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September 7, 2011 3:56:39 PM

Hello everyone,

My GeForce 8800 GT went south on me so I'm looking for a new video card.

I was bit involved in hardware in the past but It's been a while since I've dealt with anything so I'm bit rusty in this matter, so I'd like some advice on this.

Let's start with the parts required to know for my upgrade:

Board: GIGABYTE N650SLI-DS4

Power supply: OCZ GameXStream - 700W

My budget is $200.

Now, the card I have in mind is a GeForce GTX 560. I have these two links:

• Newegg.com: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=40000048%20600094002%20600158457&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&Pagesize=50
• Pricewatch.com: http://www.pricewatch.com/search?q=gtx+560

I do not want to go ATi, I had one in the past and I REALLY didn't like ATi at all, so I'm staying with nVidia :) 

My questions:

My board is not PCI Express 2.0, will I have any issues with the GTX 560? I wouldn't think so, but I want to confirm.
I think I have enough juice in my power supply to run the GTX 560, right?
I'd like to go with a known brand for my new video card, EVGA (although I'd like to try another brand since my last card was EVGA), MSI, ASUS, but I've seen new brands I know nothing of. Which brands do you recommend?

Any advice you could give me or your opinion(s) would be of great help.

Thanks in advance.
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September 7, 2011 4:11:19 PM

I think you'll be fine with the mobo and psu.
Evga, Asus, Sapphire, MSI, XFX ( lifetime warrenty i believe ).
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September 7, 2011 4:50:23 PM

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5

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

I know its Evga but they are a good company and they do have exceptional warrenty coverage. This card is a little bit over your budget but it does have a rebate and the spec's are good.

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5

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

This is also nice it costs more up front but has a bigger rebate to bring the cost down to the same as the other one but with higher spec's.
Your power supply is fine and the pci-e express 2.0 is the better technology so you might not utilize the full potential of the card with your MB.
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September 7, 2011 6:37:27 PM

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September 7, 2011 6:40:26 PM

Hey Inzone,

Thanks a lot for your help and information.

I think I may stick with the simple GTX 560, I may not use all that extra power for what I need though.

Thank God I don't have to buy anything else, although I may not use the full potential of the video card, at least for now while I update mobo.

Thanks again.
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