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August 16, 2010 11:47:53 AM

Hi.
I am thinking of upgrading to a 470GTX to run along my 9800GTX+ and just wanted to make sure i can do so my specs are.
I7 920 stock standard.
1 9800GTX+ stock standard.
6GBs DDR3 RAM @ 1066Mhz.
Asus P6T deluxe motherboard.
thermaltake Totalpower Qfan W0204 PSU 850 watts 62A on 12V rail.
1 large fan up top 1 large fan on the side and one smaller at the back.
Antec series 9 case.
I want to use the 470GTX with my current 9800GTX if i can because according to 2K recommended specs for physics x are exactly that.

I'm confident hardware wise ill have no problems, only thing im worried about is the heat.
while playing L4D 2 everything on max MSAA 8x system temps around 55C and i have heard 470s run extremely hot so im concerned i dont have enough cooling.
will the fans i have be enough to cool the card, water cooling ATM is not viable ATM.

also, i spoke to a hardware retailer about this and he told me if heats a problem just leave the side panels off.
is that a good idea? dust, and co wont cause any problems will it?
any help, advice will be greatly appreciated!
thanks.
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August 16, 2010 11:51:34 AM

850w is more than enough to run both of those cards and the rest of the rig with a good bit left in reserve.
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August 16, 2010 11:53:58 AM

Yes it'll be enough and you will have room left for another GTX 470.
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August 16, 2010 11:54:28 AM

thanks.
that's what i thought, how about the heat generated?
would 2 large fans and 1 small one at the back of the case be sufficient to dissipate the heat?
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August 16, 2010 11:56:13 AM

nick_89 said:
thanks.
thats what i thought, how about the heat generated?
would 2 large fans and 1 on top be sufficient to dissipate the heat?

Should be but only you will be able to tell for sure by trying it out for yourself.
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August 16, 2010 11:58:25 AM

And make sure the room in which the PC is stationed isn't warm. That should help too.
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August 17, 2010 12:42:28 PM

i got my 470GTX today, 380 Asus from TX computers. its currently running at 50C at the moment while just idling in vista with nothing open.
is it a good idea to leave one of the side panels off? that should help air circulation, but im worried dust settling on the circuitry could damage it.
good idea, or bad?
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August 17, 2010 12:45:53 PM

nick_89 said:
i got my 470GTX today, 380 Asus from TX computers. its currently running at 50C at the moment while just idling in vista with nothing open.
is it a good idea to leave one of the side panels off? that should help air circulation, but im worried dust settling on the circuitry could damage it.
good idea, or bad?


I'd say a bad idea. The air won't circulate in the case, so this isn't always a good idea. I have my HD 4850 idling around 50C too, up to 74-75C when gaming. Running about a year or more with 0 problems.
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August 25, 2010 12:07:19 PM

Hi guys me again.
I have spent the last few days playing BFBC2 and metro 2033 on my new GTX470 and everything seems to be running smoothly.
i read a few PC mafia 2 reviews today and apparently if you want to run it on max you need at least a 470 and a 9800GTX for the physX.

now here is the question can i SLI a 470 and a 9800GTX?
last time i checked you cant SLI 2 different family cards but the guy who sold me the card says you can.
will it work? just want to do my homework before i go playing around with things and end up frying my 420 dollar card!
thanks.
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August 25, 2010 12:08:47 PM

nick_89 said:
Hi guys me again.
I have spent the last few days playing BFBC2 and metro 2033 on my new GTX470 and everything seems to be running smoothly.
i read a few PC mafia 2 reviews today and apparently if you want to run it on max you need at least a 470 and a 9800GTX for the physX.

now here is the question can i SLI a 470 and a 9800GTX?
last time i checked you cant SLI 2 different family cards but the guy who sold me the card says you can.
will it work? just want to do my homework before i go playing around with things and end up frying my 420 dollar card!
thanks.

In a word, no.
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August 25, 2010 12:25:58 PM

thought so, thanks!
looks like i need to change who i buy PC hardware from, this is the 4th time MSY Auburn have given me false information!
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August 25, 2010 12:32:56 PM

nick_89 said:
i got my 470GTX today, 380 Asus from TX computers. its currently running at 50C at the moment while just idling in vista with nothing open.
is it a good idea to leave one of the side panels off? that should help air circulation, but im worried dust settling on the circuitry could damage it.
good idea, or bad?



take a look at this setup with the panel closed:

http://www.google.co.za/imgres?imgurl=http://www.build-...

with the panel closed, the air has a constant flow and dramatically reduce temperatures! opening the panel leaves chance of "hot spots" and temp damage to other components of your pc! so bad idea to open the side panel of the pc!

have you considered in using your 9800 GTx as a dedicated physx card? this will help with physx operations and is easily set up in the nvidia display settings!! great benefits in using this!!

you won't be able to Sli the two cards because of them being different GPU's but you can, by all means, run them in a multi GPU format!

and 850W is more than enough!!

just my thought

Dane
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August 25, 2010 12:34:42 PM

Dane Bouwer said:
take a look at this setup with the panel closed:

http://www.google.co.za/imgres?imgurl=http://www.build-...

with the panel closed, the air has a constant flow and dramatically reduce temperatures! opening the panel leaves chance of "hot spots" and temp damage to other components of your pc! so bad idea to open the side panel of the pc!

have you considered in using your 9800 GTx as a dedicated physx card? this will help with physx operations and is easily set up in the nvidia display settings!! great benefits in using this!!

you won't be able to Sli the two cards because of them being different GPU's but you can, by all means, run them in a multi GPU format!

and 850W is more than enough!!

just my thought

Dane


+1 to the text in bold.
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August 25, 2010 12:49:14 PM

how would i set that up?
i thought if your using 2 cards you had no choice but to SLI them.

i inserted my 9800GTX into my motherboard earlier this arvo in the 2nd PCIE slot with the 470 in the first, now for some reason i could not get a signal using the 470 only when i plugged the VGA cable into the 9800 did i get a signal.
now i removed the 9800 and still i cant get a signal on the 470.
all i did was plug in a new card and now the 470 wont work, the fan is going and everything but when i plug the VGA cable in and turn my monitor on it says signal not detected.
i even tried a HDMI cable and switched it to the HDMI input same problem.
please dont tell me i have damaged my card.
any ideas on whats going on?
thanks!
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August 25, 2010 12:54:26 PM

Have tried removing the drivers?
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August 25, 2010 1:03:53 PM

if you are using two cards of the same GPU (2 x 470), then yes, but the GPU config is different, and only multi GPU set up can be done here!!

I don't think it is the card, but maybe the motherboard! I think the motherboard has three 16X slots...have you tried mixing and matching slots...?

power connecters? are all the corresponding power connecters connected properly to your setup?

remember both cards need independent power (not from motherboard), but from direct power, from power supply......you sure you got it all right?
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August 25, 2010 2:23:52 PM

what remove the drivers for the 470? cant do that because i cant get a signal out of the stupid thing, and when i have both in there and use the 9800 as the display i go into the nvidia control panel and it can only detect the 9800, same with windows device manager.

it does have 3, i have not tried mixing and matching the slots.
ok heres how i started, my PC game built from MSY a year ago and had the 9800GTX in the first (blue) PCIE16 slot. so last week i removed the 9800 and placed the 470 in the same slot. now tonight i left the 470 in the same slot and added the 9800 in the second slot (white) than the control panel could not detect the 470 so i removed the 9800 and left the 470 in its original slot still the first one to see if it could detect it.

everything should be fine because i have not changed anything, all i did was add in the 9800 into the 2nd slot and since the 470 did not give me a signal i used the 9800 than went into nvidias control panel to have a look why and i could not detect the 470.
the only thing that has changed is i added a cable to my PSU to power the 9800 and inserted it, everything to do with the 470 has not been changed.

470 was working like a dream till i added the 9800 as soon as i added that the 470 stopped sending a signal to my monitor and stopped being detected in windows device manager and nvidias control center.
i have never seen anything like this before, ive added, swapped and changed video cards before many times with no issues.
though never with dual cards, i normally take the old one out and replace it with a new one.

when i first hooked up my monitor to the 9800GTX+ since the 470 was not working it asked me to install the drivers.
so i went to nvidias website and checked to see if the 470GTX drivers were compatible with the 9800GTX since i had already downloaded those, the site said its compatible with the 7,8,9 and 4 series GPUs so i installed it.
maybe in installing the drivers for the 9800 its maybe uninstalled the drivers on the 470, though why this would stop the 470 from sending a signal to the monitor is beyond me!

i would love to use 2 470s now but cant because there so dam expensive, and the heat.
just the 470 alone its running at 60 under full load, i add another 470 i can imagine it would increase that too much.
plus my case is really small, the PCIE slots are so close to the PSU the MB design is the worst ive ever seen!
who puts PCIE slots 5cms away from the PSU, and directly above the south bridge?
the chip sets getting so hot its directly transferring heat to my card.
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August 25, 2010 9:57:18 PM

o, BTW i forgot to mention the 9800s a gigabyte compared to the 470 which is a Asus.
dont think that would make any difference, but ive seen weirder things in the past!
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August 25, 2010 10:32:58 PM

I doubt it since its not SLi in its typical sense, Plus, so long as the specs match up it doesn't matter who manufactures SFAIK
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August 26, 2010 8:42:25 AM

Hi.
rang Asus this arvo and told them that my 470 is not sending a signal to my monitor so he said we cannot give me any info what so ever, they said they dont give support for anything but laptops.
what the? how can you not support a product you make!?

my 470GTX is still not sending a signal to the monitor.
i now have the 9800GTX in the first (blue) slot and the 470GTX in the 2nd slot (white) if i hook up a DVI cable to the 470 my monitor displays no signal detected than goes to sleep.
if i hook up my 9800GTX i get into windows than get a error message saying cannot detect card information.
go into device manager it can see the 9800GTX but not the 470, same with nvidia control panel.

I even tried installing the drivers off the disk and got a error saying no drivers for your hardware were found setup will now exit.
so i downloaded the latest drivers from Asus and again same error as trying to use the disk.

I even rang up the guy i purchased the card from and he told me to update my BIOS.
its really old 2008 in fact, so i downloaded the latest BIOS and it only has a ROM file no exe file to run the flash.
so i rang asus told them that and they said yea thats how it should be, so i asked how do i flash my bios and he said im sorry we cant give out any support for anything but notebooks.
which program can i use to flash my P6T deluxe to the latest BIOS, and would this solve my problem?
god, now i can see why people don't bother with PC gaming its no where near worth the hassle!
3 days trying to get this work, i have lost all my hair and am about to lug my PC out the window!
please help!!!!!!!
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August 26, 2010 12:19:32 PM

thats for SLI, im not using SLI, i cant because there 2 different family GPUs.
im 100% positive my bios is part of the problem that would explain why i cant see the 470 with the 9800 in there also.
as for why the 470 cant be detected by itself is another story.
how do i flash my bios on my P6T deluxe? i cant get Asus customer support to budge!
one things for sure, im never buying Asus again!
never in my 21 years on this planet have i purchased a product and the manufacture is A so rude and B 100% refusing to help!
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August 26, 2010 12:24:51 PM

nick_89 said:
thats for SLI, im not using SLI, i cant because there 2 different family GPUs.
im 100% positive my bios is part of the problem that would explain why i cant see the 470 with the 9800 in there also.
as for why the 470 cant be detected by itself is another story.
how do i flash my bios on my P6T deluxe? i cant get Asus customer support to budge!
one things for sure, im never buying Asus again!
never in my 21 years on this planet have i purchased a product and the manufacture is A so rude and B 100% refusing to help!


Go to the asus website, locate your mobo, click on it, then go to the download section. Choose your OS and it'll give you a list of what you can download (there is probably an updated BIOS).

edit-oh are you looking for ASUS Update??:D  It's a program that loads the .rom file. If i find it, i'll post a link.

Here:
http://support.asus.com/technicaldocuments/technicaldoc...

Download and follow the instructions.
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August 26, 2010 11:21:33 PM

thank you so much man your a life saver!
ill install the latest BIOS hopefully that will fix the detection issues, otherwise off to Auburn i go.
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August 27, 2010 2:22:35 AM

Hi.
i downloaded the Asus update installed it and when i go to run the program it takes ages to open than finally opens and gives me a error saying can not find bios info.
i tried uninstalling it and reinstalling it and no luck same error.
any ideas how i can rectify this?
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August 27, 2010 7:58:47 AM

nick_89 said:
Hi.
i downloaded the Asus update installed it and when i go to run the program it takes ages to open than finally opens and gives me a error saying can not find bios info.
i tried uninstalling it and reinstalling it and no luck same error.
any ideas how i can rectify this?


Yeah well when i was updating my BIOS (for P5Q SE) it also took ages to open, so don't worry 'bout that.

Now, it can't find BIOS info from the .rom file? Or, is it something else? Make sure that you follow the instuctions on the link i posted. Also, try downloading the file again, and make sure you selected the right mobo model.
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August 27, 2010 9:51:16 AM

yea its definitely the correct BIOS since ive downloaded it a few times, but i dont get that far.
i dont get select the bios or where to get it, i get the error before the thing opens, you know how it comes up with the drop down menu to ask you which option you want? ( if you want to use the internet, or bios you have on your hard disk ect ect?) i get the error before that comes up.
i just open the program, do nothing but open it and i get that error.

also i took the card back today, the retailer confirmed it was dead so gave me a new one.
he hooked it up in his computer no problem, but with my comp same thing as before.
i tried maybe 6 times with a DVI cable and no signal, so i tried a HDMI to DVI adapter and HDMI cable to my monitor and same thing.
so than i went back to the DVI cable tried a few times, than last time same thing no signal BUT i got into windows.
i know this because 1 i heard the vista log in and 2 i have a G17 keyboard and on its screen i can see FRAPS running, and i can see the system clock and everything else you can access with that screen.
so im lead to assume my comp sees the card even though device manager nor nvidia control pannel can see it, but i have no clue!
i get into windows but can not get my monitor to recognize the card.

i thought maybe its my monitor, maybe a incompatibility issue, but the 470 did work originally.
only after a week when i added my 9800 did i have this problem.
any ideas?
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August 27, 2010 10:25:37 AM

If you can try with a different OS. (Win 7)
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August 27, 2010 11:29:43 AM

OMG i fell like such a dunce!
i found the problem, one of the power cables were loose fixed that up and BAM she worked.
but as usual, fix one problem another one rises!
now once i boot into windows vista 64 bit i sign in and about 30 seconds after i sign in the first time i got a green screen, than a no signal detected and the monitor went to and stayed asleep.
so i rebooted same thing but this time a blue screen and the monitor did not go to sleep just stayed blue.
not the blue screen like the pics in google, these screens had no text and the blue one was not a dark blue more of a light blue.
any ideas?
god this is driving me nuts, fix one problem and another arises!
i want to try windows 7 but i dont have it, only OS i have is vista so unfortunately i cant try anything else.
any idea what these screens mean?
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August 27, 2010 12:32:34 PM

nick_89 said:
OMG i fell like such a dunce!
i found the problem, one of the power cables were loose fixed that up and BAM she worked.
but as usual, fix one problem another one rises!
now once i boot into windows vista 64 bit i sign in and about 30 seconds after i sign in the first time i got a green screen, than a no signal detected and the monitor went to and stayed asleep.
so i rebooted same thing but this time a blue screen and the monitor did not go to sleep just stayed blue.
not the blue screen like the pics in google, these screens had no text and the blue one was not a dark blue more of a light blue.
any ideas?
god this is driving me nuts, fix one problem and another arises!
i want to try windows 7 but i dont have it, only OS i have is vista so unfortunately i cant try anything else.
any idea what these screens mean?


And this is not happening with the 9800 right?
Hell, i don't know nothing anymore :o 

And you say you can't try a different OS.... what OS did the retailer's computer had? (when he tried the GTX470 and worked w/o problem)

Or it's your monitor maybe.........
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August 27, 2010 2:43:43 PM

he had vista too.
its really weird i sign into my fathers account no problems i can do whatever i want no blue screen. but as soon as i sign into my account i get the problem.
its really weird i installed the card no problem, installed the drivers and ever since i installed the new drivers im having this problem.
im starting to think it might be a driver issue.
but if its a driver issue why would it be working in my fathers account and not mine?
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