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Which PSU should I get and is this graphics card compatible?

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June 28, 2013 5:47:41 AM

I don't really know anything about power supplies apart from that I need a new one. So your help is much appreciated.

My System:
DX58SO Motherboard
Intel i7-920 2.67 GHz
Corsair DDR3 6GB RAM
500GB HDD
Optical Drive
Wireless LAN Card
400W Supply

I am replacing my current graphics card with the this 760: http://www.dabs.com/products/best-value-palit-geforce-g...

Is this graphics card compatible with my motherboard? Also the recommended minimum PSU by nvidia for the 760 is 500W but maybe an overclocked version needs more?

Thanks so much guys.

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June 28, 2013 5:58:54 AM
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Yes, the gpu will work with your motherboard.

For a psu, a ~500w unit from Seasonic, Antec, Corsair or XFX will give you more than enough power for your setup.

Mark
June 28, 2013 6:06:14 AM

markwp said:
Yes, the gpu will work with your motherboard.

For a psu, a ~500w unit from Seasonic, Antec, Corsair or XFX will give you more than enough power for your setup.

Mark


Thanks.

Should it be modular, hybrid or non-modular?
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June 28, 2013 6:13:55 AM

Hiii
yups your gpu is compatible but chose a wrong brand. Go with asus, gigabyte, evga for best quality and long life of your gpu.
Yes 500w psu from corsair, sesonic, & xfx is more than enough for this card.
I hope ot helps.
Thank you.
June 28, 2013 6:37:58 AM

princejeet said:
Hiii
yups your gpu is compatible but chose a wrong brand. Go with asus, gigabyte, evga for best quality and long life of your gpu.
Yes 500w psu from corsair, sesonic, & xfx is more than enough for this card.
I hope ot helps.
Thank you.


Is this PSU fine? http://www.scan.co.uk/products/550w-psu-xfx-core-editio...

Also, I see options of modular, hybrid and non-modular, which one should I get?

Thanks.
a b ) Power supply
a c 96 V Motherboard
a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2013 6:46:24 AM

Good choice. Type of psu (modular, etc) is up to you. Modular are generally easier to work with for concealing cables and promoting good airflow as you only use the cables you need. Hybrid are also good for this as the hardwire portion will always be needed and then you can choose which additional cables you need. Non-modular are the most difficult to work with as you have to "bury" or otherwise hide unused cables.

Mark
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a c 643 V Motherboard
a c 519 U Graphics card
June 28, 2013 6:49:00 AM

XFX PRO550W P1-550S-XXB9 Power Supply (PSU) Core Edition

Great choice , it's an XFX , made by SEASONIC best in the business.
June 28, 2013 6:50:12 AM

markwp said:
Good choice. Type of psu (modular, etc) is up to you. Modular are generally easier to work with for concealing cables and promoting good airflow as you only use the cables you need. Hybrid are also good for this as the hardwire portion will always be needed and then you can choose which additional cables you need. Non-modular are the most difficult to work with as you have to "bury" or otherwise hide unused cables.

Mark


SR-71 Blackbird said:
XFX PRO550W P1-550S-XXB9 Power Supply (PSU) Core Edition

Great choice , it's an XFX , made by SEASONIC best in the business.


Great! Thank you everyone for the help.
June 28, 2013 8:16:19 AM

princejeet said:
Hiii
yups your gpu is compatible but chose a wrong brand. Go with asus, gigabyte, evga for best quality and long life of your gpu.
Yes 500w psu from corsair, sesonic, & xfx is more than enough for this card.
I hope ot helps.
Thank you.


Sorry, I know I chose a best answer but with regards to your comment, I had a few questions about the specific graphics card. I noticed Palit only has a 1 year warranty. I'm not too happy with that. But the reviews for the card seem good.

The below EVGA card has 3 years warranty so that seems good but reviews suggest higher temps and noise. I don't really care about noise but will the higher temp be a problem?

http://www.dabs.com/products/evga-geforce-gtx-760-1072m...

The below Gigabyte card is the other option which is cooler but I don't have a clue about its warranty. Any idea?
Also I read something about EVGA being the fastest card?

http://www.ebuyer.com/519943-gigabyte-gtx-760-oc-windfo...

Any ideas about what card is the best and what features matter most?

Thanks.

Edit: I also found this one: http://www.ebuyer.com/519311-msi-gtx-760-twinfrozr-oc-2.... According to specs it is faster than the EVGA.
a b ) Power supply
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a b U Graphics card
June 28, 2013 11:19:50 PM

M_I said:
princejeet said:
Hiii
yups your gpu is compatible but chose a wrong brand. Go with asus, gigabyte, evga for best quality and long life of your gpu.
Yes 500w psu from corsair, sesonic, & xfx is more than enough for this card.
I hope ot helps.
Thank you.


Sorry, I know I chose a best answer but with regards to your comment, I had a few questions about the specific graphics card. I noticed Palit only has a 1 year warranty. I'm not too happy with that. But the reviews for the card seem good.

The below EVGA card has 3 years warranty so that seems good but reviews suggest higher temps and noise. I don't really care about noise but will the higher temp be a problem?

http://www.dabs.com/products/evga-geforce-gtx-760-1072m...

The below Gigabyte card is the other option which is cooler but I don't have a clue about its warranty. Any idea?
Also I read something about EVGA being the fastest card?

http://www.ebuyer.com/519943-gigabyte-gtx-760-oc-windfo...

Any ideas about what card is the best and what features matter most?

Thanks.

Edit: I also found this one: http://www.ebuyer.com/519311-msi-gtx-760-twinfrozr-oc-2.... According to specs it is faster than the EVGA.


No problem if you picked answere. You can say any question my friend.
Go with asus for everything perfect. No noice, long warranty, best cooling solution, and best performance too.
Otherwise you can go with gigabyte too. I think it also have 3 year warranty. But not sure because i didnt get this because it is not availeble in my country at this time.
I hope it helps.
Thank you.
June 29, 2013 4:43:25 AM

princejeet said:
M_I said:
princejeet said:
Hiii
yups your gpu is compatible but chose a wrong brand. Go with asus, gigabyte, evga for best quality and long life of your gpu.
Yes 500w psu from corsair, sesonic, & xfx is more than enough for this card.
I hope ot helps.
Thank you.


Sorry, I know I chose a best answer but with regards to your comment, I had a few questions about the specific graphics card. I noticed Palit only has a 1 year warranty. I'm not too happy with that. But the reviews for the card seem good.

The below EVGA card has 3 years warranty so that seems good but reviews suggest higher temps and noise. I don't really care about noise but will the higher temp be a problem?

http://www.dabs.com/products/evga-geforce-gtx-760-1072m...

The below Gigabyte card is the other option which is cooler but I don't have a clue about its warranty. Any idea?
Also I read something about EVGA being the fastest card?

http://www.ebuyer.com/519943-gigabyte-gtx-760-oc-windfo...

Any ideas about what card is the best and what features matter most?

Thanks.

Edit: I also found this one: http://www.ebuyer.com/519311-msi-gtx-760-twinfrozr-oc-2.... According to specs it is faster than the EVGA.


No problem if you picked answere. You can say any question my friend.
Go with asus for everything perfect. No noice, long warranty, best cooling solution, and best performance too.
Otherwise you can go with gigabyte too. I think it also have 3 year warranty. But not sure because i didnt get this because it is not availeble in my country at this time.
I hope it helps.
Thank you.


Thanks, I'll have a look at any Asus cards.

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June 29, 2013 6:17:29 AM

Choice of brands in a video card is no different than choice of brands for anything else. Regardless of the manufacturer, there will always be "duds".

Long term companies like Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte and MSI all have proven track records - including duds. Buy what you are comfortable with relative to pricing, warranty and your research. The "specs" of a card can be misleading as all the 760 cards use the same gpu and memory (except for size of memory perhaps). The basic card (reference design) will run at X speed regardless of who makes the card - that's why it is called reference. When companies partner with Nvidia (or AMD), they often take the reference design and "tweak" it by upping the voltage, changing the bios, etc. to produce faster speeds. These are the cards with "better" specs. Still the same gpu/memory, but they are tweaked by the companies to provide more speed.

Generally when you see marketing blurbs of "overclocked", "better performance", etc., along with marketing names like "windforce", "twin-frozr", etc., the basic differences will be (1) tweaked performance, and (2) larger cooling solutions (more fans; different shroud).

The differences in performance may or may not be noticeable, but the differences in cooling and fan noise will definitely be noticeable.

Bottom line: Buy what makes you happy and get the best single card solution you can afford. When you get your card, DO NOT use the drivers on the cd that comes with the card - go to Nvidia's web site and download the most current STABLE drivers and software and use those. Make sure your m/b bios and drivers are up to date also.

Mark
June 29, 2013 10:17:18 AM

markwp said:
Choice of brands in a video card is no different than choice of brands for anything else. Regardless of the manufacturer, there will always be "duds".

Long term companies like Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte and MSI all have proven track records - including duds. Buy what you are comfortable with relative to pricing, warranty and your research. The "specs" of a card can be misleading as all the 760 cards use the same gpu and memory (except for size of memory perhaps). The basic card (reference design) will run at X speed regardless of who makes the card - that's why it is called reference. When companies partner with Nvidia (or AMD), they often take the reference design and "tweak" it by upping the voltage, changing the bios, etc. to produce faster speeds. These are the cards with "better" specs. Still the same gpu/memory, but they are tweaked by the companies to provide more speed.

Generally when you see marketing blurbs of "overclocked", "better performance", etc., along with marketing names like "windforce", "twin-frozr", etc., the basic differences will be (1) tweaked performance, and (2) larger cooling solutions (more fans; different shroud).

The differences in performance may or may not be noticeable, but the differences in cooling and fan noise will definitely be noticeable.

Bottom line: Buy what makes you happy and get the best single card solution you can afford. When you get your card, DO NOT use the drivers on the cd that comes with the card - go to Nvidia's web site and download the most current STABLE drivers and software and use those. Make sure your m/b bios and drivers are up to date also.

Mark


Thanks, that was really useful. I've decided to go with the MSI as it is supposed to have better cooling and has 3 years warranty.

With regards to the m/b bios update, on Intel's website it says: 'Update the BIOS on your computer only if the newer BIOS version specifically solves a problem you have. We do not recommend BIOS updates for computers that do not need it. You can view all new BIOS fixes in the Release Notes.' and therefore I have never updated it.
(https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y...*&DownloadType=BIOS)

You recommend updating it?

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June 29, 2013 4:42:34 PM

I understand Intel's position, but I have always kept my bios current. If your m/b runs your new gpu as is, then you can leave the bios alone. I merely mentioned that since bios can affect recognition of a new card on occasion, but then it may not. If you are more comfortable not messing with it, and your system is running the way you want, ignore the suggestion.

Be sure to get current drivers for the gpu from Nvidia - not off the disc.

Mark
July 1, 2013 9:52:09 AM

markwp said:
I understand Intel's position, but I have always kept my bios current. If your m/b runs your new gpu as is, then you can leave the bios alone. I merely mentioned that since bios can affect recognition of a new card on occasion, but then it may not. If you are more comfortable not messing with it, and your system is running the way you want, ignore the suggestion.

Be sure to get current drivers for the gpu from Nvidia - not off the disc.

Mark


Ok I see. If its doesn't recognize it, then I will update it.

Thanks again!

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