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Old August 19, 2011, 04:17 PM
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Unless your getting it dirt cheap I'd keep an eye on the BST section for a used GTX 460 or 6850 for around $100. You'd still probably want to upgrade your psu though to any corsair, seasonic, enermax 650+ watt psu.
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Old August 19, 2011, 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by peasofme View Post
i'm going to go i3 2100. and was thinking to crossfire two 4850's. what psu would i need?
don't do it unless its next to free. Wait for a decent single card upgrade down the road. Given your monitor and current gaming you mentioned I think you would be content on your 4850 with the upgrades I listed until a new GPU is in your funds (though a monitor should still come next). The 520w power supply I suggested would definitely power a decent single graphics card with no problem and should be enough for dual 4850 if you really felt that it was a good idea (IMO its not...unless the price VERY low).

If you care for a quick and dirty on power supplies the 12volt rail is what matters in new computers. Your current power supply (which is likely overrated) is stated at 13amp on one 12v rail and 16amp on a second 12v rail (assuming my quick newegg search gave me the correct power supply by broadway). The 520w PSU I linked to is a seasonic designed power supply (excellent brand) that is quite solid and is rated at 40 amp on a single 12v rail. All power supplies are not equal and cheap power supplies rarely if ever are able to even put out the amount of power they claim they can.
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Old August 26, 2011, 02:16 AM
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i've been looking at the 5850, 6870, 6950, gtx ti 560. and it seems like they all die after a few months. is there a card that doesn't die? also people are saying their cards start crashing in every game and the manufacturers won't fix the cards when they send them back for repair. newegg is the only site i can find that has a lot of reviews.
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Old August 26, 2011, 10:48 AM
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There's other reasons cards die caused by users like poor case ventillation, un realistic overclock and insufficiant amps where needed.

Kind of noticed alot of complaints on malfunctioning cards these days also.

Ps, game crashing can be caused by system ram too.
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Old August 26, 2011, 07:52 PM
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heres my psu

Newegg.com - Broadway Com Corp P4-OKIA600-BLACK 600W ATX Power Supply
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