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Power supply and video card recommendations

By InkLill
Dec 6, 2010
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  1. I was recently passed down my first desktop: a crappy old HP Pavilion 6200n. I am big into PC gaming but am fed up with having to use a shared, slow computer or my terrible laptop.
    I am planning on beefing up this system instead of starting all over with a new one. I am upgrading to a NZXT Tempest Evo case, and the first things I will do is new RAM, a video card, and a power supply.
    I want to upgrade the power supply first. Right now I am using a stock power supply, only 250W. A cheap quality powersupply, around 400-600W (enough to support a midrange video card) is what I am looking for, preferably no more than $100USD. Suggestions?
    I am also looking for a good gaming video card...I dont need any fance SLI or crossfire or whatever it is...but something with at least one HDMI output and capable of supporting 2-3 monitors.
    If you need any extra specs just tell me specifically what you need and Ill post them.
     
  2. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +99

    Before you do anything, what CPU does it use?

    Will be pointless even considering a new midrange GPU if your CPU is just going to bottleneck.
     
  3. InkLill

    InkLill TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    CPU Specs

    It is (according to system properties and the side of the case):
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 DUal Core Processor 5000+
    clocked at 2.6 GHz
     
  4. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,177

  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,377   +127

    Tough call, but I'm thinking the best you can do while supporting that many monitors is a Antec Earthwatts 380D and a 5670 or so.
     
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    What's your total budget for everything?
     


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