1. Post #1
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    Well, my graphics card died today and I'm looking to upgrade as far as I can without having my processor bottleneck it. Here's my setup so far.

    PSU: 550 Watt with 2 PCI-E connectors
    Processor: E6600 Dual Core 2.4 Ghz
    Old Graphics Card: 8800 GTS 320 MB (only used one connector, but my computer came with a spare)
    RAM: 4 gigs
    OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 32 bit
    Uh... if I left anything out please let me know. I consulted a friend and he suggested an ATI 4870 512 MB, as he said that was as far as I could go without my processor bottlenecking me.

  2. Post #2
    McSanchez's Avatar
    April 2009
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    Yeah I'd go with what your friend said.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131140

    Or for $20ish dollars more you could go for the 1GB version. Your choice bro.

  3. Post #3
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    Buddy friend speaking!

    Thing is his resolution only goes to 1680x1050 so getting the 1GB isn't really that helpful (plus he plays at 1440x900 or less, oddly enough)

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    McSanchez's Avatar
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    Oh wait what brand is your psu bro?

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    S.T.O.R.M's Avatar
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    Plus you have only a 32bit OS and it can't utilise all your ram and has you have the 4gb and then the Graphics ram on top.

  6. Post #6
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    Oh wait what brand is your psu bro?
    This one: http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.c...id=1818&page=1

  7. Post #7
    McSanchez's Avatar
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    That's probably gonna explode. You should get a new one bro.

  8. Post #8
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    Shoot, I already bought it D:

    Edited:

    Just canceled it now, what should I do? Can you link me to the cheapest PSU that would allow me to use a 4870?

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    February 2009
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    What price range are you looking at for this PSU?

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  11. Post #11
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    Will it fit?

    Edited:

    How can you check the size of the PSU?

    Last question, how come it has less voltage than my old one? (or is it just better cooling that matters)

    Edited:

    .-., now I searched for it on a separate site, it only has one PCI-E connector. A 4870 needs two?

  12. Post #12
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    Will it fit?

    Edited:

    How can you check the size of the PSU?

    Last question, how come it has less voltage than my old one? (or is it just better cooling that matters)

    Edited:

    .-., now I searched for it on a separate site, it only has one PCI-E connector. A 4870 needs two?
    It'll fit. It has the same voltage lol. And the graphics card comes with a molex to pci-e converter to its good bro.

  13. Post #13
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    what's your budget?

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    It'll fit. It has the same voltage lol. And the graphics card comes with a molex to pci-e converter to its good bro.
    The graphics card you linked him does not come with a molex to 6 pin connector.

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    D: Please, someone guide me in the right direction. Thanks Sanchez for trying to help though.
    My budget is ~200.

  16. Post #16
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    The graphics card you linked him does not come with a molex to 6 pin connector.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812887001

    there you go bro

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    What are molex connectors for? How do I know I won't need one for something else ?

  18. Post #18
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    The PSUs got 5 molex connectors, you'll still have 3 left bro.

  19. Post #19
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    Yea, but what are they for? And also, it has one PCI-E connector - that means I can use that, then use a molex, and I would have 4? Not 3?

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    McSanchez's Avatar
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    They're for like DVD drives n stuff bro

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    It'll fit. It has the same voltage lol. And the graphics card comes with a molex to pci-e converter to its good bro.
    Uhm, it says it's 500 watts? Mine is 550.

  22. Post #22
    McSanchez's Avatar
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    Uhm, it says it's 500 watts? Mine is 550.
    Wattage and voltage are different bro.

    Edited:

    Wattage is work/time or joules/second and voltage is a measure of electric potential difference bro

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    PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703015
    GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814129113

    Okay, so it's couple bucks overbudget but it's not like it matters anyway to you. Also that PC Power and Cooling is good stuff, so in the end it's worth it. Plus there's only 1 +12V rail which will greatly help when you build your computer.

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    PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703015
    GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814129113

    Okay, so it's couple bucks overbudget but it's not like it matters anyway to you. Also that PC Power and Cooling is good stuff, so in the end it's worth it. Plus there's only 1 +12V rail which will greatly help when you build your computer.
    That's expensive for only a 500 watt. My 700OCZ was $80.

  25. Post #25
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    Okay, I purchased the graphics card linked from space dooky (the one linked by McSanchez is cheaper, does it make a difference? I thought I'd just play it safe)

    I'm skeptical about the PSU. Which one do I get? Can I get a better deal?

  26. Post #26
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    Wattage and voltage are different bro.

    Edited:

    Wattage is work/time or joules/second and voltage is a measure of electric potential difference bro
    no

    Watts is derived from the Amperage flowing at the voltage

    10A @ 12V = 120 Watts

    10A @ 240V = 2400 Watts

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    no

    Watts is derived from the Amperage flowing at the voltage

    10A @ 12V = 120 Watts

    10A @ 240V = 2400 Watts
    Bro one watt = one joule / second. You can also calculate the wattage of an electric circuit by multiplying the current and voltage.

  28. Post #28
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    Okay, I purchased the graphics card linked from space dooky (the one linked by McSanchez is cheaper, does it make a difference? I thought I'd just play it safe)

    I'm skeptical about the PSU. Which one do I get? Can I get a better deal?
    Just kidding. Canceled my order again. Now, two questions:
    1. Should I get the GPU that spacedooky linked me or the one McSanchez linked me?
    2. What PSU could I get?

  29. Post #29
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    Get the GPU i linked before and the PSU i linked and get the molex adaptor.

  30. Post #30
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    Last thing I have two hard drives (500 GB, 2x 250 GB). I'm covered, right?

  31. Post #31
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    Yep.

  32. Post #32
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    Shoot, I already bought it D:

    Edited:

    Just canceled it now, what should I do? Can you link me to the cheapest PSU that would allow me to use a 4870?
    Get a decent PSU, getting cheapest means you are going to get a pile of shit that will probably catch fire, has happened to me before on a system my dad built for me, I was playing half life 1 and boof smoke pouring out the back.

  33. Post #33
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    HEC's work, I mean they don't run cool or quite but they work