for $45.77 currently on eBay.
     
  7. cubanoking

    cubanoking TS Rookie

    Hey Koloss, thats a sweet card upgrade...should help a bunch for your games. Any 400W or higher PSU with 25 amps on the +12v rail should be enough to power that system. Depends on what games u playing when comes down to this Quad/Dual Core debate, but if it was me I'd jam that video card in and get to playing...:)
     
  8. koloss

    koloss TS Rookie Topic Starter

    OK I am going to buy the GPU and leave the CPU issue for later thanks for every one who helped me (y)
     
  9. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,035   +914

    You should get a Core 2 Quad like Clifford said. The GPU is weak enough that it wont be bottlenecked that badly.

    As for saving up, I dont think you should get an alienware. Alienwares are overpriced, have horrible cooling, and have weak components that cant justify the price tag. It is your choice in the end though.
     
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  10. koloss

    koloss TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well I was thinking about buying components and making a computer then I saw all those sweet Alienwares with the awesome specifications so I thought to myself to save more money so I can buy a computer which is from a company a save the trouble of making one
     
  11. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +99

    Alienware computers are massively overpriced in comparison to building one yourself. Save the cash and purchase components to create one yourself -- learning how to build your own computer will make you far more self-reliant with the skills you learn doing so.
     
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