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Most Poweful Low Power System-Spec Me

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Decmancity, 6 Oct 2009.

  1. Decmancity

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    Hi, You may have seen my other posts on here asking for some help for a new system but this one is for a mate of mine :)
    He is looking for the most powerful yet energy efficient system he can get for £500
    I was thinking a 4770,AMD Phenom 905e but all suggestions welcome.
    He is looking to play games such as COD 4,Cod WAW e.t.c
    He has a 550w psu and a 22'' lcd and also a OS and k/board and mouse.
    Thanks
     
    Last edited: 6 Oct 2009
  2. JonJ678

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    Pardon?
     
  3. Kennysevenfold

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    Does not compute :p
     
  4. daz87uk

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    I think he ment the most powerfull but energy efficient. lol
     
  5. Decmancity

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    Yeh sorry about that.
     
  6. daz87uk

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    AMD Phenom X4 9100e only needs 35 to 65watts of power
     
  7. dangerstat

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    Atom single core uses the least amount of power for a "mainstream" arch. The Dual core version with an ION chipset is still VERY low power, but can playback BluRay and is have decent. If low power is your thing, then the Atom is best.
     
  8. Decmancity

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    He would rather go am3 so he doesnt need to upgrade everything again.
     
  9. Decmancity

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    He is looking to play cod 4 e.t.c can a atom and ION do this?
     
  10. daz87uk

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    hmm oc dont really do the whole green amd cpu thing like they have done before maybe if you choose a AM3 cpu and just configure the setting to be energy efficient, as for the atom I thought that was more of notebook thing, might be slightly under powered for bigger apps
     
  11. daz87uk

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  12. Yakyb

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    if you could get him to stretch to a 5850 they are very energy efficient
     
  13. daz87uk

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    yeah ^^ good point, would be a well worth investment for the latest tech
     
  14. Decmancity

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    Thanks for that spec mate,He has just informed me that he has a DVD drive and hdd so with that saving,will a 5850 or 5870 now fit in the budget.
     
  15. Decmancity

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    I too am looking for some help. I currently have a 550w psu and i am looking at getting a new pc, the specs are going to be phenom 955,4gb Patriot G-series,MSI 785gm-e51 and a 5850. Will my psu handle this or do I need a new one
     
  16. cmndr_andi

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    What is the exact make and model of the 550W PSU? It would be a bit of a waste specifying a super efficient system if the PSU ends up kicking 40% of its input power out as heat.
     
  17. Decmancity

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    It is a thermaltake tr2 550.
    I would be willing to drop the CPU Down if it meant that I didn't have to buy a new psu.or would I be better off buying a new psu first so that I get a better efficency rate.
     
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  18. cmndr_andi

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    Rated Efficiency 70%+

    First port of call, get a better PSU.
     
  19. cmndr_andi

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    If your friends main puropse for the rig is to save power (maybe save money or less heat) then I would definitely upgrade the PSU. You get PSUs these days that are a touch over 90% efficient.

    However, if he is just trying to build a PC which will work with that 550W PSU, then he can easily get away with an i5 rig + a 5850 Graphics card, 550W is actually alot of power.
     
  20. Decmancity

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    Ok mate,which would you reccommend.I have a max budget of £500 for a cpu,gfx card,motherboard,Ram and a case And a psu as well is this possible?