Geforce GTX260 Tags: Nvidia Geforce Graphics Product Last response: April 24, 2010 4:59 AM in Graphics & Displays Share amhowletT April 17, 2010 8:37:38 AM I have come across a Gigabyte GTX260 for sale am thinking of buying it to replace the GT230 that came with my Packard Bell iXtreme (M3730) Quad Core Q8300, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD. Will the PSU that came with the machine be able to accommodate a GTX260? Also, I will be using this primarily for MS Flight Simulator X and assume that I can expect better performance than my GT230? Some of you folks have already given me info on the GTS250, but I have now seen a GTX260 which is still within budget and I would like to hear your opinions. Many thanks, Andrew, Cape Town More about : geforce gtx260 hundredislandsboy April 17, 2010 10:07:36 AM Your CPU will become a huge bottleneck for the GTX 260. The GTX 260 needs a CPU to run about 3.6 Ghz to higher to be pushed to its full potential. You'll see a performance gain by installing a GTX 260 but you should look into overclocking your Q8300. Can you look at your PSU? There should be a label on it that states max output (watts, amps, etc...) m 0 l jsc April 17, 2010 2:21:55 PM You will need a bare minimum of 25 amps on the 12 volt rails and 30 amps would be better. This is about the least that I would feel comfortable with: Corsair 400CX (30 amp 12 volt rail) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... A good 500 - 550 watt PSU would be better. m 0 l Related resources NVidia GeForce GTX260 1792MB DDR3 - Forum EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX260 - Forum Geforce GTX260 What types better? - Forum Radeon 5770 vs. GeForce GTX260? - Forum ATI Radeon HD 4850 or nVidia GeForce GTX260 - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer ct1615 a b Î Nvidia April 17, 2010 2:32:05 PM this is a double post m 0 l amhowletT April 24, 2010 4:59:40 AM Thanks guys for replying and sorry about the double post - I am new to TomsHardware! m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources GeForce GTX260 for use on 32" LCD TV? Forum GeForce GTX260 (by gigabyte) and DVI connectors problem Forum GeForce GTX260 Core 216 Normal VS SC Edition Forum SolvedUpgrade from the GTX-260 Forum Solvedgtx260 or gt625 2gb? Forum SolvedXFX GTX260 Black Edition + XFX GTX8800 sli? Forum Solvedreplacing GTX260 advice Forum SolvedGTX260 anno 2013, how does it hold up Forum SolvedGTX260 on Z87 Motherboards Forum SolvedLooking to upgrade from SLI Gtx260, $150-200 Forum SolvedNew nVidia GFX card, replacing my GTX260 768MB, £100 budget Forum SolvedGTX760 worth adding a GTX260 Core 216 as a Physx card ? Forum SolvedION2 Vantec 520W PSU with GTX260+ Full specs provided Forum gtx260 core 216 55nm very high temperature Forum gtx260 core 216 55nm temperature issue Forum More resources Read discussions in other Graphics & Displays categories Ati GPUs Graphics Cards Gtx HD Monitors SLI Crossfire Tuner Cards Radeon Video Diamond Multimedia Matrox Nvidia Palit PowerColor Asus Games !