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Will an Nvidia GTX 260 work/work well with this system?

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December 3, 2009 2:57:37 PM

Ahoy there, my PC's a couple of years old now, and the 7950 GT wasn't exactly 'teh pownage' when it first came out. I want to swap it with an Nvidia GTX 260, though I'm not sure if this new-fangled technology will work properly with my slightly haggard system. Specs below:

Intel C2D E6600
Nvidia 7950 GT
2 gigs Corsair Dominator RAM
Asus P5W DH Deluxe motherboard
OCZ 550W PSU

What do people think?
a b Î Nvidia
December 3, 2009 5:07:59 PM

it should work but still i think you should double check your psu. GTX260 are more power hungry card
a b Î Nvidia
December 3, 2009 5:34:44 PM

I see no problems, unless the PSU lacks the PCI-E plugs needed, but you should be OK using one 6 pin PCI-E and one molex/PCI-E adaptor (which will come with the card), the GTX260 is not that power hungry.
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a c 87 Î Nvidia
December 3, 2009 5:36:21 PM

The 260 needs a 500w PSU with 38a 12v rail. So you are likely fine.

If you can overclock that E-6600 to ~3ghz or better you shouldnt have any bottlenecking issues.

I would upgrade to 4gb of RAM as well if you can afford it.

The E-6600 @ 3ghz or better with 4gb of RAM and a GTX260 ( core 216 hopefully ) will be a decent gaming system even if it is getting a bit dated.
a b Î Nvidia
December 3, 2009 5:49:41 PM

One other point: Which OS are you using?
If you are under Vista or Win7 the HD5770 might be a better choice, with lower power requirements it will give the PSU more spare juice to overclock (he he) as well as having the benefits of DX11 compatability.
And the system is not too bad- the E6600 can still kick some serious gaming a***!
December 4, 2009 12:02:36 AM

I'm using XP at the moment, this is just a quick upgrade to tide my system over till I get a brand new rig and go with Windows 7. As long as it's all compatible with my motherboard, (I assume so?) then we're good to go.
a c 87 Î Nvidia
December 4, 2009 12:06:16 AM

Yeah you are good.
a b Î Nvidia
December 4, 2009 1:52:31 AM

anort3 said:
The 260 needs a 500w PSU with 38a 12v rail.

Some day people will get over this kind of statement

That's a 430 watt 30 amp Antec powering :
E6850 @ 3.6
2x2 G.Skill PC2 6400
2x 160g WD's Raid 0
GTX260 SC
Peak power draw from the wall, when running OCCT's PSU test, is about 370 watts, using an 82% efficiency factor that would be roughly 303 watts DC from the psu.
That's less than a 70% load on the psu, quite acceptable, considering the psu won't be stressed as hard under normal use ( about 260 watts DC when gaming ).
December 4, 2009 2:39:39 AM

Surgery said:
Ahoy there, my PC's a couple of years old now, and the 7950 GT wasn't exactly 'teh pownage' when it first came out. I want to swap it with an Nvidia GTX 260, though I'm not sure if this new-fangled technology will work properly with my slightly haggard system. Specs below:

Intel C2D E6600
Nvidia 7950 GT
2 gigs Corsair Dominator RAM
Asus P5W DH Deluxe motherboard
OCZ 550W PSU

What do people think?



I'm currently using a GTX 260 216 shader superclocked and it runs fine on my system.

Intel Core 2 Duo E5200
4gigs of crappy ram
Some crappy Elitegroup motherboard
600 watt thermaltake purepower PSU.

You should be fine.
a c 87 Î Nvidia
December 4, 2009 3:46:56 AM

delluser1 said:
Some day people will get over this kind of statement
http://i48.tinypic.com/akzekm.jpg
That's a 430 watt 30 amp Antec powering :
E6850 @ 3.6
2x2 G.Skill PC2 6400
2x 160g WD's Raid 0
GTX260 SC
Peak power draw from the wall, when running OCCT's PSU test, is about 370 watts, using an 82% efficiency factor that would be roughly 303 watts DC from the psu.
That's less than a 70% load on the psu, quite acceptable, considering the psu won't be stressed as hard under normal use ( about 260 watts DC when gaming ).



Specs straight from the Nvidia website. Im sure they err on the side of caution. Besides I told him he was fine not that he needed a 1200w PSU or something.
December 4, 2009 3:52:38 AM

nVidia recommendations are crap. The GTX260 can be powered by a VX550W easy!
a c 87 Î Nvidia
December 4, 2009 3:57:57 AM

hell_storm2004 said:
nVidia recommendations are crap. The GTX260 can be powered by a VX550W easy!


Did you actually read this thread before posting? Nvidia recommends a 500w 38a PSU. Nobody ever even mentioned a VX550.
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December 4, 2009 4:02:24 AM

I was going through the nVidia recommendations yesterday. Most of the power recommendations were a bit bloated for me! VX550W would suffice, that's what i had to say or any other 550W with 80+ would help.
December 4, 2009 3:57:11 PM

Well, I went nosing around and found that the Radeon HD4890 might be a sexier bet than the GTX 260. Oh decisions!
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