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Upgrade from nVidia GT 240

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May 1, 2012 11:22:59 AM

I've got an nVidia GT 240 with 1 Gig of DDR5, on a Dell 350 Watt desktop.

Is there any card that will give better performance while staying within my desktop's 350 watt power supply?

Thanks!

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a c 291 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
a b Î Nvidia
May 1, 2012 11:23:40 AM

What's your budget?
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May 1, 2012 11:31:24 AM

Budget is $200-$400.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
a b Î Nvidia
May 1, 2012 11:42:09 AM

Well, that's a huge gap. Let's say it's $300:

Power supply: Corsair CX 500 - $59.99
Graphics card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 - $239.99

Total: $299.98.
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May 1, 2012 10:30:34 PM

I am actually interested in keeping my power supply.

Is there anything faster than my current video card that doesn't use more power?
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a c 291 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
a b Î Nvidia
May 2, 2012 5:34:04 AM

Thing is, without better power supply, the best you can use is HD 7750. If you change out PSU, you can get twice as powerful card - either GTX 560 Ti or HD 7850. It fits in your budget, so why don't you want to swap out your power supply?
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May 2, 2012 3:16:30 PM

I am not very good at wiring, and changing psu seems pretty involved.

Is there anything in the nVidia line that's more powerful than a 240 but doesn't use more power?
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a c 291 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
a b Î Nvidia
May 2, 2012 3:41:51 PM

Not really. Though, changing PSU is pretty easy.
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May 2, 2012 4:33:43 PM

When I opened my PC, I saw a whole lot of wires neatly tucked right where they need to go. I do not think I re-create that.
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May 16, 2012 2:53:25 PM

How about a GT 640?

With 384 CUDAs and GDDR5, it should be faster than the GT 240, and it has a TDP of less than 75 Watt.

Right now it's only OEM, but it should be released into retail at some point, and a fairly low price I would guess.
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May 16, 2012 2:54:28 PM

malmental, thanks for the video. I just noticed it. I will check it out soon.
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May 16, 2012 3:26:57 PM

A few months according to anandtech.

My upgrade plans are:

(1) First, upgrade mobo, CPU and RAM.
(2) Next, add SSD drive (probably using SRT caching).
(3) Upgrade PSU and/or GPU.
(4) Upgrade case to house more hard drives.
(5) Upgrade monitor.

I might need the PSU sooner, because the current PSU has only 4 SATA connections.
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May 16, 2012 3:46:25 PM

How big of an SSD do you need for Win 7?
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May 16, 2012 3:47:16 PM

Best answer selected by ratsa.
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May 17, 2012 10:29:21 AM

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SRT caching is not worth it, just run straight SSD.



My Lightroom Preview cache is several hundred gigabytes and growing; straight SSD is not an affordable option. You think SRT is not useful for a drive like this?
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May 17, 2012 11:08:56 AM

Thanks! I was looking at Crucial Adrenaline because I can use it with my current mobo, but then I said why not wait for mobo that supports SRT?

Have you seen anything that compares the two technologies?
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May 17, 2012 12:35:24 PM

But 1 TB of straight SSD costs over $1,000. You seem to like Adrenaline more than Intel SRT?
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