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Fixing/Upgrading My Gaming PC...Is It Compatible?

HeroHero formerly known as XGPHero Icrontian
edited Feb 2016 in Hardware

So i am looking at a decent tax return and a new job, which means its time to fix my gaming pc. while im at it i figure ill upgrade a little. I am missing my GPU and so i will be replacing that, but i would also like to upgrade my PSU and adopt a SSD in place of my current HDD.

items i am drooling over\
MSI Radeon R9 390 GPU
1000W PSU

things i already have and dont want to replace just yet.
Mobo
i5 processor

anyway, given that info, can anyone see any glaring compatibility issues for that GPU? i just dont have the necessary knowledge to make those observations. also would love thoughts on that PSU, and suggestions for a SSD.

would be interested in a pci-e SSD if they arent crazy expensive, but im not really sure what the deal is with those. just saw one when i was browsing newegg and was intrigued.

Comments

  • BlackHawkBlackHawk Bible music connoisseur There's no place like 127.0.0.1 Icrontian

    Wishlist links are empty. I suggest PCPartPicker for detailing parts.

    Hero
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian

    Whatever GPU you're considering, it'll work with whatever mobo you have. Just need to ensure your PSU is up to the task.

    Heroprimesuspect
  • HeroHero formerly known as XGPHero Icrontian

    @BlackHawk thanks fixt.

    @Thrax, im drooling over that one ^. i want to go overkill a bit, so i can continue to upgrade my Rig with CAD programs in mind. if there are better GPUs than that i would consider it.

  • BlackHawkBlackHawk Bible music connoisseur There's no place like 127.0.0.1 Icrontian

    Unless you're planning on running a 4-way SLI/Crossfire, I think 1000W PSU is a little overkill.

    Hero
  • HeroHero formerly known as XGPHero Icrontian
    edited Feb 2016

    room to grow, and the 750 isnt much cheaper. i think it was $20 difference. basicly id much rather overkill than not enough. @BlackHawk, is EVGA a decent brand? reviews say so, but im wary of those

  • BlackHawkBlackHawk Bible music connoisseur There's no place like 127.0.0.1 Icrontian
    edited Feb 2016

    @Hero said:
    @BlackHawk, is EVGA a decent brand? reviews say so, but im wary of those

    I've only read good things about them but if you do have a problem, I've also read really good things about their RMA process. Wishing I had gotten an EVGA video card now that I'm reading about Gigabyte RMA horror stories.

    Hero
  • SonorousSonorous F@H Fanatic Virginia Icrontian

    Would an 80 Plus Platinum PSU at a lower cost and wattage make more sense?

    Hero
  • BlackHawkBlackHawk Bible music connoisseur There's no place like 127.0.0.1 Icrontian

    What's your budget on the SSD? While PCI-e SSD cards are pretty fast, I'm not sure if the price warrants the 5 fewer seconds a game level takes to load.

    Hero
  • BlackHawkBlackHawk Bible music connoisseur There's no place like 127.0.0.1 Icrontian

    @Sonorous said:
    Would an 80 Plus Platinum PSU at a lower cost and wattage make more sense?

    There's this platinum rated 860W Seasonic for the same price (lower with rebate).

    SonorousHero
  • HeroHero formerly known as XGPHero Icrontian
    edited Feb 2016

    @sonorous, i dont know. did you have anything in mind? my PSU knowledge is pretty limited. i just dont want to have fewer than 750W

    @BlackHawk, ill say $100 give or take

  • SonorousSonorous F@H Fanatic Virginia Icrontian

    @BlackHawk said:

    @Sonorous said:
    Would an 80 Plus Platinum PSU at a lower cost and wattage make more sense?

    There's this platinum rated 860W Seasonic for the same price (lower with rebate).

    Hero
  • BlackHawkBlackHawk Bible music connoisseur There's no place like 127.0.0.1 Icrontian

    @Hero said:
    @BlackHawk, ill say $100 give or take

    Cheapest PCI-e SSD is $200.

    How much space you want with SSD? Is it for games, OS, both?

    Hero
  • HeroHero formerly known as XGPHero Icrontian

    @BlackHawk, that looks nice. cool, im gonna go with that. its also nice that its modular as well.

  • HeroHero formerly known as XGPHero Icrontian

    both, i didnt mean for you guys to go shopping for me. are some brands better than others for SSD?

  • BlackHawkBlackHawk Bible music connoisseur There's no place like 127.0.0.1 Icrontian

    @Hero said:
    both, i didnt mean for you guys to go shopping for me. are some brands better than others for SSD?

    That one I don't know how to answer. Last time I bought an SSD was over 3 years ago and I went with OCZ (paging @Ryder ) and Mushkin. I have no complaints with those.

    Hero
  • HeroHero formerly known as XGPHero Icrontian

    ive also found that 3.5" SSD seems unusual. that is the size of my internal drive slots. is it ok to put a 2.5" in a bigger slot?

  • BlackHawkBlackHawk Bible music connoisseur There's no place like 127.0.0.1 Icrontian

    @Hero said:
    ive also found that 3.5" SSD seems unusual. that is the size of my internal drive slots. is it ok to put a 2.5" in a bigger slot?

    Yeah. Depending on how old your case is it should have holes for SSD's. If not, some (??? last time I purchased) come with adapters for 3.5" bays. Check the product description.

    Hero
  • HeroHero formerly known as XGPHero Icrontian

    $9 for the adapter. good call thanks

  • HeroHero formerly known as XGPHero Icrontian

    ok, i think based on what im seeing on newegg, the SSD will have to wait for a little while. but not too long hopefully. id hate to get a bunch of CAD stuff set up and then trash it all to reinstall the OS

  • KarmaKarma Likes yoga Icrontian

    They are SSDs you don't really need to bracket them, or really even have them attached to anything.

    Hero
  • HeroHero formerly known as XGPHero Icrontian

    @Karma said:
    They are SSDs you don't really need to bracket them, or really even have them attached to anything.

    oh thanks

  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI Icrontian

    Yeah my SSDs just dangle from wires.

    Hero
  • HeroHero formerly known as XGPHero Icrontian

    hehe, it just seems weird. i get it, but my visceral reaction was...appalled.

  • HeroHero formerly known as XGPHero Icrontian

    @RyanFodder, could you offer insight into CAD designed machines for a mechanical engineer? the solidworks site suggests these firepro GPUs that are way out of my price range, and i think most students price range. those arent really necessary right?

  • SonorousSonorous F@H Fanatic Virginia Icrontian

    A decent GPU will allow for higher total polygon counts in 3D scenes. I have never used Solidworks though and don't know if it would take advantage of the GPU for simulation purposes. Rendering 3D scenes is a different story though. Depending on the render method and hardware you could see a benefit from a certain GPU over others. I think an R9 390 would be plenty for your use though.

  • HeroHero formerly known as XGPHero Icrontian

    thanks @Sonorous

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