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Upgrade from a GTX 260

Hi all,

I'm looking to upgrade my old gaming desktop, probably in the video card department.
Current spec 2.6 ghz i5-750, 6gig ram, GTX 260.
I'm wondering if it is worth going to something like a GTX 760, or would that be overkill given the processor?
On a related question...the GTX 260 claims a power draw of 180w while the 760 draws 160w. Both cards recomend a 500w power supply. My system has been running stable on the GTX 260 with a 350w supply (thanks Dell...). Do I really need a 500w supply if the new card draws less power than the old one?

Thanks!
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  1. talk about a system starved for power.
  2. Yes it's worth it to upgrade to the 760. But you need to upgrade your PSU. Since it's already old and you're putting a new GPU, it might not be enought. Don't wait for it to blow and burn all your parts, including your new GPU.
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    Hi,

    I do believe you would have a light to moderate system bottleneck if you put the 760 in, but its possible to justify the upgrade as you can still expect significantly better game performance.

    I'm pretty shocked you haven't had any issues running the GTX 260 with that PSU. It makes me wonder if you've ever really run it at total draw power for extended periods of time.

    Despite the lower TDP on the 760, if you do upgrade @ 250 USD, for an extra 20% cost, its worthwhile to upgrade to a reasonable PSU. Solely for the peace of mind that you won't risk frying the new card and/or the rest of your system when that wimpy PSU you've been torturing goes boom.
  4. adimeister said:
    Yes it's worth it to upgrade to the 760. But you need to upgrade your PSU. Since it's already old and you're putting a new GPU, it might not be enought. Don't wait for it to blow and burn all your parts, including your new GPU.


    +1 to that. And your CPU is ample - it's an excellent processor.
  5. even my old 9800 gt require more power. U need quality 500w psu and 760 bottleneck is not huge
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