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  1. rachet

    rachet Thread Starter

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    This is an overview of my computer.
    Coolmaster Elite Case (link to image)

    Windows 7 Ultimate Service Pack 1 (build 7601)
    Gigabyte P35-DS3 Motherboard
    2.33 gigahertz Intel Core2 Duo
    Western Digital 350GB (not sure what model)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 512MB
    Kingston 2GB DDR2 800 RAM
    WinFast DTV2000 H
    Thermaltake 350W PSU (not sure what model)

    I'm going to be upgrading to these.

    Kingston Value 2GB DDR2 800 RAM $35

    WD 3.5” Blue 1TB WD10EALX SATA3 32M 7200rpm HDD $65

    Gigabyte 1GB GT430 PCI-E VGA Card $70

    Corsair 500CX ATX Power Supply Unit $81

    Total $251 which is hopefully a weeks pay so I can get these in two weeks (saving up and all)

    So i'll have an extra 1TB HDD with my 350GB and an extra 2GB making it a full 3.5gb (cause i'm on 32bit windows)

    Because the GPU requires a 400W PSU I figured I'd go up to 500W.
    My question is for those who know their computers, would the GPU and PSU fit into my Case and will the GPU work with my Motherboard?

    If the GPU ad PSU aren't compatible with my MB then will a Gigabyte 1GB GT220 PCI-E VGA Card work?

    I play games but I mainly use this computer for Multimedia purposes. I'll be using the Adobe suit very thoroughly so I need something that'll make my computer run a tad smoother.

    I was thinking of purchasing a SSD 32GB and installed my OS and Adobe Suit on that.
     
  2. dustyjay

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    The Video card would wwork, But I would suggest a 550W or 600 Watt power supply.
     
  3. rachet

    rachet Thread Starter

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    How come I should get a 550W/600W PSU? I read that the it requires 400W. Isn't that 500W enough?
     
  4. dustyjay

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    Because the fact that the video card requires 400W you still have to figure in the rest of the Computer components as power requirements. Then you do not want to run your Power supply at near max capacity all the time. It will shorten the life and create heat problems in your system.
     
  5. getsugatenso

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    you might need a 60/64Gb SSD, with all the 'standard' programs and updates you can amount to a few Gb's of software. the 'standard' software includes MS Office, alternative web browsers, playback codec's, adobe suite [im sure is quite large]
    you'd have to install most things onto a HDD if you get a 30/32Gb SSD

    PSU recommendation? Corsair TX650 @ $90 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020&Tpk=tx 650

    if your not too hung up on amd/nvidia then how about a HD 5670? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102930&cm_re=hd_5670-_-14-102-930-_-Product i seem to find AMD has better performance on the lower end of graphics cards than nvidia.
     
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