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GTX 560 Ti upgrade questions

Hello, I am looking at upgrading from my current card, a gtx 260 (OC and 1.8gb memory) and I am fairly certain that I have settled on the 560 ti. I have an alienware aurora with a i7 920 and what I am fairly certain is a 500W psu. My questions are recommendations on brands of the card (I am thinking EVGA DS model) as well as double checking my psu's compatibility. Thanks guys.
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  1. EVGA, Sapphire, Asus, MSI, XFX, all good brands. 500W is ok. Been looking for the psu, Alienware ( the new ones ) starts from 525W on.
  2. GreenDutchAlien said:
    EVGA, Sapphire, Asus, MSI, XFX, all good brands. 500W is ok. Been looking for the psu, Alienware ( the new ones ) starts from 525W on.

    XFX & Sapphire for AMD only.
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    rferrance said:
    Hello, I am looking at upgrading from my current card, a gtx 260 (OC and 1.8gb memory) and I am fairly certain that I have settled on the 560 ti. I have an alienware aurora with a i7 920 and what I am fairly certain is a 500W psu. My questions are recommendations on brands of the card (I am thinking EVGA DS model) as well as double checking my psu's compatibility. Thanks guys.

    EVGA
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130623
    MSI Twin Frozer II (better cooling)
    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565

    and yea a 500W PSU is sufficient for the system. if you are using more PCI cards, more fans, overclocking your CPU a 600W PSU might be your best option.
  4. ilysaml said:

    and yea a quality 500W PSU is sufficient for the system. if you are using more PCI cards, more fans, overclocking your CPU a 600W PSU might be your best option.


    Fix'd.

    Check your PSU manufacturer. Considering a 560ti recommends at least a 550W, if its a quality brand you should be all set. If not, upgrade that as well.
  5. you know the Radeon 6990 is a tad more energy efficient, perhaps you won't need to upgrade PSU if you go for that :P
  6. phishy714 said:
    Fix'd.

    Check your PSU manufacturer. Considering a 560ti recommends at least a 550W, if its a quality brand you should be all set. If not, upgrade that as well.

    nVidia recommends a minimum of a 500W PSU
    http://www.nvidia.com/object/product-geforce-gtx-560ti-us.html
    the GPU draws about 174W at peak according to their specs, check the following link
    http://www.techspot.com/review/359-nvidia-geforce-gtx-560ti/page11.html
    Quote:
    The power consumption figures of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti were remarkably similar to those of the GTX 570, using just 4% less power when playing Crysis and 7% less at idle. With a total system consumption of 358 watts the GeForce GTX 560 Ti appears considerably more power hungry than the old GTX 460 as well as its direct competitor the Radeon HD 6870.
  7. phishy714 said:
    Fix'd.

    Check your PSU manufacturer. Considering a 560ti recommends at least a 550W, if its a quality brand you should be all set. If not, upgrade that as well.


    I will assume it is quality, since it came from alienware, although they are usually a little pricey, I have not had any major problems. Thanks for your advice and would I still be ok if I left the 260 in there or would that be pushing the envelope?
  8. ilysaml said:
    XFX & Sapphire for AMD only.


    Damn, i keep on forgetting that.
  9. rferrance said:
    I will assume it is quality, since it came from alienware, although they are usually a little pricey, I have not had any major problems. Thanks for your advice and would I still be ok if I left the 260 in there or would that be pushing the envelope?


    Dell psu's are ok.
    I would not leave the 260 in tho.
  10. Dang, I was hoping to use it for a bit of gpu programming. Also my other question is how drastic is the difference between the 560 ti oc and the 570? And for the 560 ti is the Gigabyte really that much better than the EVGA model?
  11. Almost all 560Ti boards are built from the reference architecture and with the exception of clock speed and cooling solution, are nearly identical. The 570 is faster, but the 560ti is a better performance to $$$ ratio.
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  13. Thanks guys, I ordered the EVGA 560ti superclock DS. It should be here today actually. For now I will keep out the second card and maybe up the PSU sometime down the road.
  14. Hey there I was researching doing the same exact thing to my aurora. It came with a 545 watt power supply when i ordered it two years ago with an i7 920 and a GTX 260. Can you please tell me how this goes for you? Also, can you tell me if your card is bigger in thickness compared to the 260, I have a soundblaster in there and theres no room for anything bigger GPU wise.
  15. scottyG808 said:
    Hey there I was researching doing the same exact thing to my aurora. It came with a 545 watt power supply when i ordered it two years ago with an i7 920 and a GTX 260. Can you please tell me how this goes for you? Also, can you tell me if your card is bigger in thickness compared to the 260, I have a soundblaster in there and theres no room for anything bigger GPU wise.

    It went well, I decided just to take out the old card until I up the power supply. Also the card is almost exactly the same height as the 260
  16. Thankyou, I hope the evga card is on the smaller side in comparison to alienware 260, because there is maybe a centimeter inbetween the sound and graphics card at the moment.
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