Nvidia GTX 470 & PSU

Hey guys, I upgraded my computer a few months back and purchased an ATI Radeon HD 5770 along with a new CORSAIR 550W PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004
I am not pleased with the ATI Radeon HD 5770 at all and want to upgrade to a Nvidia Geforce GTX 470
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130550&cm_re=nvidia_geforce_gtx_470-_-14-130-550-_-Product
The minimum requirement for the card is a 550W PSU and I was wondering if the PSU I had purchased would suffice. Any responses would be great. Thanks in advance!
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  1. Also wanted to mention I am running a system with an AMD Athlon (tm) II X2 215 Processor (2CPUs), ~2.7GHz and have 4GB Ram.
  2. Good quality power supply, shouldn't have a problem.
  3. Thanks so much everyone! I'm hoping I can finally get the Graphic Power I have been hoping for! Is the GTX 470 much better than the GTX 460?
  4. thanks a lot for all the info, I'll go for the GTX 470 :)
  5. Hey again, sorry if I'm being a pain. I looked around the internet and I saw a few forums where people were recommending a 600-750W PSU for this card. I just want to be absolutely sure before I place my order because money is a bit on the tight side at the moment and I would be devasted if any permanent damage were occur to my computer.
  6. You've got a fairly low end system, so again, it shouldn't be a problem.
    If you have doubts go for the GTX460 and clock the snot out of it, it will just about match a stock 470 while drawing less power.
  7. Yeah, that's true delluser. I have a pretty basic system. I'm not sure how to go about overclocking graphics cards as I'm still somewhat new to all of this. I guess those free t-shirts are appealing huh ct? haha. I know corsair is an excellent brand PSU and I'm hoping it would be able to handle the load. I would love to place my order soon, so in your opinions GTX 460 or GTX 470?
  8. Keepnitreal2007 said:
    Yeah, that's true delluser. I have a pretty basic system. I'm not sure how to go about overclocking graphics cards as I'm still somewhat new to all of this. I guess those free t-shirts are appealing huh ct? haha. I know corsair is an excellent brand PSU and I'm hoping it would be able to handle the load. I would love to place my order soon, so in your opinions GTX 460 or GTX 470?

    It's not the art it used to be, many video card manufacturers provide overclocking software, if not the software from one works with others.
    Click the more information link under my nic and check my config, it puts a 400 watt load on my 550w psu when gaming.
  9. Ah I see I will have to look into it eventually. Sounds like you can get a lot more power out of your card by doing this.
  10. Thanks CT, I will be playing most of my games at a 1600X900 Resolution
  11. ok great! and I greatly surpass the minimum power supply recommended for this card. You are very happy with the GTX 460? Sorry again for being a pest lol I just want to make sure i make the right decision, its a lot of money to be spending.
  12. Ok awesome! I really want the GTX 470 and i can afford it but like I stated earlier I'm nervous because i have the exact minimum 550w PSU requirement
  13. Thanks so much CT. I'm going to go with the GTX 460. It will save me some money and still seems to be an awesome card! I really appreciate everyones help!
  14. I have one final question and then I promise I won't ask anymore lol. I'm definitely getting the GTX 460 but I was wondering if I should purchase this one by MSI
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127510&cm_re=gtx_460_1gb-_-14-127-510-_-Product
    or this one by EVGA
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130566&cm_re=gtx_460_1gb-_-14-130-566-_-Product
    I also noticed in the title for the MSI card that there is an "OC" does that mean its overclocked and if so does that drastically change any of the requirements?
  15. Keepnitreal2007 said:
    I have one final question and then I promise I won't ask anymore lol. I'm definitely getting the GTX 460 but I was wondering if I should purchase this one by MSI
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127510&cm_re=gtx_460_1gb-_-14-127-510-_-Product
    or this one by EVGA
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130566&cm_re=gtx_460_1gb-_-14-130-566-_-Product
    I also noticed in the title for the MSI card that there is an "OC" does that mean its overclocked and if so does that drastically change any of the requirements?

    Yes , the MSI has a slight factory overclock,so does the EVGA
    The MSI is pretty nice deal with the $25 rebate
    I think the EE cards run hotter, not sure though, that one does have a lifetime warranty if registered in 30 days.
    Overclocking does add to the power draw, but not so much so that you would need to be concerned about it.
    Now to make it more confusing
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121389
    Clocked higher than both of the above ( and the blue matches my Asus motherboards , never used to let aesthetics play a part in my decision )

    Choose the one that you like.
  16. Thanks Dell, I think I'm going to go with the MSI because it seems to have a lot more positive reviews than the EVGA. That blue one is very nice!
  17. I have Antec Earthwatts 500W (an older model, not the new black ones) with 17A on each 12V rail (34A combined). Is this enough to power a GTX470? I have i5 750... not sure how much power that's taking up.
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