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Advice For New Low Budget Gaming Tower

by mike2413901 / April 29, 2013 12:09 PM PDT

Hi everyone! I'm building a low budget PC, (first time)
and I wanted to ask if this setup I'm configuring to purchase is correct. Any advice/tips/help would be greatly appreciated


Hard drive





I already have a 450 watt PSU in my current computer,
just bought 2 months ago. Would I need more power to handle everything? Also, would I need a heatsink for my processor?

Thanks for advice!!

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Clarification Request
(NT) Is the old PSU a single 12V rail design?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 29, 2013 12:49 PM PDT
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by mike2413901 / April 30, 2013 11:40 AM PDT
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I thought it was a 25 buck PSU.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 30, 2013 10:52 PM PDT
In reply to: Whoopsies

I had to look around but it appears this is a DUAL rail +12V PSU. But even with searching I can't find the Amperes for the +12V rails.

Without that I can't do a basic check on this. Since you own this, you could read the Amperes and then see if it's sufficient for the system.

Since I don't have this number I'm going to estimate it.,3318-18.html shows about 120 Watts for the GPU so you need about 50% more so the +12V rail you use should be about 15A minimum.


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What I noted.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 29, 2013 11:45 PM PDT

The motherboard says PCI Express 2.0, the video card says PCI Express 3.0. So you're not using the full power of your video card. Why not make a match?

You surely would need a heat-sink. In general, moreover, low-budget and gaming aren't a very good combination.


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by mike2413901 / April 30, 2013 11:44 AM PDT
In reply to: What I noted.

I don't see a reason why I should spend more than $650 on a new amd gaming pc build excluding the PSU, Keyboard, and my LED 32'...

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