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Ok, here it is. I'm looking to upgrade my system with a new mobo, CPU, Video Card, and Ram. What I am wondering is if my power supply will be enough for what I'm looking to upgrade. My Current equipment is in my signature:

Upgrades:
ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail : http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131366

CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory : http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820145200

HIS Hightech H487QT512P Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported IceQ4+ Turbo Video Card : http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814161264

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor : http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103674

The Links are posted with each item.
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Unless you're going to overclock the memory controller in your system, there is no point getting DDR3 1600 RAM. If this is the case just stick with DDR3 1333.

You may have to upgrade power supply but I think you should be okay.
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oh, ok, thanks... yeah, I still have PC3200 RAM, I haven't really looked into computer parts in like 2 years since my last upgrade. I'm a bit rusty in what is what, I just assumed it was the more up to date RAM. Thanks for the advice.

If I were to upgrade the power supply as well, what would you suggest I upgrade to? How many watts, and what brand would you suggest?
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Ok so I did a bit of research, and I inputted what I thought was your approximate system specs in this calculator. It says that your power supply should be fine.

Should you choose to upgrade your power supply if you do more upgrading in the future, I've always been a fan of Corsair and Cooler Master power supplies. They're not too expensive and I've found them reliable in the past.
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WOW, thanks mpascal... that really does help... Thanks for the link also. That's really what I needed to check on things like that. And I'll keep those brands in mind... I apparently bought a cheeper made one according to a lot of people in the past. Thanks again guys. Geekstogo.com is always a huge help when it comes to building a system.

Oh and fyi... the only reason I am upgrading is bc of AA3... lol... My current system doesn't support it very well, especially my video card. I go by the Americas Army standard (aka my own standard of upgrading) When I can't play AA I upgrade so I can :)
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Glad I could help! Happy gaming :)

-mp

Edited by mpascal, 19 June 2009 - 09:52 PM.

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Why get a 512MB card when you could get the same card in 1GB for $5 more?
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814161265
Just noticed because this is the card I just bought. Haven't had a chance to use it though as I can't get my PC running *cough*

Edited by W-Unit, 21 June 2009 - 03:16 PM.

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Ok, guys, here is a new option... i noticed Zipzoomfly has a great deal on a motherboard and Processor combo bought together. My question again is, if my powersupply will work well for it. Also this means that I can hold off on buying a video card, and I can test out the onboard graphics... Which I know I'm not gonna want to use, but it gives me time to settle...

What I'm wondering is, if the my powersupply, again will support it, and second what issues you might find... I know I will have to choose different RAM, and I'm wondering how the onboard graphics will compare to my X800GTO graphics card. mainly, which will be better when playing games and what not.

Here is the link to the MOBO and CPU combo.

http://www.zipzoomfl...ctCode=10010042

http://www.zipzoomfl...ctCode=10010385
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I have to say that that calculator just about answered my question... but I am still curious what your guys thoughts are. I'm actually hitting a borderline threshold with the power supply. It calls for 463 watts, which I think that might be pushing it close... So I will consider a new psu after testing this one. What are your thoughts?
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Always leave a minimum 50W headroom for your PSU specs. I've got about 150W headroom according to the PSU Calculator, although I intentionally went a little overboard with it. I know that I can throw in a few extra hard drives or whatever for testing and have peace of mind she'll be good.

Also don't forget that the less a PSU has to work (ie the higher wattage) the more efficient it is. If you're hitting borderline, upgrade. The PSU is one of the most crucial components in a computer. If it blows out, it's very common for it to take out other components as well - including hard drive (and all the data!). I see it quite often at work.

Cheers

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Thanks, i will then upgrade, bc I definitely would rather spend 100 bucks on one than let it take out more tahn 100 bucks of hardware.
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Ok, a few new questions that I have been pondering on. First, I am running Windows XP, and I want to take advantage of 64 bit processing. If you keep windows XP home up to date, does it take advantage of the 64 bit processing, or do I need to get the windows 64 bit version (also want to know if the 64 bit versions has problems) Second... I also have a copy of Windows Vista available, would that be an easier solution to take advantage of it, and will it be worth the hassle?

In addition to this, I have questions about SATA HDD. I am currently running a IDE HDD and I am considering upgrading. Will an SATA show considerable change in speed and stability?

OK, and a final question. I am an ATI man, so don't tempt me with Geforce graphics cards, but I am wondering what a good suggestion for a video card for under $200. The one I'm looking at now is this: http://www.zipzoomfl...ctCode=10010252 It has to go with the parts below and a 500 watt pwersupply... which I also need to know if I should upgrade it (which I'm gonna rely on that calculator given to me earlier in this post.)

RAM: http://www.zipzoomfl...weekly_10010569

CPU: http://www.zipzoomfl...ctCode=10010385

MOBO: http://www.zipzoomfl...ctCode=10010042

Powersupply is in my signature with my current system (I am taking it out and putting in new system)

Case: http://www.zipzoomfl...odlist=celebros
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I have time to answer about the power supply issue. Just go ahead and get a better more reliable brand of PSU that has more watts as you are at borderline pretty much. Why take the chance to save $100 when you can get a Corsair 650W powersupply for $99.99, $79.99 if you get the rebate back and send it out..

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
http://www.newegg.co.....k=corsair 650

That corsair 650 has enough power to push your new rig + the biggest video card they make just not 2 of the biggest video cards they make in sli for example.. That corsair 650 can run a single gtx 295 and a quad core system if you wanted it to, just not with 6+ harddrives, 8+ case fans, multiple light devices/cathodes, a strobe light,water cooling kit,internal temp guage etc.. LOL I think you get the picture.

Another thought would be go for the corsair 750W power supply as it would leave you even more room for future upgrades..
$119, or $99 after rebate..
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139006

Edited by jrm20, 26 June 2009 - 03:44 PM.

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