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PSU and video card choice

By mcmurphy12
Feb 11, 2011
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  1. Hi everybody!

    I built my first computer a couple of weeks ago and I used an 850 watt PSU and a crappy video card I had already. I am kind of thinking about upgrading to a modular PSU because of the amount of cables with my current PSU. I would also like to upgrade my video card so I can actually play some decent games.

    My current specs are as follows:

    Intel Core i5-2500K
    Asus P8P67 Pro Motherboard
    8 GB G. SKILL Ripjaws X Series RAM
    640 GB Western Digital Hard Drive

    What would you recommend for a PSU and/or a video card? Budget is not a huge issue.

    Thanks!
     
  2. pjamme

    pjamme TS Enthusiast Posts: 208

  3. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Even though budget is not a huge issue, it would certainly help if you gave us a limit.
     
  4. pVk

    pVk TS Rookie Posts: 16

    hey

    tx750
    evga gtx 470

    or xfx 6850
     
  5. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    What resolution do you play at? and what level of graphics do you want to be able to use?
     
  6. mcmurphy12

    mcmurphy12 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 82

    Probably around $400 for the PSU and the video card combined.

    I don't play any games right now because of the card I currently have. In the future, I will probably be playing COD and Crysis for the most part.
     
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    I am a big believer in the HX series from Corsair, excellent Buid quality. This one is more than you need for what you have in that system, but will afford future upgrades. so you could very well use this one.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012

    Otherwise..

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150523&cm_re=hd_6950-_-14-150-523-_-Product

    Both PSU's are modular and use the flat ribbon cables.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Image...VER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    This would give you power for a second card for CF, and all the OC'ing headroom you want.
    The 6950 will afford you 1920 x 1080 with graphic details on high.

    Hope that was of some help :)
     
  8. mcmurphy12

    mcmurphy12 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 82

    I was looking at the Corsair PSU's so maybe I do know what to choose! Ha.

    My motherboard does not have a PCIe 2.1 x16. It only has a PCIe 2.0 x16. Would the card still work with that?
     
  9. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    +1 red.

    The HD 6950 coupled with the Corsair HX750 would be the perfect pick (though it probably comes to $10 above the OP's budget).

    @ red - The HD 6950 1GB and 2GB versions are pretty closely priced. Which would make a better buy?
     
  10. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    I would say the 1GB unless your going to go 2560 x 1600
     

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