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a b U Graphics card
November 25, 2012 3:55:27 AM

Hello, got a question about a video card upgrad i want to do, i currently have a nvidia 460 gtx 1gb (structure and chip built by nvidia), its been about 2 years since i got it and never had any problems with it, i want to upgrade it to a 660gtx or a 660gtx ti, thing is, my power supply its a 475w from a dell xps 435 that was sent to me back on 2010 as a replacement since my old xps died.

I been checking around the web and seems like the power needed by those cards its the same as the gtx 460 (and in even the 660 gtx looks like needs less since its only 1-6 pin while the 460 gtx requieres 2 6-pins) in which if its the case then i wont have any problems (i hope), so, will my psu support the upgrade with no problems? thank you in advance for any help you can provide me :D  .

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just in case any of this info is needed: it has a i7 920 2.6 ghz, 8gb ram, and a 1 TB HD.

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a b U Graphics card
November 25, 2012 7:08:57 AM

Yep, from reviews I check around the net, 660 Ti will use around 200W max.

Your PSU can support it, but it's almost around 3 years since you use it. The power supplied by the PSU might be reduced because of capacitor aging.

Maybe you've to change the PSU if any issues arise when you installing the graphics card.

And right now many computer stores are having Black Friday sales, and Cyber Monday is coming. PSU price might go down and become cheaper.
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a b U Graphics card
November 25, 2012 8:04:04 AM

Dnx said:
Hello, got a question about a video card upgrad i want to do, i currently have a nvidia 460 gtx 1gb (structure and chip built by nvidia), its been about 2 years since i got it and never had any problems with it, i want to upgrade it to a 660gtx or a 660gtx ti, thing is, my power supply its a 475w from a dell xps 435 that was sent to me back on 2010 as a replacement since my old xps died.

I been checking around the web and seems like the power needed by those cards its the same as the gtx 460 (and in even the 660 gtx looks like needs less since its only 1-6 pin while the 460 gtx requieres 2 6-pins) in which if its the case then i wont have any problems (i hope), so, will my psu support the upgrade with no problems? thank you in advance for any help you can provide me :D  .

P.D.
just in case any of this info is needed: it has a i7 920 2.6 ghz, 8gb ram, and a 1 TB HD.


GTX 660 TI is a no go. For GTX 660 is a PSU with 450 watt minimum recommended. GTX 660 ti will be too much. GTX 660 only uses 75% of the watt used by GTX 660 ti, so 150 watt at maximum.
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a b U Graphics card
November 25, 2012 12:42:20 PM

This latest review by techPowerUp shows that 660 and 660 Ti consumes slightly similar power consumption. http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/HD_7970_X_Turbo/...

Yes, that's not 660 or 660 Ti review, just ignore the review, and look at the power consumption chart.
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a b U Graphics card
November 25, 2012 3:09:00 PM

Thanks a lot for your help, :) , i think ill get a little more on the safe side and just got for the 660 gtx, btw, a second question, i want to add an exta 8gb of ram for a total of 16, as i said the motheroard is the one that comes with the xps 435 pc, it works on a intel X58 sistem, so, what kind of the actual ram would be supported? on the pc wizard it says it supports a total of 24gb top, and it has 6 ram ports / 4 (2gb each) being used at the moment, this is the info it shows about the current ram installed:

Information SPD EEPROM
Manufacturer : Elpida

Part Number : EBJ21UE8BD
Serial Number : 6E3140DC
Type : DDR3-SDRAM PC3-10
Format : UDIMM (133.35 x
Size : 2048 MB (2 ranks ,8 banks).

any advices on what ram to get would be much appreciated, also i dont want to spend like a lot XD.



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a b U Graphics card
November 25, 2012 11:08:09 PM

Are you gonna doing a heavy work with that PC? Like video editing, Autodesk products etc. If not, the 16 GB is a waste, and better be spend of new PSU.

For gaming, 8 GB is more than enough. But if you still insists, there's nothing wrong with more RAM.
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a b U Graphics card
November 26, 2012 5:17:41 PM

acerace said:
Are you gonna doing a heavy work with that PC? Like video editing, Autodesk products etc. If not, the 16 GB is a waste, and better be spend of new PSU.

For gaming, 8 GB is more than enough. But if you still insists, there's nothing wrong with more RAM.


:o , thanks a lot for your advice, and no, most i do its playing games (on high setting of course XD), i think ill get a new psu then, maybe a 600w one would be enough, i was thinking on something like this:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

what do you think about that one?, also i got a very noob question, how do i know if that power supply fits my case? this is the case im using:

http://www.google.com/imgres?q=xps+435&hl=en&sa=X&tbo=d...

sorry about so many questions, and thanks again for your help i appreciate it a lot.
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a b U Graphics card
November 27, 2012 5:46:34 AM

I'd rather trust this PSU from Corsair. Corsair is well-known for quality parts, even the simplest one. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Most PSU on the market right now are using standard ATX form factor. Your casing is using ATX form factor, the PSU should work.
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a b U Graphics card
November 27, 2012 6:10:00 AM

acerace said:
I'd rather trust this PSU from Corsair. Corsair is well-known for quality parts, even the simplest one. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Most PSU on the market right now are using standard ATX form factor. Your casing is using ATX form factor, the PSU should work.


Thx a lot for the help acerace, i think ill get corsair one (i been looking on some models) i like the modular ones, but are a kind of expensive, so ill check em out, one last thing, since im upgrading the psu i can now get into the radeon HD cards (they needed a minimum of 500w) so thats why they weren't an option for me, what do you think, 660 gtx 2gb or HD 7870 2gb?, i know the radeon its like 10-20 bucks more, so what do you think?.
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a b U Graphics card
November 27, 2012 9:53:39 AM

Well, the performance of the two card is likely similar, with the Radeon slightly better. It comes down to matter of preference.

If you like PhysX, CUDA or any Nvidia specific feature, go with the 660. But if you just love pure performance, go with the 7870.
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a b U Graphics card
November 27, 2012 3:03:28 PM

acerace said:
Well, the performance of the two card is likely similar, with the Radeon slightly better. It comes down to matter of preference.

If you like PhysX, CUDA or any Nvidia specific feature, go with the 660. But if you just love pure performance, go with the 7870.


Thanks, ill check some reviews about both of them, thanks again for all your help :) . :bounce: 
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a b U Graphics card
November 27, 2012 3:03:50 PM

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