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HD 5850 or GTX 470 (PSU enough) HELP!

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
August 15, 2010 5:12:18 PM

Hello forms this is my first time posting!

I have built myself a new rig and the only thing left to upgrade is my GPU. My current specs are:

Case: CoolerMaster HAF X
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55 WS
CPU: i5 760 @ 2.8GHz
GPU: 8800 GTX (768mb)
RAM: G.Skill 8 gigs DDR3 PC-1333, 10666
Audio: Audigy Gamer X
PSU: OCZGXS600 (600 watts, 4 18 amp +12 rails)

I have been using Nvidia my entire life and have never put a ATI card in my personal gaming rig before. I like Nvidia and I also my want to take a CUDA coding class in the next year. I'm not worried about heat either my case keeps anything cool. I'm worried though that my PSU will not handle the GTX 470's power or amperage needs. Thus I find the HD 5850 would be a much "Safer" bet in that department. I'm really only using this rig to play Valve based games like HL2, StarCraft 2, and Diablo 3 when it come out.

Do you guys/gals think that my computer can run a single GTX 470? I have looked all over for reviews of both and found a lot of conflicting info on the power usage of the GTX 470.

Here are the two cards I'm looking at:

GTX 470 -->

HD 5850 -->

Thanks to anyone that can help me with this issue! :) 

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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2010 1:46:47 AM

I say a tentative yes, because a 470 is asking for 550 on a pretty decent rig, which I believe your setup is.