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Is dual GTS 240's better then one better card?

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November 10, 2013 9:13:06 PM

I currently am running dual GTS 240's but only one of them is working. Is it better to replace and stay with the two 240's or go with one better card? Here are my specs: The power supply says it has a max of 1000 watts

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.130828-1532)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: DELL Inc.
System Model: XPS 730X
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.7GHz
Memory: 6144MB RAM
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a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2013 9:16:13 PM

I would reccomend going with a better one but you need to make sure your psu can handle it because im not sure if its 80% efficient
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a c 311 U Graphics card
November 10, 2013 9:17:00 PM

Depends on the one better card, almost anything is better than two 240s. If you can OC there are alot more cards to choose from. Got a budget here? A link to the PSU or a picture of the rating on it would help too. The sticker on the side with voltage across rails is good enough.
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November 10, 2013 9:17:40 PM

A 7750 would be as powerful as both, and costs about $70. A 7770 costs $90 and will be significantly faster (30%) than a 7750 or two 240's.
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November 10, 2013 9:26:21 PM

11909959,0,1298171 said:
I would reccomend going with a better one but you need to make sure your psu can handle it because im not sure if its 80% efficient [/quotemsg

The power supply said it had a max of 1000 watts. Any card you would recommend?

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a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2013 9:27:15 PM

What is your price budget
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a c 311 U Graphics card
November 10, 2013 9:28:26 PM

It dosent matter what the power supply says it can do if it dosent have a certification on it. 80+ bronze silver gold or platinum. As for the cards a 7770 at minimum and probably a 7870 at most unless you begin to OC. If you can get to high enough speeds you can get even a 7950 at 4+GHz.
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a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2013 9:29:13 PM

Get a 7870, they are currently at the sweet spot in the $150 neighbourhood.
And the performance is probably about 10x what the GT240 is. ( 9 levels in the GPU hierachy chart at tom's )

Or if you have more to spend, i would say up to R9 280X at $300 it is still worth it.

Your psu should be able to handle either one if it indeed is a 1000W PSU. A 500-600W will do fine.
i7 920 is still quite capable of handling todays faster GPU's.
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November 11, 2013 7:19:19 AM

Thanks everyone!!
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