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700 watts enough for new 295 gtx co-op?

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June 16, 2009 7:36:14 PM

Hello there,

My rig is:

E8400 @ 3.00 ghz processor
Intel Classic Motherboard
260 gtx oc maxcore from BFG
22" lcd Samsung Touch of Color(Playing at 1680x1050)
320 gb HD
4gb ddr2 ram 1033 mhz
StealthXstream ocz 700 watts power supply
3 fans...may include another 1 if necessary.

I want to upgrade in july the videocard to a 295 gtx co-op, but it asks to have a minimum of 680 watts power supply and 46 amps. My Power Supply is of 700 watts and x4 12v rails of 18 amps each one...giving a total of 72 amps combined. Is it ok to connect 72 amps even if the videocard asks for 46 only? Or should i only connect 2 to 6 pin and 1 to 8 pin to have 54.

The 680 watts it asks would be if i had i7, ddr3 and such right?

So....would my pc be able to handle it?

cheers

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a b ) Power supply
June 16, 2009 7:46:15 PM

Yes, your system will handle it easily although I would question your choice of using such a powerful card at such a moderate resoloution.
Connect the card correctly; I think they all use 1X6-pin and 1X8 pin, no more, no less.
June 16, 2009 8:01:18 PM

Yeah, it would work. Though with your system it would be a profound waste of money.
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June 16, 2009 8:05:01 PM

Your psu can handle the GTX295. But with 1680x1050 resolution the only games that you are going to see big performance difference from the GTX260 are crysis, crysis warhead, stalker clear sky, farcry2, cryostasis, empire total war, Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. so if you do not play some of this games there is no need to upgrade.
a b ) Power supply
June 16, 2009 8:11:34 PM

coozie7 said:
Yes, your system will handle it easily although I would question your choice of using such a powerful card at such a moderate resoloution.
Connect the card correctly; I think they all use 1X6-pin and 1X8 pin, no more, no less.


I agree that this card is likely overkill (unneeded) for this OP.

Your existing GTX 260 should be pretty good for your resolution.
June 16, 2009 8:19:48 PM

@ coozie7
Well my lcd monitor can give me a max of 1680x1050 or is there a way to get higher resolution?

@daedalus685
Im selling this rig to my brother in december(except the videocard), and buying a new rig in January:

The new rig would be:

Intel® Core™ i7 920 Processor
Coolermaster V8 CPU Cooling Fan System
EX-1200 Power Supply from BFG
6 GB [2 GB X3] DDR3-1333 Triple Memory Module Corsair XMS3 Dominator w/DHX technology More Options
500 gb HD

and switch from the old pc to this new one the 295 gtx co-op
June 16, 2009 8:26:46 PM

The system is part of the issue, but you really should buy a new display before even considering the hugely inflated cost of a 295. Otherwise the only game you will notice a difference in is 3dmark vantage (haha) and crysis.

IMO you would be much wiser to spend the cash now on a nice display (which won't be coming down in price for a little while, and will last a lot longer than a new GPU) and when you actually get the new system upgrade to a new GPU then as at the least the prices will be far lower, best case is you would be able to get a DX 11 card which willl wipe teh floor with a 295.

In any event, a new GPU is not really a great idea until you get a new display. Whether you get that now and choose to port the gpu over to the new system (though by that time you may want to get a dx 11 card), or wait until you get the new system and buy everything new then doesn't really matter.
June 16, 2009 8:34:04 PM

You just cleared my mind, i decide to stay with this rig till december and sell the rig + the 260 gtx + the monitor to my brother...so in January i can buy the new rig + "insert video card here" + which monitor size should i aim for?
June 16, 2009 8:44:00 PM

kornelax said:
You just cleared my mind, i decide to stay with this rig till december and sell the rig + the 260 gtx + the monitor to my brother...so in January i can buy the new rig + "insert video card here" + which monitor size should i aim for?


Well, monitor size is really dictated a lot more by your eyes and desk space. Try to not go below 1920*1200 resolution (or 1080P if you prefer that aspect ratio). I'd expect to start seeing some nice 22" 1920*1200 displays by the end of the year at a reasonable price.
June 16, 2009 8:47:30 PM

imo, at least a 24" but i would go for a 26 or 28
June 16, 2009 8:57:08 PM

daedalus685 said:
Well, monitor size is really dictated a lot more by your eyes and desk space. Try to not go below 1920*1200 resolution (or 1080P if you prefer that aspect ratio). I'd expect to start seeing some nice 22" 1920*1200 displays by the end of the year at a reasonable price.


Great,
I found an Acer 22" 1920*1080 (1080P HD monitor) with hdmi for $180, maybe for december it would be around $150.

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