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May 31, 2013 10:17:11 AM

I am looking to upgrade my XPS8300 video card to GTX560ti. Is this a good choice for photo editing and gaming (Diablo 3). And I also trying to make it as a Hackintosh. I am currently having a 6450 on my XPS8300.
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May 31, 2013 10:28:58 AM

What is your motherboard? That is the most important factor when building a hackintosh.
That GPU will (probably) be fine for a hackintosh (GeForce 500 series is supported by Mac OS), but you must make sure that your motherboard qualifies.
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May 31, 2013 10:54:57 AM

I believe is a Intel H67 Express Chipset. I was wondering if this motherboard support usb3?
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May 31, 2013 10:58:46 AM

I'll need a bit more info than that to determine if it has USB 3.0, I'm afraid.
More specifically, motherboard manufacturer and model (chipset is not model) :p 
EDIT: Intel H67 chipset supports hackintosh, supposedly. Therefore, you should be fine :p 
EDIT 2: It only supports USB 2.0. Sorry :( 
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May 31, 2013 11:04:12 AM

To answer your original question, yes, the GTX 560 ti will be fine for photo editing and some gaming. Nothing too hardcore like Far Cry 3 or Crysis 3 though :p 
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May 31, 2013 11:14:31 AM

Thank you so much. I forget to put that it also will be as CAD programming like solidworks and NX8.0 and do I need to change my PSU to fit the GPU?
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May 31, 2013 11:16:21 AM

no worries, mate :D 
Yes, it will be fine for CAD programming.
And nope, that PSU should be just fine at 460W, but you may need to upgrade it in the future when it starts to deteriorate in output. :p 
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May 31, 2013 11:21:21 AM

Thanks man!!
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May 31, 2013 11:41:35 AM

just to add one thing, the 5xx series are actually faster in cuda accelerated programs like adobe premier
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May 31, 2013 12:22:08 PM

Does it mean it run faster when using adobe software?
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May 31, 2013 1:09:19 PM

only programs which can use cuda.. eg.. premier, any video converter etc.. not everything adobe

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May 31, 2013 1:34:19 PM

I was looking for a higher performance GPU and it seems like the 660ti and 670 have pretty good performance. I was planned to build another one in the coming year, which one do you think is good to go with?
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May 31, 2013 1:39:16 PM

Whichever one you can afford. The 660 ti uses less power than the 560 ti, whereas the 670 uses the same amount as the 560 ti.

To be on the safe side though, I'd go for the GTX 660 ti.
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May 31, 2013 2:00:21 PM

btw, which company are having better cooling performance ? as i saw the price range are vary from 350usd to 450usd and whats the difference between the 2gb version and 4gb version?
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May 31, 2013 3:59:37 PM

a 4gb version of a GTX 660 ti would be useless. Just get the 2gb version. A GTX 660 ti is not powerful enough to utilise more than 2gb of RAM. Steer well clear of 4gb versions - they cost more for no improvement in performance.
Also ensure that you get a GDDR5 version, not a DDR3 version.
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May 31, 2013 4:31:00 PM

Oh....that's for the gtx 670! Sorry about that!! Thanks for your note!
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May 31, 2013 4:33:14 PM

Same applies for the GTX 670. 4gb of RAM is useless for any card except the GTX Titan and the HD 7990.
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May 31, 2013 4:39:29 PM

Thank you sir^^
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May 31, 2013 4:42:35 PM

No worries, mate :D 
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