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October 26, 2012 3:50:49 AM

Hello to all,

My specs: http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2557106

Right now, my existing ATI Radeon card is starting to wear out quickly due to constant overheating and tears in the image, white screens follow after that. Currently, I play Microsoft Flight Simulator X and F1 2011. Although Flight Sim is very CPU intensive, graphics also play a huge role in FPS and drawing things out.

I have a 500W PSU and 1 HDD and 1 SSD. Based on my systems specs, can I get a recommendation for a Nvidia card that can really suit my needs? I am looking at the GTX 550 Ti but I am skeptical. I am on a budget, and 550 Ti is within my price range. No ATI cards, because Flight Sim always prefers Nvidia.


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a b Î Nvidia
October 26, 2012 4:08:37 AM

Nvidia's low end offerings aren't all that great. At virtually all sub $200 price points there is an AMD card that costs the same while performing better than its Nvidia counterpart. The 550Ti is better than your 5670, but it isn't a very fast gaming card. The 650Ti is a better option, if you are willing to spend around $150. It isn't too popular because for around $20 more you can get a significantly faster card in the Radeon HD 7850 1GB. The GTX 650 performs similarly to the 550Ti, and the GT 640 is only maybe slightly faster than your 5670. The GTX 660 is considerably faster than any of the low end Nvidia cards, but it costs around $220.

Depending on your budget, even with Flight Simulator favouring Nvidia, you may still be better off with AMD. If you have $170 for a 7850 1GB, that will blow the 650Ti and lower out of the water, simply due to the fact that the 7850 is nearly 20% faster than the 650Ti. No game favours Nvidia so much that a slower nvidia card can catch up to or exceed an AMD card that is 20% faster.

If $150 is your absolute limit, and you really want Nvidia, go with the 650Ti. If you can afford $220, the 660 is a much better option.
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October 26, 2012 5:49:20 AM

How much power does the 650 Ti need? Is 500W more than enough as my CPU is also overclocked. Also, since this card is PCI-E 3.0, will it work on my A880G+ which is PCI-E 2.0?
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October 26, 2012 5:58:03 AM

With your CPU and a 650 ti your looking at about 300 watts total if not a little less. A 500 watt PSU is more than plenty for any graphics card in your budget. Yes any of the ATI or Nvidia cards will work on PCIE-2.0 and without a performance hit either.
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October 26, 2012 6:10:55 AM

aviator777 said:
How much power does the 650 Ti need? Is 500W more than enough as my CPU is also overclocked. Also, since this card is PCI-E 3.0, will it work on my A880G+ which is PCI-E 2.0?
cheapest decent one comes with Free Assassin’s Creed III w/ purchase, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 28, 2012 7:35:53 PM

Instead of the 650 Ti, can the GTX 560 run on 500W with an overclocked CPU?

What about the GTX 560SE?
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a b Î Nvidia
October 29, 2012 2:04:01 AM

The 560 performs similarly to the 650Ti, it's slightly faster in a few games, but uses a lot more power, though it still will run on a 500 Watt power supply. The 560SE is slower than the 650Ti, and also uses more power, so it isn't really worth considering.
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October 29, 2012 2:41:32 AM

Supernova1138 said:
The 560 performs similarly to the 650Ti, it's slightly faster in a few games, but uses a lot more power, though it still will run on a 500 Watt power supply. The 560SE is slower than the 650Ti, and also uses more power, so it isn't really worth considering.

I researched both the GTX 560 and the GTX 650 Ti, I even asked on a Flight Simulation forum about hardware to run Flight Sim and they said to go with the GTX 560, but on here it seems the GTX 650 Ti is the way to go.

So final question: Should I go for the 650 Ti even though the 560 is higher ranked in terms of benchmarks?

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/video_lookup.php?gpu=...

The GTX 560 benchmark is 3,016 while the GTX 650 Ti is 2,626
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a b Î Nvidia
October 29, 2012 3:15:14 AM

Synthetic benchmarks are not always the greatest indicator of performance for a video card. Usually you look at how they perform in various games, rather than just which card gives the best score in Passmark. All I can recommend is see if anyone bothered to benchmark Flight Simulator with the 650Ti and compare that to the results for the 560, and get the card that performs better for your particular game. Since you seem to only care about one specific game, the 560 may be a better choice in this case if it is faster than the 650Ti in Flight Simulator. Generally speaking newer cards offer things like higher power efficiency, cooler operating temperatures, and better support with the newer driver revisions. Thus, newer cards will usually be recommended above older cards unless the older card is significantly cheaper than the newer card while performing similarly.
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November 4, 2012 11:00:51 PM

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