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Want to Upgrade from 6770 to 560

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November 4, 2012 12:57:25 PM

I'm looking for some advice about upgrading to a GTX560Ti from an HD6770. I don't really know a lot about how to interpret the different specs of the varying models of the 560...all I really know is that the 560 will be a significant upgrade.

The thing I'm most worried about is the power supply requirements and the cooling requirements.

My budget is $300 max, and would prefer to keep it within $250 before tax, so I'm hoping I can just swap out the graphics cards without having to buy a better PSU and cooling.

Here is the specs of my PC:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c02...
(Note that my CPU in this link is apparently capable of 3.4GHz in turbo, but I don't think it does, or I at least don't know how to overclock it, so for all intents and purposes, consider it 2.9)

And here is some of the models I've been considering at the store I plan on going to:

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/sear...



After looking at the specs of my computer, would you say I would be able to simply swap out the old card for the new one, or would the PSU need to be upgraded as well?

Which model(s) would you most recommend?

After installing the new 560, would I reap the full potential, or would anything in my rig cause a bottleneck and negate the benefits of the better GPU?

Is there anything else I should know before I go buy?

Thanks for your feedback :) 

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a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2012 1:40:28 PM

You should rather get the GTX660 or a 7850. It performs faster or at par with the 560ti and consume less power.

Also I can't see the exact spec of the power supply. You need to open up the case and tell us the 12v amperage
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a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2012 1:51:55 PM

The problem with prebuilt systems is that the manufacturers cut corners to keep their cost down. The PSU, being number one. It has just enough power and connectors to run the system as it is. They also never put "name brand" units in their PC's.

So while 460W sounds good on paper, it might only have 250W on the 12V rail and might not even have a 6-pin (let alone two) to connect to a Video Card.
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November 4, 2012 2:04:56 PM

I agree with both post above, those two cards would be good choices but prebuilt psu can be very shaky.
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a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2012 2:25:54 PM

Well, how about this, 80+ PSU & GTX 560 Ti for under $200

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($124.10 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $199.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

OR a Radeon 7850 & PSU for $265 (Plus you get Far Cry 3 FREE and 20% off Medal of Honor Warfighter)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.19 @ Newegg)
Total: $264.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

OR a GTX 660 & PSU for $285

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($229.95 @ B&H)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $284.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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November 4, 2012 2:59:03 PM

Thanx for the replies. I opened up the case and the power supply has this


12va: 15A---|
12vb: 18A---|--------360W
12vc: 10A---|

It has one 6 pin connector

I don't know exactly what that means for me, but I hope it will suffice for a newer card :S
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November 4, 2012 3:49:30 PM

AGENT_P6 said:
Thanx for the replies. I opened up the case and the power supply has this


12va: 15A---|
12vb: 18A---|--------360W
12vc: 10A---|

It has one 6 pin connector

I don't know exactly what that means for me, but I hope it will suffice for a newer card :S


What brand is it? Just because it has the ratings doesn't mean it's all that good (I'm looking at you CoolerMaster). It's within your budget to upgrade the PSU as well as the GPU. I recommend doing so. A good PSU will carry you through any other upgrades you decide do including later on swapping to new case, upgrading the Mobo / CPU / RAM and possibly going SLI.

The 560 Ti also has a power draw of ~263W at load. That will cripple a crap PSU.
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November 4, 2012 4:40:15 PM

I am running a 6850, runs like an absolute dream, best bang for your buck, great for Crossfire too apparently, but if you're planning on Crossfiring, start of larg, i'm upgrading to a 7870.
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