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May 11, 2012 9:03:54 AM

I have a Dell factory installed power supply and I'm looking to upgrade my graphics card. What is the best nVidia graphics card I can get with this current power supply? I was looking at the GTX 560.



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May 11, 2012 9:36:50 AM

You should be able to run the GTX560/Ti. But just to make sure you have enough power could you post your system specs?
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May 11, 2012 9:39:41 AM

It actually depends on what are currently running on your PC?
motherboard?
processor?
RAM?
Hard disks?
Optical drive?
fans?
The 560 itself requires 150W or under normal assumptions a minimum of 450W PSU with 2x6pin PCIe connector. Capacity wise, your PSU can handle but does it have the 2x6PIN connector?
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May 11, 2012 9:58:54 AM

Ok here are my specs...

Processor - Intel Core i5-2300 CPU @2.80GHz 2.80GHz
Ram - 2x2gb 2x4gb ddr3
Hard drive - 1tb
Optical drive - Dell factory installed CD/DVD drive

Hope that's everything you need. It's all Dell factory installed except the extra 8gb of Ram.

@_zxzxzx_ The specs on the nVidia site say that the 560Ti requires 500W minimum (http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt...). Mine looks like it says 460W max? Or I am I not looking in the right place? The GTX 560 (not Ti) says 450W though (http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt...).

I have the 2x6 pin connectors.
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May 11, 2012 10:41:33 AM

I input your system specifications in this:
http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine
and put 560 ti because it seems you are inclined with it. The recommended PSU wattage is 368w. So it looks like you can given that you got the 2x6PIN connector in your PSU. I would say it is a bit pushing it but I think it is okay.
Try the calculator yourself with other options to get the graphics card that will match both your need & budget within your PSU cap.
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May 11, 2012 10:52:26 AM

A 560 will shorten the life of that power supply, it should work for a while, if you're overclocking it will be even more taxing. I'd think the easier answer would be to just spend $100 and get a better Power Supply.
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May 12, 2012 8:10:41 AM

jde said:
Ok here are my specs...

@_zxzxzx_ The specs on the nVidia site say that the 560Ti requires 500W minimum (http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt...). Mine looks like it says 460W max? Or I am I not looking in the right place? The GTX 560 (not Ti) says 450W though (http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt...).

I have the 2x6 pin connectors.


What's listed there is the recommended wattage. A good 450w PSU will run it fine because it's about the Amps that it can supply and not really the rated wattage. And yes, a good idea would be the HD 7850.
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May 12, 2012 1:18:04 PM

you should be fine with it but dont overclock it.:) 

goodluck.:) 
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May 19, 2012 2:06:55 PM

Thanks for all the help. I think I'll go with the 560 Ti. Does this one look like a good one?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004K8R8DA/ref=ox_sc...

@psirohi @_zxzxzx_ The problem with the HD 7850 (and AMD cards in general) is that I have had so many issues running them with Maya. I use Maya for work (I'm a 3D artist) and I've tried a few AMD cards in the past few months, all of them have had showstopping problems (not being able to select objects, freezing regularly when snapping verts, graphical glitches when performing certain actions). I realise I should be using a workstation card but my funds don't stretch that far. And standard desktop nVidia cards always worked fine at the company I used to work for.
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May 23, 2012 10:45:35 AM

Best answer selected by jde.
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