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Upgrading from a 9500GT

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November 11, 2011 8:13:53 PM

I have two 1GB nVidia 9500GT GPU's, and I have noticed that it isn't really doing it for me anymore, and also these two in SLI dont really do much. So I was going to go for the 560 Ti and use one of the 9500's for a dedicated PhysX card. If I upgrade to this, will I need a new power supply? I assume the new card will use a lot more power than just two 9500's.

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a b U Graphics card
November 11, 2011 8:31:56 PM

If you can, post your current power supply. Overall, a 560Ti will definitively use more power than two 9500GT's.
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November 11, 2011 9:06:17 PM

700w is enough, even in GTX 570. Buy a decent 700w psu.

9500gt is a ridiculous card. Ive tried that before. Even in SLI of 9500gt the single 9800gt will beat it. GTX 560 ti is a nice card, but if you have extra bucks then go for GTX 570. From 9500gt's to GTX 560 ti you will see the massive improvement then more if you go for GTX 570. :) 
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November 12, 2011 11:42:55 AM

runswindows95 said:
If you can, post your current power supply. Overall, a 560Ti will definitively use more power than two 9500GT's.


My power supply is 500w.

And in response to the other post, I don't think I would be able to get the 570 on my current budget, its a leap of almost $100. Anyways, guess I will be needing a new one so are there any things I need to know when buying one, such as the amount of pins or the type or whatever? I don't want to buy one that won't work.
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a c 273 U Graphics card
November 12, 2011 7:44:13 PM

A GTX560ti requires two six pin PCIe connections and a good 500w, 700w is just daft for a single one.
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November 13, 2011 1:20:43 AM

Mousemonkey said:
A GTX560ti requires two six pin PCIe connections and a good 500w, 700w is just daft for a single one.


So one card takes up two of my PCIe slots? Which means I won't need a new power supply then, correct?
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November 13, 2011 9:30:18 AM

anthonyjr2 said:
So one card takes up two of my PCIe slots? Which means I won't need a new power supply then, correct?

Sort of, the cards themselves are usually fitted with coolers that are two slots wide and may cover the second slot on the motherboard but the connectors I was referring to are the power ones. If your PSU is a good one then it should suffice.
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a c 88 U Graphics card
November 13, 2011 10:26:19 AM

You should be fine with a 500watt psu and a 560ti, but I wouldnt recommend adding the 9500GT as it may push your power limit
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a c 273 U Graphics card
November 13, 2011 10:31:27 AM

monsta said:
You should be fine with a 500watt psu and a 560ti, but I wouldnt recommend adding the 9500GT as it may push your power limit

It probably wouldn't, the 9500GT uses about 30 - 35w so that's about 200 - 210w total for both cards running flat out.
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a c 88 U Graphics card
November 13, 2011 10:39:15 AM

Even better.....not a bad upgrade to have then.
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a c 273 U Graphics card
November 13, 2011 10:47:14 AM

monsta said:
Even better.....not a bad upgrade to have then.

Ooh, I wouldn't go that far! :whistle:  :lol:  I actually have a 9500GT knocking about and even though I do have a couple of GTX560Ti's and an 8800GT together with a couple of PhysX enabled games, the overall experience of PhysX is so underwhelming I can't be bothered to experiment.
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a c 88 U Graphics card
November 13, 2011 10:48:23 AM

Yeah Physx aint anything to brag about is it!
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a c 273 U Graphics card
November 13, 2011 10:57:22 AM

monsta said:
Yeah Physx aint anything to brag about is it!

IMHO, no. But that doesn't mean that they have to give it to their competitor for free. :whistle: 
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a c 88 U Graphics card
November 13, 2011 10:58:55 AM

LOL
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November 13, 2011 11:47:38 AM

anthonyjr2 said:
My power supply is 500w.

And in response to the other post, I don't think I would be able to get the 570 on my current budget, its a leap of almost $100. Anyways, guess I will be needing a new one so are there any things I need to know when buying one, such as the amount of pins or the type or whatever? I don't want to buy one that won't work.



I recommend 700w it is because of some future uses. For example, you want to have an SLI of 560 ti, you don't need to buy a new PSU, 500w can't handle that. It's a waste of money.
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a c 88 U Graphics card
November 13, 2011 12:11:55 PM

Some people say a larger PSU is a waste of power and money where others argue it runs more optimal with less stress on your psu and components.
I prefer a larger wattage PSU , it runs quieter with less heat and is always ready for a GPU upgrade when I am.LOL
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a c 273 U Graphics card
November 13, 2011 12:30:21 PM

samboy09 said:
I recommend 700w it is because of some future uses. For example, you want to have an SLI of 560 ti, you don't need to buy a new PSU, 500w can't handle that. It's a waste of money.


The OP may have no intention of SLi'ng, so if the current PSU is up to the job then getting a 700w PSU would also be a waste of money at this time.
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November 13, 2011 12:37:16 PM

samboy09 said:
I recommend 700w it is because of some future uses. For example, you want to have an SLI of 560 ti, you don't need to buy a new PSU, 500w can't handle that. It's a waste of money.


From what I have seen the future of GPUs will go towards more efficiency and less power consumption. The AMD 7000 series will require a LOT less power than todays cards, almost cut in half, and having a powerful PSU yet only using 50% of its power is extremely unefficient.

however 700W might be a good compromise.
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November 13, 2011 1:18:26 PM

Xolotl_72 said:
From what I have seen the future of GPUs will go towards more efficiency and less power consumption. The AMD 7000 series will require a LOT less power than todays cards, almost cut in half, and having a powerful PSU yet only using 50% of its power is extremely unefficient.

however 700W might be a good compromise.

No, for a single GTX560 Ti it wouldn't be.
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November 13, 2011 10:00:47 PM

Alright, so looks like all I will be needing is a new card. Thanks for the help everyone, and even if I can't use my old 9500's as a dedicated PhysX, I assume the single 560Ti will be a huge improvement over them.
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