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GTX 260 on Corsair HX 520

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August 5, 2009 4:39:31 AM

Hello everyone! I just want to know if GTX 260 216 sp will perfectly work or can supply enough power on my Corsair HX 520W PSU? here are the specs of my PC:

NOTE: I do not wish to overclock anything.

Intel Q6600 G0
Team Elite 2x 2GB @ 800 MHz
Intel DP35DP
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 160GB SATA
Asus 22x DVD-RW w/ Lightscribe SATA
Asus 20x DVD-ROM Quietrack IDE
Antec 902

I also have plans on getting a X-Fi soundcard, intel P45 based motherboard and 2x2GB DDR2-1066 RAM.

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a b U Graphics card
August 5, 2009 4:40:34 AM

You should be fine, yes.
a b U Graphics card
August 5, 2009 4:53:14 AM

Q6600 running stock? That's like buying a vette to drive in the city @ 25mph, lol.

Agreed you should be fine...
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August 5, 2009 5:14:36 AM

Hehe, so a 2.4 Ghz speed will really bottleneck 260?
a b U Graphics card
August 5, 2009 5:22:07 AM

I'd bet 100 do-do droppings that you will see an increase in your synthetic benchmarks if you OC to 3.2~3.4Ghz.

August 5, 2009 12:49:53 PM

Don't fear overclocking. We OC'ers can help you. But seriously, englandr is right. Most people on a Q6600 run it a 3.0Ghz at least. I'm at 3.2Ghz and it's very stable and runs cool. I also just upgraded to a P45 so my setup could be a model for you...

Intel Q6600 Processor @ 3.2Ghz
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R Motherboard (Highly recommended!)
8GB GSkill DDR2 1066 5-5-5-15
Vista Business 64-bit
Arctic Cooler Freezer 7 Pro CPU Cooler (Got it for $31 at Newegg. It's my personal fav)
250GB Seagate Barracuda OS Drive
500GB Seagate Barracuda Data Drive
EVGA DTX 260 Superclocked Edition (Not installed yet, replacing my 8600 GT)
Antec TruePower 650W
Antec P180 Case

Here are my overclock settings. I listed the modified settings. Everything else is default.

Bus Speed: 400Mhz
Multiplier: 8x
System Memory Multiplier: 2.66x (So memory is at 1066)
CPU Core Voltage: 1.250v (just a slight bump on stock)

Here are my temperatures...

CPU @ idle: 29c-31c
CPU @ load: 48c-53c

I could probably push this to 3.6Ghz, but see no reason to because this computer screams. Do the overclock. There are great resources and tools out there to help you. You have a processor that begs to be overclocked, and it makes my head hurt to think there are Q6600's out there running stock. :) 

a b U Graphics card
August 5, 2009 2:34:18 PM

Lol, same here. I ran mine stock for 6 months before I wised up. It makes a difference and that cpu loves it...
a b U Graphics card
August 5, 2009 2:42:14 PM

You can run a GTX 275 on that PSU and it still won't break a sweat......

You have nothing to worry about.....
August 6, 2009 2:12:58 PM

Thank you guys! all of you were very accomodating compare to other sites = )

Yes, my Q6600 really begs me to OC it however I don't have enough guts to do that, and my motherboard hinders it.

Uhm since we're talking about OCing, can all of you suggest me the best motherboard for OCing my Q6600? the most cheapest you can suggest but not to the extent it can compromise quality and performance. = )
August 6, 2009 2:22:22 PM


I don't expect that freezer 7 pro can do the job even your Q6600 runs @ 3.2 GHz because it's a cheap cooler but still it performs cool! Actually, freezer 7 pro is my "want to buy" CPU cooler after I upgrade my card into 260.

And about my powersupply again, can it still provide sufficient power even if I push my Q6600 @ 3.0-3.2 Ghz?
August 6, 2009 2:24:17 PM


Did you mean GTX 275? = )
a b U Graphics card
August 6, 2009 2:57:13 PM

athan902 said:

Did you mean GTX 275? = )

Yes Sir, and thank you for pointing that out [:jaydeejohn:5]

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August 9, 2009 9:14:40 PM


Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R Motherboard. Read the reviews. I think it's the best P45 board out there.

I'm not sure I understand your comment on the Freezer 7 Pro, but my last CPU cooler was a $70 Zalman and the Freezer is almost 10C cooler. That's a big difference.

Reviews are your friend.
August 10, 2009 3:52:16 AM

athan902 said:
Hehe, so a 2.4 Ghz speed will really bottleneck 260?

Most people on this forum use this term for everything and truly do not know what it means.A q6600 at stock will not bottleneck a gtx 260but of course if you over clock you will see much improvements. A bottleneck is where it would not make a difference what video card you install you would not see a frame rate increase. I guarantee that if you take out the gtx 260 and put in a 9800+ you will see a reduction in frame rates and if you put in a gtx 285 you will see an increase in frame rates. Thus this is not a bottleneck.