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2 years ago#1
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core2+Quad+Q6600+%40+2.40GHz

so this is my old cpu and it's been doing good for a while but i noticed it losing some juice when running higher end games (I had it like for 5 years)

recently just upgraded my video card and got a 600w power supply, 6gb ram.

now i'm looking for something good to that will last me a good while for games, but i'm not that great with computers... does anyone know what kind of cpu/mobo would be good for gaming at the moment?
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2 years ago#2
3570k/a good Z77 motherboard.
What 600w PSU did you get? And what single card configuration could possibly need more than 450w?
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2 years ago#3
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX35076

i got this one cuz it was on sale and mine is only 400 watts so i don't wanna risk anything.
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2 years ago#4
also could i have a link to the cpu/motherboard u suggested lol
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2 years ago#5
Well, that's a pretty bad PSU. Only good up to 450w.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7x27

You might want to consider looking around more, though. Doesn't Microcenter usually have motherboard+CPU combos that are quite good?

Also, 4670k and whatever the new Intel high end consumer chipset is, if you can get them within that price range, but 4670k is still new.
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2 years ago#6
I think Newegg still has a combo deal going for an i5-4670k and an Asus Z87-A for $350, if you can up your budget.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1420822
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2 years ago#7
HeartOfDog posted...
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX35076

i got this one cuz it was on sale and mine is only 400 watts so i don't wanna risk anything.


Wattage isn't everything. In regards to powering your components, listed amps on the 12v rail is far more important. In fact that power supply is a fine example of watts misleading the buyer

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-eXtreme-Power-Plus-600-W-Power-Supply-Review/1034/1

Refer to this review. You should have did research before buying it. Just hope you won't ever draw more then 450w from that unit because it won't even handle it.
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2 years ago#8
You should be good with that suggestion. Here's a link:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7huv

Also, if you wanted something better, but slightly more expensive you could get this:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/12bse

But the first suggestion is marginally better. ;)
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2 years ago#9
If you live near Microcenter you can pick up a 3570K for $180 before taxes - that should get you below $300.
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2 years ago#10
So did I get jipped on the power supply or should I be fine? -_-
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