Windows 10: NEW Power Supply Upgrade Question

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  1.    17 Feb 2017 #11

    Just get the requirement for your card there is no reason to spend a ton of money on a PS that oyur only going to use half of
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       17 Feb 2017 #12

    AMDMan2016 said: View Post
    Yeah gonna see if I can afford a 600 watt model, Video card planning to get in the Future Possibly AMD RX 460, since Processor is an AMD FX 8310 8 Core, decided to stick with AMD side of things, and yes going fully Modular supply so only will need hooked up cables actually used, which should cut down on cable cutter and help further with cooling as well.

    Case don't know if can fit a Dual slot card, so might get RX 460 single slot card from XFX or perhaps MSI or some company

    Bluetooth with Wireless card below video card do use with Phone at times, wireless portion of card don't use though, use the 1Gb Ethernet connection.
    I'm confused. The M5A97 EVO R2 is a full-sized ATX motherboard. The board you picture in post #10 is a microATX board. I can't make out how many PCI-E slots are present, but I think that you may have the main X16 one, plus an X1 slot next to it, and an X4. You'd lose the X1 with a dual-slot card, but I guess that you'd still have a slot for the network card.

    I hope that you don't need a single slot card. A quick look at newegg.com suggests that would seriously limit your choices. (On the plus side, you wouldn't need much of a PSU to run any of those cards. They tend to the low end.)

    There is no need to restrict your choices to AMD GPUs. I'm not an nVidia fan, although I have bought more nVidia cards than AMD/ATI.
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       17 Feb 2017 #13

    Yeah I don't know if board is ATX or Micro ATX, as this was a Prebuilt Asus AMD FX System, shows on sticker Asus M52BC_M32BC01 for model, I'm confused to as don't know if board is a special microatx model, one sticker shows M5A97 EVO R2, yet it doesn't even look like a full atx board in there.
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       17 Feb 2017 #14

    Something else to check.
    The power supply physical size. Many store bought computer have a case that is designed in such a way that a aftermarket power supply will not fit without cutting and bending of the case.

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       17 Feb 2017 #15

    Ok will look into that as well, so many things to check, miss the days when I just went to local computer shop and got it custom built a lot less checking of things lol


    System I bought a year ago from Newegg

    Open Box: ASUS Desktop PC M32BC-B01 AMD FX-Series FX-8310 (3.40 GHz) 8 GB 2 TB HDD AMD Radeon R7 240 Windows 8.1 - Newegg.com

    Don't see nothing in the reviews of it needing "special OEM power supply or anything, so perhaps will work fine"

    wasn't open box at the time though, was standard buy then, arrived in good condition--January 2016
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       17 Feb 2017 #16

    I think that this is the same model:

    ASUS Desktop Computer M32BC-B01 AMD FX-Series FX-8310 (3.40 GHz) 8 GB DDR3 2 TB HDD AMD Radeon R7 240 2 GB Windows 8.1 64-Bit-Newegg.com

    4 expansion slots: one PCI-E X16, two X1, and one X4. Doesn't seem like a full ATX. (MicroATX is 9.6 X 9.6", aka 244mm X 244 mm, or smaller.) The point in post #14 is a good one: large PSUs may not fit in an appliance PC. If you can measure the physical size of your existing PSU, that may help you avoid buying one that won't fit.

    I'm tempted to write "don't mess around with an appliance PC like this one", but that would be cruel.
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       17 Feb 2017 #17

    Yeah all good points pointed out here, supposedly the G3 line of Evga power supplies suppose to be smaller, but still pack the same power capabilities and such, but will measure and go from there, and hopefully I measure right and all goes well once I get the new power supply, old PC was an HP model...hopefully no issues, all goes well and perfect lol,then it's onto affording newer video card, and praying whichever card I pick out fits
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  8.    17 Feb 2017 #18

    Don't know what card you are going to pick, but if you're going to stay with an AMD/Radeon RX 4XX series card, a good choice would be an RX 480 if you do any gaming at all. You'll be glad you did.

    Just be aware of their length and if it will fit in your case, and also be aware that AMD cards are power hungry.
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       17 Feb 2017 #19

    Yes I do Game, Battlefield 4, hardline, FSX Steam Ediiton, staying with AMD I think, and yes I know AMD cards are power hungry, why gonna get the most I can afford for power supply, 550-650watt, then it's determing which video card can afford, and size and fit into case...guess if I have to can remove the wifi/Bluetooth card if in the way whenever I get the video card. Sadly can't afford both at same time
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       18 Feb 2017 #20

    AMDMan2016 said: View Post
    Yes I do Game, Battlefield 4, hardline, FSX Steam Ediiton, staying with AMD I think, and yes I know AMD cards are power hungry, why gonna get the most I can afford for power supply, 550-650watt, then it's determing which video card can afford, and size and fit into case...guess if I have to can remove the wifi/Bluetooth card if in the way whenever I get the video card. Sadly can't afford both at same time
    If the motherboard has a PCI-E X16 slot, two X1 slots, and an X4 slot, you should be able to use a two slot graphics card and keep the Bluetooth card. (The graphics card would typically block one X1 slot.) I don't know enough to be absolutely certain, but I think you're OK.
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