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GTX260 power, 5770 OEM cards

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December 6, 2009 7:37:28 PM

Hi

I'm considering buying a Radeon 5770 or a GTX260. Im swaying toward the 5770 at the moment beacuse i'm not entirely confident that my OCZ 500W PSU will be sufficient and concerns that the thing may not physcially fit in my case. The rest of my system is a Gigabyte EP43-DS3L motherboard and an E7400 mildly overclocked to 3.33GHz, 3 HDDs and not much else. The PSU label is http://www.ocztechnology.com/drivers/500wchart.JPG. Do you rekon this would work ok? It does have the required 2x6pin power connectors but they are not on seperate channels, they are electrically chained together/in paralllel

Second, looking at Radeon 5770s I see that I can get an "OEM" one for about £115, or an XFX one for a bit more, or a sapphire one for a little more more still! Is there any real difference between OEM and branded cards like sapphire or XFX other than bundled software and a snazzy shroud?

Thanks
a c 376 U Graphics card
December 6, 2009 8:07:34 PM

OCZ is pretty decent brand I would think it could handle a GTX 260, I dunno about fitting in your case though. I would go with the HD5770 for the power efficiency and DX11 myself.
OEM means you get only the card. The driver disc should be ignored in any case in favor of DLing the latest one.
a c 107 U Graphics card
December 6, 2009 8:10:33 PM

The 5770 will use less power and is a DX11 card. Anyway, if you want to go with the more power hungry GTX260 your PSU should be o.k.
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December 6, 2009 9:26:02 PM

jyjjy said:
OCZ is pretty decent brand I would think it could handle a GTX 260, I dunno about fitting in your case though. I would go with the HD5770 for the power efficiency and DX11 myself.
OEM means you get only the card. The driver disc should be ignored in any case in favor of DLing the latest one.


Oh ok thats good news then! So there is nothing inferior in any way about an OEM card.. they dont bin them with the "worst" or less overclockable memory, lower than standard speeds etc or anything like that?
a c 376 U Graphics card
December 6, 2009 9:30:35 PM

Nah, it just refers to whether you get the box, manual, ect or just the card.
a c 233 U Graphics card
December 7, 2009 12:17:14 AM

Four things to consider after reading this:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...

1. Will it fit ? Measure the distance with a tape measure from your slots to the hard disk cage. If it's > 10.5" a 260 will fit.

2. PSU Capable. Use this to "do the math" http://www.antec.outervision.com/

3. How long before your next build / GFX card upgrade. If later than XMas 2011, future proofing w/ DX11 makes sense.

4. How you feel about tesselation (DX11's big visual feature) versus PhysX. If ya not sure, check these out:

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2356196,00.a...
http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/batman_arkham_asylu...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/batman-arkham-asylu...



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