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Upgrading a Nvidia 5500, $150 budget

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December 8, 2010 12:49:03 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before Christmas
BUDGET RANGE: $150 soft max. I can stretch it to $175 if I have to, but would prefer not to.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: CAD/Inventor, general computing

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY:
GPU: Nvidia 5500 is all I can remember; it's old, low powered, and I lost the box.
PSU: 550 watt Hipro k-series.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
MOBO: ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
RAM: GeIL 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) x2.



PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: none.

OVERCLOCKING: no

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I may be adding a second monitor of the same resolution at a later date.

Thanks in advance.
December 8, 2010 12:57:47 AM

GTX 460/ radeon 6850

also, LOL 1GB ram sorry but you need at least 2 more like 4-6

PSU is crap get a corsair please 550w would be enough

have a nice day
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December 8, 2010 4:55:11 PM

All right, thanks. I do have 2GB of ram, working on getting the money to upgrade to four. i'm living on a student's budget, so a non-crap PSU is a non-starter.
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December 8, 2010 5:31:41 PM

For your price range and relatively high monitor resolution, I recommend the GTX460 SE 1GB model. The SE is a cheaper version of the GTX460, but it comes with 1GB of memory to run higher resolutions. You can overclock it and get really good performance. 550 watts should be enough to run it well, unless you actually have a couple hamsters on a treadmill powering your PSU.
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December 8, 2010 6:53:30 PM

You can run a lot off a 550w unit but it has to be able to foot the load. I also have a GTX460 1GB and a student my self so I know how it feels to be broke. The SE is slower but still a good card and should use roughly 15-20w less on a per clock bases if the sample is good. Performance they are about as decent as it gets. They are roughly the same performance as a GTX280/285 while costing a lot less and don't need the use of a 8pin. Just two 6pin connectors and you are set. Driver wise you are better off staying with nvidia as the drivers are stable even when they are slower than ati. I have used a fair share of ati cards so I know how they are but the newer you go with them the worse the drivers are. As for the ram don't worry 4gb is enough for most users. As for every thing else you are good but the psu is worrisome.
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December 8, 2010 7:40:25 PM

Once again if you are on a very tight budget and can't spare the extra cash then go for the SE version by EVGA. Never buy palit and they do not ensure quality of their cards.
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December 8, 2010 7:56:03 PM

get gtx 460se single slot, it has 90% of gtx 460 1gb's performance but draw only 120w in power consumption and runs as cool as 5770. plus it's gonna cost around $160 if you can wait until january.
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December 8, 2010 7:59:00 PM

cheesesubs said:
get gtx 460se single slot, it has 90% of gtx 460 1gb's performance but draw only 120w in power consumption and runs as cool as 5770. plus it's gonna cost around $160 if you can wait until january.


The single slot versions is fairly rare to be seen in retail so he/she will likely have little choice but to go with a dual slot which isn't bad at all.
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December 8, 2010 8:03:12 PM

nforce4max said:
The single slot versions is fairly rare to be seen in retail so he/she will likely have little choice but to go with a dual slot which isn't bad at all.


that's why i told him to wait til january :) 

galaxy is going to announce single slot gtx 460se in january, like gtx 460 in single slot but it will be a lot cooler.

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December 8, 2010 8:06:42 PM

cheesesubs said:
get gtx 460se single slot, it has 90% of gtx 460 1gb's performance but draw only 120w in power consumption and runs as cool as 5770. plus it's gonna cost around $160 if you can wait until january.

He's already looking at an EVGA that is available now for $150. A single slot is only necessary if the case does not have room for a dual slot card. We have not established whether that is an issue.
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December 18, 2010 1:41:01 AM

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December 18, 2010 5:05:29 AM

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