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Ladedooda

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Decided to give my computer a bit of an upgrade (and also for a bit of fun). This is my first time so any suggestions that would help me?
My current pc:

Intel Q6600 Core2 Quad 2.4GHz Processor (http://www.amazon.co...r/dp/B000LRMR26)
4GB RAM (http://www.morecompu...CM2X2048-6400C5 - 2 of these)
9600gt 512mb
750GB hard drive (http://www.microdire...e/Product/19864)
LG blu ray drive (http://www.microdire...e/Product/28997)
580W Hiper PSU (http://www.dinopc.co...ilent-85p94.htm)
ASUS P5N-MX (http://www.microware...e/item/A0358374)
ASUS TA-210 (http://www.dinopc.co...-210-87p248.htm)

The components in bold are the ones which I have decided to keep for now, when I replace motherboard/case I will most likely upgrade my graphics card.

I have found a couple of cases and motherboard I am thinking of getting:
Motherboard - Asus P5N-D (http://www.ebuyer.com/product/142585)
Case - Coolmaster HAF 932 (http://www.evilgamin...tx_case_no_psu_)
Case - Antec 900 (http://www.ebuyer.com/product/118268)

I'm more leaning towards the HAF 932, not sure yet.

Basically will my current components in bold work with the new motherboard and/or cases I have chosen.

Sorry for the load of components, thanks in advance :)
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PedroDaGR8

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THe PSU is a mediocre PSU, not a bad one not a great one. Tends to have mediocre voltage regulation when above 50% load, though it never goes out of ATX spec (at 100% the 5V line is only .02V away from being out of spec though). The worst thing is efficiency is down right horrible. It tends to be around 65-73%. Many PSUs have efficiencies in the 80s.

The general thing is Hiper tends to make flashy PSUs with not much substance underneath, but much better than companies like L&C, Deer, Powmax, Raidmax, etc. Some better companies are Corsair, Delta, Emacs, Silverstone, OCZ etc.
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Hi, thanks for the response :)

Will my current PSU be able to cope with 2x 9600gts in SLI? I don't really want to spend too much in upgrading but if a new PSU is necessary then I'd get one, what should I look for in a ideal PSU? I read somewhere that you should look out for voltage rather than voltage?

How do these look-
http://www.ebuyer.co...roduct_overview
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/134696

Also, concerning the SLI 9600gt, my current one is http://www.itdisti.c...main.asp?ID=542, is this capable of SLI and would I have to buy the exact same card to do SLI or could I buy a different brand of 9600?
The card is pretty big so I'm a bit concerned if I would be able to fit 2 in the slots, I'll measure if needed.

Arg, just realised the amount of questions I'm asking, sorry!

Edited by Ladedooda, 04 February 2009 - 11:47 AM.

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The OCZ should be better than the Hiper. I couldn't find any reputable reviews on the OCZ, but they tend to be a better maker than Hiper.
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