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New PSU + graphics card... any advice?

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olivercatroya

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Hi everyone! I'm Giulia.
After too much time, I've finally decided to upgrade my computer to be able to play some videogames, at least in an acceptable way.
I assembled it by myself 3 years ago. At that time I didn't think I was going to play, therefore I skipped the graphics card.
What I want to do is: buy a new graphics card, and replace my PSU (source of suspicious noises recently...)
I'm looking for advice on the components that I've chosen, as I'm not very confident.
 
Here's my specs:
  • MOBO: Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 (rev. 3.0)
  • PSU: VulTech GS-500B 500W
  • CPU: Intel i5-3470 @ 3.20GHz
  • RAM: 2 x 4GB Kingston 1333MHz DDR3
  • HDD: Western Digital WD10EZRX 1TB
  • OS: Windows 7, 64bit
 
The graphics card that I was thinking of is the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Windforce OC 6G. So, first question: do you think that this graphics card could run well on my computer?
 
For the PSU I've tried the PS calculator, this is the result:
I'm not sure on the wattage. I absolutely want a modular or semi-modular one, as my case is not that big. The PS calculator suggests a 700W PSU, but does it really need that much power?
What do you think? Do you have any suggestion on a PSU with good price/quality ratio?
 
Thank you very much!

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Gday olivercatroya   :welcome: 

Yes, a GTX 1060 will run well on your system.   You must first see which card will fit in your case.   If you can give us the brand and model we can search for you, or you can do some measurements yourself.   The specs for the Gigabyte are here,

http://www.gigabyte....060WF2OC-6GD#sp

Note, the length is 223mm (8.78" ) and the recommended PSU is 400W.   

The PSU calculator is over the top, quite usual.   A 550W quality one will be more than enough for your system, which we can select for you.

A couple of questions.

What is your budget?

In which country will you purchase parts?

Does your case only have one fan? if yes, could you fit one at the front?


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I will purchase the parts from Italy, my maximum budget is 380€ for both PSU and graphics card.

This is my case: http://store.antec.c...n/vsk4000e.html

It only has one fan. Could it be a problem? 


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Thanks for the info.

The VSK4000E case will take a video card up to 12.5" long.  The Gigabyte will fit OK, This card dumps heat into the case, this may be a problem as the case only has the one rear exhaust fan:   I recommend installing a front 120mm intake fan.

You are a little limited in Italia for decent quality  PSUs.  The Enermax - REVOLUTION X't 550W 80+ Gold  has a 5 year warranty. > http://www.enermax.c...1&lv1=71&no=314

A case front fan is included, 

https://it.pcpartpic...com/list/YJRFnn

 

Option is to change the video card for one that blows heat outside of the case.

https://it.pcpartpic...com/list/3DKhNN


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Thank you, I've never considered a video card that blows heat outside of the case, that should solve my problem! Honestly I don't know where to place that additional fan... comparing the EVGA and the Gigabyte do you think that they're equally performing?


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The difference between the cards is about 1 to three FPS on most games.   One review, > http://www.tomshardw...dup,4724-2.html

 

The front of the case is removed to screw on the front fan which is placed on the inside of the case.   How to remove the front basil was only shown on the original box and is not shown in any manual.   This terrible video was the only one I could find indicating how it is done.

An alternative would be to find a local PC shop that would agree to install your parts for a reasonable fee. 


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