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#1 KasV

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 01:39 PM

Good day :huh:

As you can see, I'm new to these forums so forgive me for any mistake I might unintentionally make :huh: .

I wrote this topic because I plan on upgrading my graphic card soon, though I'm not quite sure on how to do it. I've been doing some research for some time now and my main concerns have to do with my PSU and my motherboard. (Chances are, there's more to it as well that I don't know.) I'm currently using a pre-built system with its stock hardware. These are as follows:

Acer Aspire M7711
Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit.
Core 2 Quad Q9300 @ 2.5Ghz.
Nvidia Geforce GT130 1GB (As you can see, plenty of reason to upgrade)
6GB RAM.

I opened up the case and took a look at the PSU. From what I could tell, it's a 450W PSU.
This is what it said:
AC input: 220-240v ~ 4A 50-60Hz
DC output: +5v --/ 18A max -12V --/ 0.3A max +12v1 --/ 18.5A max
+5v(SB) --/ 2A max +3.3v --/ 20A max +12v2 --/ 18.5A max

Combined power on: +3.3v and +5v rails not exceed 135W
Combined power on: +12v1 and +12v2 not exceed 32A
Combined power on: +3.3v and 5v and 12v1 and 12v2 not exceed 450W

Peak power is less than 17 seconds at 500W


And if I'm not mistaken, this is my motherboard:
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Took the picture using CPU-Z.

Now, I plan on replacing my current graphics card with a Nvidia Geforce GTS250 1GB. A card that scored double the points than my current GT130 on the benchmarks AND fits within my budget.
The question is, can my system handle this cards power consumption and any other demands there might be? Do note, I'm new to upgrading hardware. The only reason I've opened up my case before to clean out the dust a few times :thumbsup: .

Thanks for any help/advice given in advance. If I left out anything or if you need any additional information please ask.

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#2 the_patriot11

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 02:12 PM

Barely. the GTS 250 minimum requirements are a 450 watt PSU with 24 amps total on the +12v rails, you have a 450 watt PSU with 32 amps, so you barely fit the requirements. I think, personally, I would try to upgrade to a good 550 watt PSU for better breathing room and reliability (the ones that come in prebuilt computers arnt always the best) but techically, that GPU should work, though barely.

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#3 KasV

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 04:37 PM

Thanks for the tip, Patriot. I guess I shouldn't take that risk then. I've found three PSU's that fit within my budget: the Eminent EM3903, the Gigabyte Superb 550P and the Arctic Cooling Fusion 550R.

These are all 550W. Does anyone know if these are decent and/or will do the job?


Oh, and by the way, are there any significant differences within the videocard brands? There's an XFX GTS250, an ASUS GTS250, an EVGA GTS250, et cetera. Are there any differences in these, performance/quality wise?

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 12:44 AM

Between those PSU brands, I know and trust Gigabyte and would go that route. Between video card brands, there is a difference in quality, I do believe. I tend to always recomend EVGA when going with NVIDIA chipsets, though ASUS makes good quality components as well. XFX on the other hand, I have had multiple issues with their cards causing overheating issues in the past, particulalrly in cases without good airflow.

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Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:43 PM

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/968

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 11:10 AM

i agree with patriot on the xfx...they r good fast cards but if u dont have good airflow dont bother..they get hot!! but asus and evga are both great products.....as for psu i have yet to use any of those brand for a psu but gigabyte and arctic cooling are both good brands....for psu i like to stay with corsier...rosewell...silverstone....just remember psu isnt something u want to go too cheap on :thumbsup:




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