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Nvidia GTX 470 & PSU

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November 18, 2010 7:53:55 PM

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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
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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November 18, 2010 8:17:21 PM

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.
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November 18, 2010 8:19:41 PM

Good quality power supply, shouldn't have a problem.
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November 18, 2010 8:35:00 PM

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?
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November 18, 2010 8:51:06 PM

Keepnitreal2007 said:
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?


there is a GTX460 and OC GTX460 in the chart

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November 18, 2010 8:56:08 PM

thanks a lot for all the info, I'll go for the GTX 470 :) 
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November 19, 2010 1:00:08 AM

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.
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November 19, 2010 1:03:54 AM

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.
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November 19, 2010 1:23:25 AM

Keepnitreal2007 said:
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.


that's because most people have junk PSU so they need a 650w unit just to dish out 350w of continuous power. they could have gotten a quality 500w and not have to worry about such things but why pay more for a quality 500w when you can get a 650w PSU for less and a free t-shirt! :heink: 
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November 19, 2010 1:45:45 AM

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?
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November 19, 2010 2:29:18 AM

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.
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November 19, 2010 2:35:01 AM

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?


i have the GTX 460, great card, but if you can afford the GTX 470 and play at 1080p then that is what I would go for. You plenty of power for it.
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November 19, 2010 2:36:06 AM

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.
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November 19, 2010 2:38:49 AM

Thanks CT, I will be playing most of my games at a 1600X900 Resolution
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November 19, 2010 2:41:07 AM

Keepnitreal2007 said:
Thanks CT, I will be playing most of my games at a 1600X900 Resolution



I max out my games at 1680x1050, the GTX 460 will do the trick for you.
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November 19, 2010 2:44:10 AM

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.
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November 19, 2010 2:50:50 AM

yeah its great card. I can play any game out there, MASS Effect 2, Fallout new vegas, SC2, BFBC2.

i would also look into over clocking your CPU if you can (or even as a future upgrade). it was probably limiting some of your game play with your ATI 5770
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November 19, 2010 2:57:31 AM

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
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November 19, 2010 3:01:28 AM

like the dell and I stated, your PSU should not be the reason for not getting the GTX470. now, not needing the card is a very good reason for not getting it and with your current CPU I doubt it would be a major difference between the GTX 470 & GTX 460. After a CPU upgrade, that's a different story as you can see by the chart above.
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November 19, 2010 3:14:38 AM

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!
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November 19, 2010 4:24:16 AM

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=N82E168...
or this one by EVGA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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?
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November 19, 2010 10:04:46 AM

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=N82E168...
or this one by EVGA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
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.
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November 19, 2010 1:22:55 PM

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!
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November 19, 2010 2:04:53 PM

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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