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March 30, 2012 12:38:03 PM

Best answer chosen. I chose coozie7 but Sunius also helped me out just as much :D  thank you both EDIT: changed thread title. used to be "Should/Can i use 2 graphics cards". I no longer want 2 graphics cards but i want to know what card under a 400$ budget will work on my pc and will replace my gtx 285 and be hopefully far better. Majority of specs can be found below. BTW I'm planning on buying this stuff on saturday OR ordering it on monday online so any help would be nice.


Here are my specs


a few pics of inside my pc(power supply)
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/703/img0007gq.jpg/
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http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/7/img0015qw.jpg/
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March 30, 2012 12:39:53 PM

can't see those links, my browser is blocking tinypic for some reason. Anyway, SLIing two cards does not add their memory. The total memory is still 1GB, for each card. What is your motherboard and power supply models?
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March 30, 2012 12:40:59 PM

Hmm ok well can you suggest a good card? lol
Since you cannot see the pic here are my specs

windows vista home premium
gateway fx 6801
intel core i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67 ghz
12 gigs of ram
directx 11
gtx 285 obviously :p 

I think thats everything
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March 30, 2012 12:46:39 PM

Still need power supply model :p  AND you didn't write motherboard model either.
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March 30, 2012 12:47:54 PM

Ummm honestly i am a noob at this stuff lol any idea where to find that?
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a c 291 U Graphics card
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March 30, 2012 5:35:14 PM

You'll have to open the case and take a picture of your power supply. There isn't any other way of finding that out. For motherboard: Either take pictures of the horizontal slots near your graphics card (so I know if the new card will fit) or find the original box of the PC, it should be written there.

Upload pictures to www.imageshack.us. Make sure to select the 'do not resize' option.
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a c 330 U Graphics card
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March 30, 2012 6:33:59 PM

Read the SLI FAQ! ;) 

From these specs:

http://support.gateway.com/s/desktop/2009/gateway/fx/fx...

There's no problem with the motherboard, it'll handle dual cards but there is 3 powersupplies for it, so you'll have to open the case and see which one is installed.

Have a read here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

And here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-680-rev...

The 'best graphics' was compiled before the release of the GTX680.

There is so many cards out there and many older ones are now on offer so it's difficult to make a recomendation until you give us a budget, PSU spec and monitor resolution.
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March 30, 2012 6:47:28 PM

If your PC run a single 285 (has a brutal energy consumption) and you really dont know if your machine run another, just dont try, at all. Youll need like a brutal power supply right there. And, where will you get another 285 on this time? :D  Just asking.
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March 30, 2012 8:32:09 PM

Thanks for all the responses kinda busy right now but i'm uploading the pics right now. They are sideway pics though sorry.
If i missed a picture or something let me know thanks !!!
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/703/img0007gq.jpg/
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/837/img0013zak.jpg...
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/7/img0015qw.jpg/
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/706/img0017jpt.jpg...
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/269/img0020kb.jpg/
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a c 291 U Graphics card
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March 30, 2012 9:41:28 PM

Hmm, you still didn't take a picture of the slots below the video card. If there is another one that is same as the first graphic card slot (PCI-express), then you will be able to get another card.

It all depends for how much you can get another card. I'd say it's worth it if you could get it for up to $100, because you would also have to spend another $100 for a decent power supply, as your current one is a generic PSU (afaik).

I'd suggest this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you decide not to get a second card, but go with a single card solution, you could get very nice upgrade from HD7870 or HD7850 (more than another GTX 285, and you could keep your power supply).

HD7850 costs around $260, while HD7870, being around 20% faster, costs $360.

It all depends on your budget and for how much you could get another GTX 285.
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March 30, 2012 9:50:42 PM

I think i want to get a new card and just use 1. Seems like the best choice for me. both of those cards look nice.Btw i use dual link dvi to mini display port converter so can i use DP? i prefer 120hz
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March 31, 2012 5:43:04 AM

Ok sorry to double post. my budget is around 400$ so i will go for the HD7870 i think. I just want to make sure it will work 100% fine with my power supply and my displayport and if i will need maybe a extra fan? I dont want to waste all that money if it wont work properly lol :p 

Also does what company or whatever matter? like asus, gigabyte, saphire etc?
Sorry for asking so many questions
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a c 330 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
March 31, 2012 12:21:36 PM

There should be no problems with a HD7870/50 on your existing PSU-neither draws as much juice as the GTX285 you're currently using.
Check with the monitor maker/supplier, you may need to get an adaptor to use the displayport (unless you mean DVI, in which case it's just plug and go).
Even the reference cooler is quiet and efficient but if you want even quieter and colder, cards with dual fan coolers are available and I'd go for one of those.
If you are worried about heating, do n't be, as long as the case has at least one good exhaust fan you'll be fine. FYI I'm using a HD6950 with a dual fan cooler (VF3000A) in a Antec 200 case with just one exhaust fan, the side panel and top fans are blocked off and have no problems with heating.
Maker is, to me, unimportaint but the three you mention are all reputable, so just get the cheapest/coolest/quietest/most freebies as you see fit.
Eienstien said; never stop questioning.
Your CPU heatsink needs a clean ;) 
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March 31, 2012 12:26:15 PM

rvdman306 said:
Ok sorry to double post. my budget is around 400$ so i will go for the HD7870 i think. I just want to make sure it will work 100% fine with my power supply and my displayport and if i will need maybe a extra fan? I dont want to waste all that money if it wont work properly lol :p 

Also does what company or whatever matter? like asus, gigabyte, saphire etc?
Sorry for asking so many questions


GTX 285 uses more power, and creates more heat. So you won't have problems with HD7870.

I'd personally recommend this card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It has nice cooling and a hefty factory overclock, which will increase the performance. It has 4 outputs: 1 HDMI, 1 DVI and 2 mini DisplayPorts. You may use which ever you prefer.
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March 31, 2012 6:05:06 PM

@coozie Thank you for clearing up some worries i had :D  btw i have a samsung s23a750d with hdmi and DP :)  120hz FTW! oh and i will clean my heatsink ASAP.
@Sunius also Thank you. Thats pretty much exactly what i want. :D 

Gonna make my order today :D  Thanks everyone who has helped me even in the slightest way :D 
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a c 291 U Graphics card
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March 31, 2012 6:38:31 PM

No problem, glad to help!
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March 31, 2012 7:18:57 PM

1 more thing. Newegg.com or amazon.com? I want this card here as quick as possible and both have a fast shipping. I have used Amazon before and they kinda lied about the super quick more expensive shipping dates.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
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March 31, 2012 7:50:16 PM

Go with newegg. You can't go wrong with them.
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March 31, 2012 8:36:02 PM

+1 Sunius: From what I've read, I'd place my order with the 'Egg in a heartbeat, even though I live in the UK! Good choice on the card, too.
From the look of it, your best bet is to get one of those cans of 'compressed air' to clean the CPU heatsink, blow it in through the exhaust side of the 'sink to drive the dust/stuff out, through the fanblades. I use a alcohol moistened cotton bud to clean the fanblades, but a soft brush will do just as well. Oh, and BTW, use the compressed air cleaner outside ;) 
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March 31, 2012 8:54:56 PM

I am going with newegg thank you all!
And funny you mentioned it, I just got a can of compressed air lol. I shall take it outside and make sure the heatsink and everything else is clean :D  thanks!
I wish i could select a best answer but so many good posts thanks once again.
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a c 330 U Graphics card
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March 31, 2012 9:06:41 PM

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Why not one of mine :) 
Glad to be of help, mate, enjoy the new card.
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March 31, 2012 9:40:50 PM

Best answer selected by rvdman306.
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