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Evga gts 450 on sale at tigerdirect should I buy it?

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October 18, 2010 2:51:28 PM

Ok guys so recently my evga 8800 gts 320MB died on me.
It caused a load of headaches.
On top of it, my mouse died exactly at the same time the card did, and started me on a whole spree of testing every part. Started with the PSU, checked the mobo, every single piece was unplugged, cleaned, and tested.

At the end of the day, it really was JUST the video card that died (though I may get a new PSU as well). Here are my options.

The Sapphire vaporx 5770
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Vapor-X-DisplayPort-PCI-...
On sale after rebate at 144$

Next we have the eVga GTS 450
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
On sale after rebate for 120$

Finally we have the eVga GTX 460
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
On sale after rebate for ~160$

Now, I'm also thinking of getting a new power supply:
The Corsair 650W non modular
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
80$
and the modular
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
115$

the only thing troubling me there is that the non modular description says it doesn't have a 4 pin!?? What do I plug into the motherboard at the far end then?

Also, my mobo does not support pci-e 2.0 (well, they're backwards compatible, but I'll be losing performance until I upgrade).

My theoretical configurations are:
gts450 + modular corsair ~240$


or
5770 + non-modular ~230$

or

GTX 460 + non modular ~250$

also
the cheapest options:
450+non-mod ~200$


thanks in advance
-jeremiah
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October 18, 2010 2:56:31 PM

GTX 460 + non modular ~250$
Whats the rest of you PC.
If your changing the psu so as not to constrain your gpu choice, I say go for the most powerful best deal. Which is the 460.
Research that psu a little more, it must have a 4 pin, most come with a 4 pin and a 8 pin for cpu power.

At newegg: it shows : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1 x Main connector (20+4Pin)
1 x 12V(4/8Pin)
8 x peripheral
8 x SATA
2 x Floppy
2 x PCI-E
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October 18, 2010 3:07:31 PM

So you vote for the 250$ one...hmmm

I have an abit AB9Pro motherboard
Core2Duo E6420
4 sata HDDs, 3 on RAID as secondary HD, windows on one separate sata HD
4GB corsair or OCZ (not sure, has a heatsink on it that I'm too lazy to remove) mem, 1 GB kingston, set to dual channel asynchronous setup, 3GB channel 1, 2GB channel 2.
just for fun, here is my case
http://img.presence-pc.com/news/t/h/Thermalrock.jpg

thanks for your help.
I'll probably be posting on what mobo and cpu to upgrade to, soon.
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a b U Graphics card
October 18, 2010 3:36:54 PM

The 12v 8 pin splits for 4 pin P4 connectors.

I vote for the 460 too, its worth 20 bucks more than the 5770 IMO. And what's up with the purple disks on the front of that case? Where do you put your optical drives?
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October 18, 2010 3:50:25 PM

benski said:
The 12v 8 pin splits for 4 pin P4 connectors.

I vote for the 460 too, its worth 20 bucks more than the 5770 IMO. And what's up with the purple disks on the front of that case? Where do you put your optical drives?


Those are all blank cds actually.
The case is a built in disc holder :p 
Mine has sc2, civ 5, sam and max, and diablo 2 facing out on the case.
The case has several bays for the roms, but when I bought it I was really hoping that the discs could play from the front of the case. ToT
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a b U Graphics card
October 18, 2010 3:53:39 PM

Yeah when I first looked at the pic I thought it might be some fancy disk changer, that would have been cool.
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October 18, 2010 4:04:54 PM

benski said:
Yeah when I first looked at the pic I thought it might be some fancy disk changer, that would have been cool.


One day, I'll make it a reality...
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October 18, 2010 4:05:59 PM

thats the slower 460 but still about 85% as fast as the 1gb edition.

If you get an MSI you can use afterburner and set the oc on it super easy.. not sure what you do on other brands.

I have a msi cyclone 1gb and it went to 840mhz on stock voltage.
also have a msi Hawk edition 1gb and its at 920mhz with a modest voltage bump.

you can get the zotac 460 768 at newegg for 130$ currently--25$ rebate though.
http://www.logicbuy.com/search/460 (click the zotac link hit get deal for coupon code)

also try to find a good powersupply with 1 huge 12volt rail.. its an advantage.. tri and quad rail are actually not as good (IMO)
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a b U Graphics card
October 18, 2010 4:09:58 PM

Afterburner works on any brand.
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October 18, 2010 4:15:13 PM

rand_79 said:
thats the slower 460 but still about 85% as fast as the 1gb edition.

If you get an MSI you can use afterburner and set the oc on it super easy.. not sure what you do on other brands.

I have a msi cyclone 1gb and it went to 840mhz on stock voltage.
also have a msi Hawk edition 1gb and its at 920mhz with a modest voltage bump.

you can get the zotac 460 768 at newegg for 130$ currently--25$ rebate though.
http://www.logicbuy.com/search/460 (click the zotac link hit get deal for coupon code)

also try to find a good powersupply with 1 huge 12volt rail.. its an advantage.. tri and quad rail are actually not as good (IMO)


both of those PSUs are single rail and japanese transistors.
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October 18, 2010 4:16:26 PM

Its lunch hour I was going to check but my sandwich required attention :p 
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October 18, 2010 7:07:23 PM

I ended up buying the ZOTAC 460.
Gunna try to get my mom to spring the PSU for me.
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October 28, 2010 4:18:16 PM

Best answer selected by theprof00.
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October 28, 2010 4:18:55 PM

thanks everyone I ended up getting the 460 and the 650w power supply.
Now I just need a PCIE2.0 mobo :p 
cheers
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October 28, 2010 7:46:32 PM

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