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Old May 26, 2009, 06:02 PM
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Right now the computer I own is the one I have in my sig. I want to upgrade and eventually take the old components up with new ones essentially building a new one:P. SO! First off I think I should upgrade my psu first. This practical no name gpu is 500w and well it just won't cut it for an upgrade. I would first like to ask what people think would be a good psu. I don't want to spend any more then $150 but I think that is enough for a good 750W psu. And being a teen with no job I can't afford much more:P.

P.S. I Need it to support most graphics cards and I don't plan to use sli any time soon. (yes I am an nvidia kinda person)
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Old May 26, 2009, 06:34 PM
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Instead of upgrading over the long term, it's better to build a whole new computer or upgrade at once.

Depending on how much you want to spend and what you do on the computer, $600 can get you an excellent computer already.

If you're dead set on just upgrading and want to upgrade the PSU first, anything from the big brands like Corsair is good. Check out the Corsair HX520 and the soon-to-be-released HX450.
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Old May 26, 2009, 07:12 PM
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Ok sounds like a good idea i will check it out. See the thing is though this computer works fine and very fast. I don't have a graphics card though and i need that to play my games. The only problem is to get a new graphics card i need to upgrade the psu. then after that I should look into a new hard drive because the one i have is ok but it could be better it isn't sata2. Then i will need to make a large upgrade to a new mobo new ram and hopfully i can keep my old cpu but if i ever want to splurge on an i7 system will have to buy a new cpu. because the pentium D and i7 sockets aren't compatible and i don't think there is such a thing as a socket adapter.


It pretty much brakes down to I want to start from scratch but i don't have the money to make a system play Cod 4 or unreal tournement at medium and not need an upgrade for a good 4-6 years.
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Old May 26, 2009, 08:35 PM
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NCIX.com - Buy Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan - CMPSU-750TX In Canada.

This power supply looks perfect!
Ok next upgrade will be a graphics card, something to play Cod4 at good settings and unreal tournament. It has to be nvidia just because that's me. My price range is 200 dollars but i could be flexible to 300.
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GTX 260 Core 216. $190 special: NCIX.com - Buy EVGA E-GEFORCE GTX 260 Core 216 SC 55NM 626MHZ 896MB 2.1GHZ DDR3 PCI-E 2XDVI-I HDTV Out Video Card - 896-P3-1257-AR In Canada. (Special should've ended, I recommend you decide fast before it's over.)
GTX 275 if you want to spend $72 more: Newegg.ca - EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

I think the 260 has a better price/performance ratio.
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Old May 26, 2009, 08:51 PM
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See i was looking at the 250 series looks like a lot more performance for a lot less money. Not to mention I see lots of good reviews.

NCIX.com - Buy EVGA E-GEFORCE GTS 250 756MHZ 512MB 2.2GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV Out Video Card - 512-P3-1150-TR In Canada.
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Andy as a guy who has been in your exact sort of situation before i highly suggest that you wait until you can get a whole entire PC that you can be completely happy with. I am 18 almost 19 now and have been saving money for my PC since i was 16 and got really into higher end computer gaming. After saving money on the side any way i could (with just allowance money and 2 summers worth of work) for a PC i finally pulled the trigger yesterday on the system of my dreams.

However if you really need something that can fufil any sort of short time gaming needs this is a card that easily fits into the budget

Newegg.ca - ZOTAC ZT-98GEY3P-FSR GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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ya probably would be a good idea to get a 360 play on that until I can afford a better computer. Still though I will still keep thinking about the available upgrade/new build options.

And that card right there looks amazingly perfect!

(lol I am 16 xD just turned April 1st )
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that to me sounds like a better decison, just cause Xbox 360 pwns, and you will be so much happier with your purchase in the future. Just think, when you get your rig in a year or 2 rig eventually all of our high end stuff will be much cheaper and then you can upgrade to the latest and greatest and show off your stuff and make us feel old and slow
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Old May 26, 2009, 09:07 PM
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lol WOO 360 :P oh also for the zotac zt-98gey3p-fsr it doesn't tell the amps and watts needed so i don't know if i can support it?

The power supply is 500W 18A on 12V
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