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Can my PC install dual nvidia 9600GT?

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January 11, 2011 7:27:37 PM

Hi...I currently have one nividia 9600GT installed, and not sure my motherboard and power supply will suitable dual video card or not? Can anyone look at my system and tell me m I able to install dual nvidia 9600GT? or one highest performance video card , how best can up to?and How to install? Does it need to buy a special connector?

My System:
Galaxy black ATX,
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 CPU,
nVidia 9600GT 512MB PCI-E,
Scythe Katana 2 Heatpipe Quiet CPU cooler, Asrock 4Core1600-D800 Motherboard, 802.11G 54mbps wireless card, Coolermaster 460W Dual 12V Rail Power Supply, 2 x kingston 2GBPC600 DDR2 RAM, 22X Dual layer SATA DVD rewiriter, 500GB SATA 7200rpm hard dirve, Windows 7 32 bit ultimate[/b][/b]


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a b Î Nvidia
January 11, 2011 7:39:25 PM

If you can provide the model number of your power supply we could potentially help you find a better video card though. :)  That way we can look at it's specs and see what it's capable of, and help you decide if you can upgrade the video card without buying a new PSU.
January 11, 2011 7:43:00 PM

If I just want one video card? How better it can update to? give me a model suggestion. Thanx
a b Î Nvidia
January 11, 2011 7:48:16 PM

mark_8

Like I said, you need to give us the model number of your power supply. Without being able to see the actual specs on that power supply I cannot safely suggest an upgrade. I don't want to give you a suggestion that your power supply cannot handle.

Or, we can simply assume you'll be buying a video card & a power supply. We also really need to know what resolution your monitor is. This way we can make sure we get something powerful enough that isn't overkill.
January 11, 2011 7:51:24 PM

mark_8 said:
If I just want one video card? How better it can update to? give me a model suggestion. Thanx


That depends on the exact specifications for your Power supply.
January 11, 2011 8:02:10 PM

My power supply product no: RS-460-PCAP-A3
January 11, 2011 8:11:27 PM

22inch Widescreen TFT 1650 x 1080
January 11, 2011 8:22:56 PM

How about GeForce GTX 460? and does larger memory in GPU also effect power consumption?
a b Î Nvidia
January 11, 2011 9:01:14 PM

The Memory amount really means next to nothing power wise. However, there's a big difference between a GTX 460 768MB vs the GTX 460 1GB. They are not even the same video card. :)  The 1GB is the "true" GTX 460. The 768MB version is a reduced chip with less shader processors in it.

The GTX 460 1GB & ATI 6850 are very similar performance wise. However, the ATI 6850 uses less power, which is specifically why I recommended that one to you. It gives you more lee-way to use your existing power supply without problem or without upgrading. Keep in mind, the max 312W your power supply feeds to the 12V lines is also used by hard drives, CD/DVD drives, etc. So you don't want your video card soaking up the entire power flow to prevent issues. :) 
January 11, 2011 9:59:14 PM

How did you work out my pc total power consumption?
a b Î Nvidia
January 12, 2011 2:36:34 AM

I haven't worked out your PC power use. However, you can do so here:
http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

Based on the specs you listed above, and assuming you have a 120mm fan + a 92mm fan... that calculator suggests Minimum 251W PSU, but recommends a 301W PSU with the ATI 6850.

You should go through and select the details yourself though since you have a better idea of what's in your PC.
January 16, 2011 6:20:19 PM

Hi...I just bought a bit lower power consumption vido card that you told me, which is Sapphire HD5770 1GB GDDR5, but after few mins playing GTA4 the screen start to freeze either reset it self and I have to switch the screen to windows screen and come back again, it will be fine, but I need to do it every single time when I playing....I've tried to update the new diver online...but the problem still not solve?? Do you know what it maybe cause?
January 16, 2011 7:14:33 PM

How old is your power supply? The symptoms you describe could be tha 5770 is not getting enough power. The older the power supply, the less power it can deliver.
January 16, 2011 7:52:37 PM

That is what I thinking about. I bought my PC on December/2008. The power supply is 460w ( RS-460-PCAP-A3)
a b Î Nvidia
January 17, 2011 5:52:36 AM

jerreece said:
The Memory amount really means next to nothing power wise. However, there's a big difference between a GTX 460 768MB vs the GTX 460 1GB. They are not even the same video card. :)  The 1GB is the "true" GTX 460. The 768MB version is a reduced chip with less shader processors in it.

The GTX 460 1GB & ATI 6850 are very similar performance wise. However, the ATI 6850 uses less power, which is specifically why I recommended that one to you. It gives you more lee-way to use your existing power supply without problem or without upgrading. Keep in mind, the max 312W your power supply feeds to the 12V lines is also used by hard drives, CD/DVD drives, etc. So you don't want your video card soaking up the entire power flow to prevent issues. :) 


the 760mb has the same amount of shaders, but less memory bandwidth. The SE model has less shaders. http://www.nvidia.com/object/product-geforce-gtx-460-us...
January 17, 2011 7:31:09 AM

get a new psu immediately doubt the brand new gpu you bought is faulty and your power supply sounds suspect to begin with, get a quality psu that is 80+ certified and from a quality manufacturer such as antec, corsair, or seasonic with ample wattage and amps on a 12v rail. PErsonally even if you are only running one card I would shoot for a 600-650w so you leave yourself and you can pretty much run any high end card on the market. The scenario your describing sounds like a psu problem to me, I would have gone with something higher than a 5770, the 6850 sounded perfect, if you can return I wouldn't hesitate to do so in exchange for a gtx 460 1 gig, 6850, or wait a week or so for a gtx 560.... but at least get a new psu, that is not something you really want to go cheap on..
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