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a b U Graphics card
July 26, 2011 1:14:02 PM

Hey guys, my wife has a system that I built for her about 3 years go. We are looking to upgrade it a little bit, since she doesn't game too much, but would like to get back into it a little bit.

She has a Phenom II x2 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103680) that is unlocked to a 4 core cpu and overclocked slightly to 3.4ghz.

She also has this PSU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016)

Lastly, she is running an old 9800GT (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133304) that is starting to show its age.

Basically, I want to know what the best GPU upgrade would be without having to upgrade the PSU. She will not be overclocking the gpu at all and will also set the cpu back to stock if need be. We were looking at a 560ti that has the minimum requirements at 500w, but I don't know that it will be enough. Defenitely don't want the psu running at full load all the time.

Any suggestions?

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a b U Graphics card
July 26, 2011 2:01:37 PM

ubercake said:
The 560 ti is a good choice and won't force your PSU to run at 100% full time:

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-560-ti-review...

Even with the slight CPU over-clock, you have two 18A 12V rails with a total of 432W available on the 12V. You'll be fine.


Now is that the stock 560ti or am I able to go for any factory overclocked one? I guess it answers my own question, since oveclocking it myself has no difference in power consumption to a factory overclocked card..

Which 560ti would you recommend?
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a c 124 U Graphics card
July 26, 2011 2:08:46 PM
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Personally, due to the power situation, I'd just take what the straight-up 560 ti has to offer and keep the slight OC on the CPU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This one has a limited lifetime warranty and due to my experience with my current PNY cards, I'd recommend them no problem. Other brands I would consider include ASUS, EVGA and Gigabyte.
a b U Graphics card
July 26, 2011 3:12:59 PM

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a c 271 U Graphics card
July 26, 2011 3:28:56 PM

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