I'm thinking of upgrading my video card to an AMD R9 270x in the next couple of months. I don't believe I have enough power for it, so probably also need to consider a PSU upgrade - naturally, I come to you for suggestions and recommendations to this.
Future scenario: I don't overclock and don't expect to do any SLI in the future (although might be good to have the option for multi-GPU). I could also consider an additional hard drive, but very likely I would only replace one of the older ones. I do however, might like to have a PSU in case I do decide to do a computer upgrade in 2-3 years (hoping my current setup can get me so far! )
From the calculations I've done with the different online PSU calculators (on some, using the HD 7870 as the R9 270x isn't yet available, which I believe is the closest), the answer varies: it goes from as low as 379W to a recommendation of a 700W PSU.
I also have a BFG Tech 550-Watt LS-550 PSU lying around that I bought a few years ago (unused, still boxed), so if that would be enough let me know.
Overall, I'd prefer not to go over $100 for one.
Here is the list of my current components:
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.4GHz)
- ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro
- Asus P5K Deluxe
- Crucial 8GB DDR2 PC2-5300 (4x2)
- VisionTek ATI Radeon HD 4850 512 MB GDDR3
- Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JS 250GB 7200 RPM
- 2x Western Digital 500 GB Caviar Blue SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 RPM (WD5000AAKS)
- Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU 500W V2.0
- Antec Three Hundred case
- Asus VH242H 23.6-Inch Monitor
- Logitech Z-2300 Speakers
Thanks for your help guys!