I'm aware I'll more than likely have to upgrade my PSU
Avoid the CX and GX series from Corsair. They are entry level and made my OEMs with relatively poor reputation.
Top brands: Corsair, Seasonic or XFX.
In addition to your power requirement, you also need some extra headroom for upgrades and to account for capacitor ageing and loss in efficiency. Add 25%-30% to your overall power requirement.
As for the GFX card, do you have a rough idea of how much you're willing to spend on it? That could help us suggest a card that offers the best bang for the buck.
Yeah I agree, I shouldn't have cheaped out on this power supply, but I did get it on sale for practically nothing so not too big of a waste (Except for time). When I do this upgrade, I'll definitely be getting an SLI/Crossfire capable PSU and probably a single SLI/crossfire capable video card then upgrade in the future with a second one. My price range is pretty flexible.. I don't want a $500+ card, but I want something that will not be obsolete next month. Probably spending between 200 and 300 on the video card alone, with means to get a second one in the future. I'm just really not sure exactly what makes a video card better- again I ask, assuming memory capacity and everything else is the same, would you prefer exponentially more stream processors or exponentially more memory speed?
Edit- figure I might as well post it, have the phenom II x4 955 overclocked to 4.0 with stock cooler right now. Going to get an aftermarket cooler on it when I do the rest of the upgrades in hopes of reaching 4.5 or 4.6 and am looking for a video card that will keep up. Any recommendations for the heatsink/fan combo for a phenom II 955 (am3 socket)?
Edited by JMSaviour, 21 December 2011 - 12:26 AM.