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Is GeForce GTX 550 Ti good choise (9800gt 512mb ) atm

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November 6, 2012 3:55:18 PM

Hello,I'm a new at this.I would like to upgrade 3d club 9800gt 512mb to Gigabyte GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB good choice?If no?Suggest me.

Mainboard : MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO.,LTD MS-7529
Processor : Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 @ 2333MHz
Physical Memory : 4096MB (2 x 2048 DDR2-SDRAM )
Hard Disk : SAMSUNG HD642JJ ATA Device (640GB)
Video Card : NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT 512MB
Monitor Type : Philips Philips 190CW - 19 inches 1440x900


Checked PSU says max voltage 500W,if needed I can make foto.

Sorry for bad english.
:) 

a c 87 U Graphics card
November 6, 2012 5:06:41 PM

IDK about where you live, but at least in the USA, I can get a 7770 for about the same price as a GTX 550 Ti and the Radeon 7770 is the superior card. The 550 Ti isn't a bad card, but it's usually a little overpriced and it's a older, more power-hungry card than more modern cards such as the Radeon 7750 and 7770.
November 6, 2012 6:48:38 PM

I can buy any card,wich will work with my psu.Is 7750 or 7770 better than 550 Ti?I checked it on http://www.hwcompare.com , It seems 550 Ti is better,it's true?
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November 6, 2012 6:52:41 PM

As your PSU is only 500 W, you will be limited to certain cards unless you buy a more powerful unit. The GTX 550 Ti is a good choice.

blazorthon is right, the GTX 550 Ti is older so therefore more power hungry then more modern cards.

An upgrade from a 9800 GT to a GTX 550 Ti will be a good upgrade. Anything much above the GTX 550 Ti will not be worth it on your system unless you buy a new CPU, Motherboard and some RAM sticks.
a b U Graphics card
November 6, 2012 6:58:35 PM

Blazorthorn is absolutely correct. The 7770 is superior to the 550 Ti in performance, heat produced & power draw.
November 6, 2012 7:00:51 PM

Get the 7770 instead of the 550 Ti, definitely
a c 87 U Graphics card
November 6, 2012 7:10:45 PM

HWCompare doesn't do real-world testing most of the time. Look at what their numbers actually mean and you see that they don't actually run tests at all most of the time and instead use flawed guesses.
November 6, 2012 7:17:23 PM

thanks for answers
Will I feel diffrence when i put 7770 inside?what about 7850?Is my psu to weak for it?
a c 87 U Graphics card
November 6, 2012 7:21:54 PM

You should be able to see the difference with the 7770. The 7850 is another very large step over the 7770 too and should be noticeable even compared to the 7770 instead of just your older card.

I can't say with absolute certainty that your PSU is enough for a 7770, but I can say that your PSU should be plenty if if's a 500W model that's good enough for a 9800 GT. I'd be more worried about whether or not you have the proper connectors. You'll need a PCIe 6-pin power connector and if your PSU doesn't have one but does have enough +12V power delivery, you can at least buy an adapter if you don't want to buy a new PSU too.
a c 87 U Graphics card
November 6, 2012 7:27:54 PM

You have enough amperage on the +12V rail(s) for a 7850, but I don't know if you have the right connectors and I don't know the quality of your PSU, so I can't promise that it's even as good as it is rated for (believe it or not, some PSU companies actually lie about what their PSUs can handle).
a c 87 U Graphics card
November 6, 2012 7:36:52 PM

You are correct, but like I said earlier with the 7770, I'm not sure of what connectors your PSU has.
November 6, 2012 7:41:29 PM

If I buy 7850 and put it,how do I know if it works correct?It will not burn if something is wrong ?In time I could buy a PSU
a c 87 U Graphics card
November 6, 2012 7:44:40 PM

You'd know because you wouldn't be able to plug it into the PSU. There's no need to try turning it on unless you have the right connectors. If they fit, then you have the right connectors and it should work.
November 6, 2012 7:46:37 PM

I'm a little confused,All wires comes inside to psu,so the connectors are inside ?
a c 87 U Graphics card
November 6, 2012 7:50:01 PM

mecool969 said:
I'm a little confused,All wires comes inside to psu,so the connectors are inside ?


Not all PSUs have six pin PCIe power connectors. You'd have to make sure that your PSU has them or get adapters for them if you want to use graphics cards that need them.
November 7, 2012 9:53:45 AM

blazorthon said:
Not all PSUs have six pin PCIe power connectors. You'd have to make sure that your PSU has them or get adapters for them if you want to use graphics cards that need them.

So I should check PSU inside?
And if I buy graphic card with 2Gb,doesn't it use 2Gb of ram?


Wich one should I choose?
Sapphire Radeon HD 7850, 2GB DDR5 (256 Bit) HDMI, DVI-I, DP, LITE
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850, 2GB DDR5 (256 Bit), HDMI, DVI, 2xminiDP, BOX
Asus, Radeon HD 7850, 2GB DDR5 (256 Bit), DVI, HDMI, DP, BOX
a b U Graphics card
November 7, 2012 11:54:36 AM

Yes, check your PSU. A pic of the label would be great. If not, let us know at least what brand it is and how many Amps are on the +12V rail
a b U Graphics card
November 7, 2012 1:54:48 PM

Hhmm, I have no knowledge of that company. 30A on the 12V for a 500W PSU is weak. My recommendation is to upgrade your PSU before you start putting quality components in.

Maybe someone has more information on that brand and can help you more or can prove me wrong.
November 7, 2012 2:33:10 PM

dscudella said:
Hhmm, I have no knowledge of that company. 30A on the 12V for a 500W PSU is weak. My recommendation is to upgrade your PSU before you start putting quality components in.

Maybe someone has more information on that brand and can help you more or can prove me wrong.


Could someone tell that 30A on 12V is enaugh for 7850?I was about to buy it,but cancelled the order when I saw your comment
a c 87 U Graphics card
November 7, 2012 2:39:48 PM

30amps on a +12V rail is much more than enough for a 7850. I think that dscudella is more worried about the quality of the power supply because 30 amps on a 500W implies that it's a bad quality power supply or at least a good quality, but very old power supply that may have degraded over time significantly by now.
a b U Graphics card
November 7, 2012 2:42:34 PM

It's not so much a matter of whether it's enough or not, but it's the quality of the PSU.

Take, for instance, the Antec Neo Eco 520W. It has 40A on a single 12V rail which means it can push 480W. Antec is one of the top manufacturers of PSU's along with Corsair, PC&P, Seasonic & Fortron (FSP). You're getting a quality PSU that will last you multiple years with upgrade room.

The 7850 uses 253W at full load. You'll almost never see full load while gaming. You just need to make sure your PSU can handle that load, a bad PSU won't be able to.
a b U Graphics card
November 7, 2012 2:43:54 PM

blazorthon said:
30amps is much more than enough for a 7850. I think that dscudella is more worried about the quality of the power supply because 30 amps on a 500W implies that it's a bad quality power supply or at least a good quality, but very old power supply that may have degraded over time significantly by now.


Thank you Blazorthorn, that's the point I was trying to make. I should have been more blunt in my statement.
a c 87 U Graphics card
November 7, 2012 2:48:48 PM

dscudella said:
It's not so much a matter of whether it's enough or not, but it's the quality of the PSU.

Take, for instance, the Antec Neo Eco 520W. It has 40A on a single 12V rail which means it can push 480W. Antec is one of the top manufacturers of PSU's along with Corsair, PC&P, Seasonic & Fortron (FSP). You're getting a quality PSU that will last you multiple years with upgrade room.

The 7850 uses 253W at full load. You'll almost never see full load while gaming. You just need to make sure your PSU can handle that load, a bad PSU won't be able to.


uhh... 253W? Is that a typo? My heavily overclocked 7850 doesn't even break 200W at full load such as stress testing. Or, are you referring to total system power?
November 7, 2012 2:52:49 PM

one more question.Will I be able to change PSU myself,if I have never done it before?
a c 87 U Graphics card
November 7, 2012 2:59:24 PM

Oh yeah, you shouldn't have trouble doing that. Changing the PSU should be as easy as unplugging it from everything, unscrewing four screws (there might be more or a different mechanism keeping it in place, but for most cases that I've used, it's just four screws), and pulling it out.

Simply put the new PSU in the old PSU's place in the case, screw the screws back in (again, redo any other locking mechanism should you have something different, I have seen a few cases that are different), and plug it in to the components and your computer should be fine.

A PSU is fairly easy to change out. The only thing stopping it from being the easiest as far as I'm concerned is having to unplug and re-plug the cables.
a c 87 U Graphics card
November 7, 2012 3:44:12 PM

Do you have a specific budget for the PSU?

I can't find reviews for this model, but the specifications that I've read do imply that it
s good enough and it's made by Seasonic which is almost a guarantee that it's at least good if not great.

http://www.varle.lt/maitinimo-blokai/psu-seasonic-400et...

A little more expensive, this option is also available and I can say that it's one of the better PSUs aailable at this price/wattage range:

http://www.varle.lt/maitinimo-blokai/psu-seasonic-s12ii...
a c 87 U Graphics card
November 7, 2012 4:15:02 PM

I guarantee that the models that I suggested are more than enough for a 7850. The 500W *requirement* is not really true at all, it's a guideline for people who don't know better than to buy a PSU that can't deliver the power that it's rated for (some PSUs are rated for much more than they can actually handle) and/or use ridiculously high power systems such as having an FX-4170 instead of a far more power efficient i3, Trinity A10, FX-4300, or FX-6300.

Also, that Cooler Master GX 550W is actually inferior to the PSUs that I mentioned.

http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

That link is a basic guideline to how good most PSUs are. That GX 550W is a tier 4 (there are five tiers and one of them has a sub tier, the lower numbers are better), meaning that it is a bad PSU.


Trust me on this one, I have a lot of experience with Radeon 7850 cards. Many 400, 430, and 450 watt PSUs are plenty for even an overclocked 7850, let alone a stock 7850 that you'd probably be using.
November 7, 2012 4:18:57 PM

could you choose 550W~ to make sure it will work for around 300lt,thank you.
a c 87 U Graphics card
November 7, 2012 4:26:50 PM

mecool969 said:
So I should check PSU inside?
And if I buy graphic card with 2Gb,doesn't it use 2Gb of ram?


Wich one should I choose?
Sapphire Radeon HD 7850, 2GB DDR5 (256 Bit) HDMI, DVI-I, DP, LITE
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850, 2GB DDR5 (256 Bit), HDMI, DVI, 2xminiDP, BOX
Asus, Radeon HD 7850, 2GB DDR5 (256 Bit), DVI, HDMI, DP, BOX


http://www.varle.lt/vaizdo-plokstes/gigabyte-gv-r785oc-...

I think that this 7850 is your best option. The card has its own 2GB of frame buffer, but I've heard that 2GB graphics cards can wreak a little havoc with computers running a 32 bit Windows with 4GB of system memory, so your best option is to simply get 8GB of RAM and a 64 bit copy of Windows.
a c 87 U Graphics card
November 7, 2012 4:30:23 PM

mecool969 said:
could you choose 550W~ to make sure it will work for around 300lt,thank you.


If you really want one, then sure, but its overkill. This 520W model is not only excellent as a power supply, but it has the added convenience of modular cables for a little over 300lt.

http://www.varle.lt/maitinimo-blokai/psu-seasonic-m12ii...
November 7, 2012 4:33:29 PM

blazorthon,thanks for all answers,I go order :) 
November 7, 2012 4:41:52 PM

Payed around 520$ for all PSU,rams,card
a c 87 U Graphics card
November 7, 2012 4:51:46 PM

Glad to help.
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