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July 15, 2013 7:31:23 PM

Okay, so I'm totally new to PC customization and have always wanted to boost my now 5 year old tower. It's a business class running XP SP3 with only 3 GB RAM and some lame ati radeon hd 3400 series GPU. It's only running on 350 watts in the PSU, but I'm replacing it along with the GPU. My question here is, if I go with a Corsair 600W PSU and an EVGA GeForce GTX 760 with the ACX cooling fan setup, would it be funtional? Keep in mind I don't currently plan on purchasing some extra fans (the reason I went with this particular model of GPU). The current CPU is an Intel Core 2 Duo, so obviously there's going to be some bottlenecking before I replace it with something along the lines of an i5, but will it work with the current fan setup and the Vostro's motherboard with the 600W supply?

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July 15, 2013 8:19:51 PM

Celtic47 said:
Okay, so I'm totally new to PC customization and have always wanted to boost my now 5 year old tower. It's a business class running XP SP3 with only 3 GB RAM and some lame ati radeon hd 3400 series GPU. It's only running on 350 watts in the PSU, but I'm replacing it along with the GPU. My question here is, if I go with a Corsair 600W PSU and an EVGA GeForce GTX 760 with the ACX cooling fan setup, would it be funtional? Keep in mind I don't currently plan on purchasing some extra fans (the reason I went with this particular model of GPU). The current CPU is an Intel Core 2 Duo, so obviously there's going to be some bottlenecking before I replace it with something along the lines of an i5, but will it work with the current fan setup and the Vostro's motherboard with the 600W supply?


Actually , inside a Closed single fan box like yours it is better to get the standard blower cooling fan that blows the air outside the case , and GET the 4G Version , incase later you decide to SLI another one and us 3 screens when you upgrade.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you dont need 600W for your GTX 760 , you just need 500 WATTS.



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July 15, 2013 10:19:45 PM

sna said:
Celtic47 said:
Okay, so I'm totally new to PC customization and have always wanted to boost my now 5 year old tower. It's a business class running XP SP3 with only 3 GB RAM and some lame ati radeon hd 3400 series GPU. It's only running on 350 watts in the PSU, but I'm replacing it along with the GPU. My question here is, if I go with a Corsair 600W PSU and an EVGA GeForce GTX 760 with the ACX cooling fan setup, would it be funtional? Keep in mind I don't currently plan on purchasing some extra fans (the reason I went with this particular model of GPU). The current CPU is an Intel Core 2 Duo, so obviously there's going to be some bottlenecking before I replace it with something along the lines of an i5, but will it work with the current fan setup and the Vostro's motherboard with the 600W supply?



Actually , inside a Closed single fan box like yours it is better to get the standard blower cooling fan that blows the air outside the case , and GET the 4G Version , incase later you decide to SLI another one and us 3 screens when you upgrade.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you dont need 600W for your GTX 760 , you just need 500 WATTS.








I honestly don't plan on using multiple screens, and I never quite liked the concept. Though on the product page on Newegg it says the card is SLI capable already, so I don't see why I'd need to get the 4GB version. Could you please explain how having one standard fan without the added cooling of the ACX version is better by the way? I thought since it's a closed tower with only one fan the extra cooling would help out.

I know I don't necessarily need the 600W supply, but I like to have a wide range of hardware options for the future without really needing to purchase a whole new PSU then. :p 
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July 15, 2013 10:27:38 PM

Celtic47 said:
sna said:
Celtic47 said:
Okay, so I'm totally new to PC customization and have always wanted to boost my now 5 year old tower. It's a business class running XP SP3 with only 3 GB RAM and some lame ati radeon hd 3400 series GPU. It's only running on 350 watts in the PSU, but I'm replacing it along with the GPU. My question here is, if I go with a Corsair 600W PSU and an EVGA GeForce GTX 760 with the ACX cooling fan setup, would it be funtional? Keep in mind I don't currently plan on purchasing some extra fans (the reason I went with this particular model of GPU). The current CPU is an Intel Core 2 Duo, so obviously there's going to be some bottlenecking before I replace it with something along the lines of an i5, but will it work with the current fan setup and the Vostro's motherboard with the 600W supply?



Actually , inside a Closed single fan box like yours it is better to get the standard blower cooling fan that blows the air outside the case , and GET the 4G Version , incase later you decide to SLI another one and us 3 screens when you upgrade.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you dont need 600W for your GTX 760 , you just need 500 WATTS.







I honestly don't plan on using multiple screens, and I never quite liked the concept. Though on the product page on Newegg it says the card is SLI capable already, so I don't see why I'd need to get the 4GB version. Could you please explain how having one standard fan without the added cooling of the ACX version is better by the way? I thought since it's a closed tower with only one fan the extra cooling would help out.

I know I don't necessarily need the 600W supply, but I like to have a wide range of hardware options for the future without really needing to purchase a whole new PSU then. :p 


if You dont plan on SLI later oe use higher than 1920x1080 resolution , then you dont need the 4G version.

and about the card cooling design , the single blower design , pulls in cool air from the case and push it outside the case without the hot air moving into the case warming it up , the plastic cover over the card prevent hot air from escaping into the case and forces it outside the case.

the open 2 or 3 fans will cool the card right , but the hot air will be inside the case , and the rear fan will pull it out, this increases in temps inside the case ...

such 2x or 3x open fans design needs a case with front fan to bring in cool air and one or two upper fans to take the hot air fast outside the case.

if you look at professional workstation cards sold for the business, they are all the blower design , it is standard and better. the same for the Mac edition if you saw them.

I am not saying that the card you chosen would not work . I am just saying the IDEAL solution for a closed case with only one fan on the back.
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July 15, 2013 11:05:52 PM

sna said:
Celtic47 said:
sna said:
Celtic47 said:
Okay, so I'm totally new to PC customization and have always wanted to boost my now 5 year old tower. It's a business class running XP SP3 with only 3 GB RAM and some lame ati radeon hd 3400 series GPU. It's only running on 350 watts in the PSU, but I'm replacing it along with the GPU. My question here is, if I go with a Corsair 600W PSU and an EVGA GeForce GTX 760 with the ACX cooling fan setup, would it be funtional? Keep in mind I don't currently plan on purchasing some extra fans (the reason I went with this particular model of GPU). The current CPU is an Intel Core 2 Duo, so obviously there's going to be some bottlenecking before I replace it with something along the lines of an i5, but will it work with the current fan setup and the Vostro's motherboard with the 600W supply?



Actually , inside a Closed single fan box like yours it is better to get the standard blower cooling fan that blows the air outside the case , and GET the 4G Version , incase later you decide to SLI another one and us 3 screens when you upgrade.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you dont need 600W for your GTX 760 , you just need 500 WATTS.







I honestly don't plan on using multiple screens, and I never quite liked the concept. Though on the product page on Newegg it says the card is SLI capable already, so I don't see why I'd need to get the 4GB version. Could you please explain how having one standard fan without the added cooling of the ACX version is better by the way? I thought since it's a closed tower with only one fan the extra cooling would help out.

I know I don't necessarily need the 600W supply, but I like to have a wide range of hardware options for the future without really needing to purchase a whole new PSU then. :p 


if You dont plan on SLI later oe use higher than 1920x1080 resolution , then you dont need the 4G version.

and about the card cooling design , the single blower design , pulls in cool air from the case and push it outside the case without the hot air moving into the case warming it up , the plastic cover over the card prevent hot air from escaping into the case and forces it outside the case.

the open 2 or 3 fans will cool the card right , but the hot air will be inside the case , and the rear fan will pull it out, this increases in temps inside the case ...

such 2x or 3x open fans design needs a case with front fan to bring in cool air and one or two upper fans to take the hot air fast outside the case.

if you look at professional workstation cards sold for the business, they are all the blower design , it is standard and better. the same for the Mac edition if you saw them.

I am not saying that the card you chosen would not work . I am just saying the IDEAL solution for a closed case with only one fan on the back.


Okay, thanks a bunch. I want a good modern card, but I want it to not, say, burn into hot processor chunks while in use, so thank you.
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July 16, 2013 7:00:31 PM

If you are interested in CPU upgrade let me know, you can place quad there, but not i5!

Also there is only one PCIE slot, so no SLI here



Cooling this case is a pain, only one exhaust fan



and there is no place for front intake fan, crap



So inside parts must be cooled down on their own! Or else.

If you interested in CPU upgrade let me know.
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