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Windows 7: Is my PC any good?

07 Feb 2010   #21
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

You need a new PSU, preferably 650w if your case conforms to ATX specs. You also need cooling. If you don't want to spend too much a 4890 is sufficient with a new PSU.


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07 Feb 2010   #22
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

He may or my not need additional cooling. Without a doubt, the PSU unit will provide more cooling to the case than the stock one. And the video card will have it's own cooling.

I think there are some who simply overcool their equipment.
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07 Feb 2010   #23
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

My system has one 200mm on the top, one 120mm (or 140mm) on the back and I'll be adding one 120mm on the side to intake directly onto the GPU.
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07 Feb 2010   #24
RST101

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
 
 

Mountain and mole hill spring to mind here.

Get yourself a gpu and you will be good to go. Depending on what gpu you acquire will determine if you need extra power..

Some of the advise really is overkill here guys, the man/woman just wants to plays games not go the whole hog and have top end machine worth thousands.

In summary then

CPU = Good enough
RAM = Good enough
Disk = Good enough
GPU = Not good enough.
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07 Feb 2010   #25
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Not necessarily overkill, imho.

His HP P6240F comes with a 300 watt PSU. Granted, the overall wattage may be sufficient currently, but overall wattage doesn't mean squat when it comes to powering a modern graphics card; it's the amperage that counts. If the OP does not have sufficient +12 volt amperage, then the experience of trying to resolve the myriad problems that will occur will most definitely suck.

I agree you should not just go out and get any old PSU just because it has a number stamped on the box, no matter how high that number might be; however, it's never bad advice to consider upgrading your PSU to one with high +12 volt amperage.
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07 Feb 2010   #26
RST101

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fumz View Post
Not necessarily overkill, imho.

His HP P6240F comes with a 300 watt PSU. Granted, the overall wattage may be sufficient currently, but overall wattage doesn't mean squat when it comes to powering a modern graphics card; it's the amperage that counts. If the OP does not have sufficient +12 volt amperage, then the experience of trying to resolve the myriad problems that will occur will most definitely suck.

I agree you should not just go out and get any old PSU just because it has a number stamped on the box, no matter how high that number might be; however, it's never bad advice to consider upgrading your PSU to one with high +12 volt amperage.
If you read my post properly you would have noticed I stated "depending on what gpu you acquire will determine if you need extra power..

Also when I referred to overkill I meant by telling him his quad is not good enough and that he will need extra cooling.

That's all.....
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07 Feb 2010   #27
LyzeUH

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Get a better PSU-minimum 500W and pay attention to the 12V rails (with 25A at least-preferably), and get a graphics card-ATI 5750, 5770, or even 5830 when it comes out.

Seems as though you've posted a while back, if you would wait, take a look at Nvidia's new Fermi cards or the 5830 when they come out.
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07 Feb 2010   #28
TeamDerka

Windows 7
 
 

So I would need a cooling unit and a GPU, right? (in that case, what would be the best, cheapest GPU to get?)

I see that a Raedon HD 4830 might be a good investment, but is it really?
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07 Feb 2010   #29
RST101

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TeamDerka View Post
So I would need a cooling unit and a GPU, right? (in that case, what would be the best, cheapest GPU to get?)

I see that a Raedon HD 4830 might be a good investment, but is it really?
The 4830m will be fine for you but you will also need to buy at least a 500 watt power supply to go with that. Also make sure there is at least 27/8 amps on the rail from which ever psu you decide to buy. You won't need a cooler so forget that.


Good luck...
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07 Feb 2010   #30
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RST101 View Post
If you read my post properly ...
I did read your post "properly".

Imo, it's not a question of which gpu he chooses. Any gpu he gets that's worth getting is going to require more amperage on +12 volt rail; thus, require a slightly better PSU than the one's OEM's toss into their mid-range boxes.

Why not plan ahead and get both? This way, the OP avoids the hassle of having to go out and get another after the fact; and avoid the hassles that come with an inadequate PSU. Planning to get both before hand allows him to budget better... errr... properly.

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