NVIDIA`s GTX 280 and FSP Blue Storm II 500W ?!

Hello,
Can someone tell me if a FSP Blue Storm II 500 W PSU is enough for a GTX 280 in an Intel C2D E4300 OC based rig ?

Thank you in advance, and hope to find the right answer, `cause I am waiting to make an upgrade from a Leadtek 8800 GT ZL Superclocked (742 MHz - GPU, 2200 MHz - GDDR, 1836 MHz Shaders) to a EVGA or XFX GTX 280 standard to be OC.

Cheers,

C.
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  1. From what I see it should be fine. xbitlabs reports the GTX280 only pulling ~180W directly.

    How much are you getting the GTX280 for?
  2. shadow187 said:
    From what I see it should be fine. xbitlabs reports the GTX280 only pulling ~180W directly.

    How much are you getting the GTX280 for?



    Thanks !

    I have to choose between an EVGA or XFX GTX 280, both around $175, of course without warranty, not new.

    What do you think, eVGA or XFX ?
  3. That is way too high a price for me considering that the GTX460/HD6850 is available for 20-25 dollars more!
  4. Maximal_Xen said:
    Thanks !

    I have to choose between an EVGA or XFX GTX 280, both around $175, of course without warranty, not new.

    What do you think, eVGA or XFX ?


    Sorry to get you off-track here, but you're paying too much for outdated technology.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908&cm_re=6850-_-14-102-908-_-Product

    That card is cheaper, cooler, faster, uses less power, and is much, much newer. The coupon ends today; a $155 HD6850 is an extremely good deal.

    The HD5850 is also coming down hard in price, check these out.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121370&cm_re=5850-_-14-121-370-_-Product <-- Custom-cooled, probably the best variant of the HD5850 out there. Very good price AR.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131386&cm_re=5850-_-14-131-386-_-Product <-- Also custom-cooled, looks to be a decent cooler. Very good price.

    Both cards will outperform the GTX280 and are much newer. If you want to stick with nVidia, the GTX460 is also a good option. Its performance is very similar to the HD6850, however both cards are a bit inferior to the HD5850.
  5. hell_storm2004 said:
    That is way too high a price for me considering that the GTX460/HD6850 is available for 20-25 dollars more!



    Thank you hell_storm2004, it seems I was misinformed, or the prices from my country are way off the standards. They are ripping us out in here, with those high prices.

    By the way, i live in Romania :ouch:
  6. shadow187 said:
    Sorry to get you off-track here, but you're paying too much for outdated technology.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908&cm_re=6850-_-14-102-908-_-Product

    That card is cheaper, cooler, faster, uses less power, and is much, much newer. The coupon ends today; a $155 HD6850 is an extremely good deal.

    The HD5850 is also coming down hard in price, check these out.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121370&cm_re=5850-_-14-121-370-_-Product <-- Custom-cooled, probably the best variant of the HD5850 out there. Very good price AR.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131386&cm_re=5850-_-14-131-386-_-Product <-- Also custom-cooled, looks to be a decent cooler. Very good price.

    Both cards will outperform the GTX280 and are much newer. If you want to stick with nVidia, the GTX460 is also a good option. Its performance is very similar to the HD6850, however both cards are a bit inferior to the HD5850.


    Thank you Shadow187 for your advices, I will take them into consideration for my final decision.

    Cheers
  7. Maximal_Xen said:
    Thank you hell_storm2004, it seems I was misinformed, or the prices from my country are way off the standards. They are ripping us out in here, with those high prices.

    By the way, i live in Romania :ouch:

    Oh... Romania! You must be on Euro right?
  8. hell_storm2004 said:
    Oh... Romania! You must be on Euro right?


    Yeap !
  9. Oh...I think the HD6850 would be available under 170 euros... i am just guessing this. If it is the case... then i think you should get it rather than the old piece of card that you are getting.

    How much in Euros you are getting it.

    P.S. - Its always better to mention price in your own currnecy. Conversions always lead to confusion as converting currency directly using the rate of exchange doesn't always add up!
  10. Indeed, use your standard currency so that we know ~which price range the cards are in. Different currencies have much different prices.

    As a side note, mousemonkey would be pointing and laughing at me :whistle:
  11. hell_storm2004 said:
    Oh...I think the HD6850 would be available under 170 euros... i am just guessing this. If it is the case... then i think you should get it rather than the old piece of card that you are getting.

    How much in Euros you are getting it.

    P.S. - Its always better to mention price in your own currnecy. Conversions always lead to confusion as converting currency directly using the rate of exchange doesn't always add up!



    Hello, well now I`m thinking on buying an MSI GTX 460 1GB Hawk Talon Attack for 203 euros, what do you think about that? :sol:

    And another question, digging out the old question here :D, my Blue Storm II 500 W it will support the MSI GTX 460 ?
  12. That is a great card. Other cards you may want to have a look at are the HD6850 and the HD6870. Look up these reviews to know more. The HD6850 is a better overclocker than the HD6870. That is one info i can provide you with. Also your PSU, would be able to handle the card that you mentioned and also the two cards that i mentioned as well.
  13. hell_storm2004 said:
    That is a great card. Other cards you may want to have a look at are the HD6850 and the HD6870. Look up these reviews to know more. The HD6850 is a better overclocker than the HD6870. That is one info i can provide you with. Also your PSU, would be able to handle the card that you mentioned and also the two cards that i mentioned as well.


    Thank you very much hell_storm2004, for your helping advices !
    I`ve done my research to find that MSI GTX 460 Hawk TA is the best of its class, rivaling with GTX 470 in many tests, even beats it on the tests of power consumption/noise/temperature/performance field !
    From what i`ve seen the HD 6850 is a great card too, with good overclockability, but here in my country, the difference of price is small ( no more than 20 euros ) and I prefer nVIDIA. Why nVIDIA ? Because it has Native Physics technology inside, and as you know I don`t have a quad core, and can`t afford burden my E4300 Core 2 Duo with the physics load.

    By the way, do you think an Q6600 C2Q is a good upgrade from my E4300 C2D OC`d @ 3150 MHz, as my MoBo supports only 1066 FSB, it is worth it in my gaming performance ? ( and I can`t jump higher to an Q8300 `cause is running on 1333 FSB )

    Cheers,

    C.
  14. Anything >Q8400 is a good upgrade. I wouldn't say Q6600 is an amazing upgrade.
  15. hell_storm2004 said:
    Anything >Q8400 is a good upgrade. I wouldn't say Q6600 is an amazing upgrade.


    Ok then, I will keep my CPU, step`up to the MSI GTX 460 Hawk TA and see how it works.

    Thanks, have a good day !
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