I posted a similar question before but I cant seem to find it. I want to get a new video card and im thinking about the 7950 GT since its a good price and it got good reviews on newegg. My current config is 2.13 duo core, 2 gigs of ddr2 667mhz cas 4, 945g asus chipset and a 430 watt Power supply. Will my computer bottleneck when using this card and is my power supply powerful enough for it? Im looking at the 256mb version
The 2.13ghz Core2 is the E6400 which is a really good processor. You could use an 8800 and not have a problem. The 7950GT isn't bad, but have you looked at the X1950's? They are better than the 7950 and either cheaper or around the same price. And yes, your PSU is questionable. Do you know the full specs of it?
Thats why I love this site theres always someone hanging around to help. Its a thermaltake toughpower and its 430 watt. It came with the computer so I dont know everthing about it sorry. http://www.xoxide.com/thermaltake-toughpower-750w-modul... Im thinking about getting this power supply but neither newegg or tiger tirect has it. There is a site called xoxide.com that has it but ive never heard of them. I did look at the 1950s but I dont really know what im looking at. I just look at the core speed, memory speed and pixel pipelines.
Is the 430 watt powerful enough to run my current config without a problem? Im going to buy the PSU and the new graphics card at the same time so im going to have to wait a week or two. I will go with the 520 watt but just so I know for the future is overkill bad for a computer?
Your current setup is fine for what you have now. Overkill on the PSU cannot hurt your computer as far as I know. You were just spending a lot of money on a PSU that had far more than you needed. If you want something a little more powerful Corsair makes a 620 watt unit that will give you plenty of headroom and not be ridiculously expensive.
When I figure out whats wrong with my computer( I already have sent the ram back hoping its a bad stick) Im checking out the 1950s like you all suggested but im not sure which brands are good and which are not. I also started checking out fans for the side of my computer. There is a vent that could have an 80mm mounted on it but im not entirely sure on how you plug it in and unplug it if you needed to get into the computer again. I read some of the reviews on the corsair 620 watt and one of the reviewers said that the fan on the bottom of the PSU blew hot air into his case. Is there a way to make the fan into an intake rather than an exaust.
Get the 7950GT as it will run fine in your current system.The only thing I would change would be the power supply.I recommend a good quality 650-700watt psu.This you'll want to do for three reasons.
1;The 7950 gt will run one the psu you currently have,it will tax it later down the road.
2;Future proof yourself.Just to make sure you have plenty of power to spare as the newest and greatest out there does use more power despite all the power saving technology.
3;If you like 1 7950GT,try running 2 of them in SLI.The performance boost is absolutely great.With two of these babies you'll power through just about any game out right now.Here is a link on 7950gt ko reviews and SLI. http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2833&p=1 .Goodluck in your decision.
AMD X2 5600+ @ 2.8ghz(stock)
M2N32-SLI DELUXE MB
2 GIGS DDR2 800 RAM
THERMALTAKE 850WATT PSU
7950GT KO(WAITING FOR MY OTHER TO COME BACK FROM RMA)
ACER 22IN. LCD
SMILIDON RAIDMAX GAMING CASE
80GIG/250gig SATA2 HD's
Don't know if this helps answer your question or not.
I've got an XFX 7950GT (512mb, XXX Edition -passively cooled) that I bought from Scan a few weeks ago for ~£150.
All seems to be well so far, but I've not really had a chance to test it properly yet. Certainly runs Half Life 2 with everything on max, but that's probably not the most demanding of games these days.
I've installed it in a Dell e520 (Core 2 Duo E6420, 2Gb 667MHz DDR2, 250mb SATA, 22" LCD). The stock Dell PSU says 305W but I'm told that the Dell PSUs take more than they're rated for.
There's an external power connector on the graphics card but it seems to be drawing enough power to work correctly from the PCI-E slot alone. Which is just as well because I've not got a spare P10 connector on the Dell PSU.
I'm sure someone will say if this is a really bad idea and that I'm about to destroy my system, but all seems to be well.
I went for the 7950Gt over the x1950XT because it's cooler and less power hungry. And it looks pretty.
I have a 7950 gt and its great. runs all my games on max, just gets to hot!! up to 90C. so make sure u have a nice sized case. also i can stably oc the core to around 630 mhz Just the ram gets hot because the cooler doesn't cover the ram. A 7600gt isnt nearly as good
My 7950 will run fear in 1080x1920 at around 48 FPS and a 7600 gt at about 12 FPS i used to have a 7600 and my 7950 eats it alive
One last thing power supply wattage is not as important as ur 12v rails. Look on the side of ur psu and make sure u have more than one 12v rail. if u only have one upgrade it. if u have two make sure its at least 14 amps per rail if so u will be fine. I used to have a 380 watt with two rails of 14 and it was fine
The 7950 is an awesome card that performs very well for its cost.It also blows the doors off the 7600 hands down.I recommend the 7950.Good price/performance and SLI is awesome with thtwo of these cards.Have fun and goodluck.
I opted for a 7950GT because of its passive cooler, somewhat better energy efficiency, supposedly lower temps, and the LIFETIME WARRANTY.
One issue that I had in my SFF case was that the GPU hit a load temp of 99C - I'm surprised it didn't fry. I bought a slot fan (Azenx) and that cooled it to a max of 76C that I've seen (airflow is limited because I installed an X-Fi card below the fan - w/o the card, it hit around 62C on load).
Check out eBay - there's an XFX 7950GT clocked FASTER than my card at a low bid right now. Also, other 7950GTs are going around $170 (w/ shipping) and NO REBATE HASSLES.