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#1 Moby Purple

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 04:29 PM

I would appreciate some suggestions. Here are the specs on my self-built PC:

Intel 975XBX2KR mobo
Intel Quad Core Q6600 processor
WD 500 GB hard drive
4 GB RAM
550W power supply
EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB PCIe graphics card

The current card has dual DVI connections. I am mainly looking to upgrade so I can (1) get an HDMI connection and then upgrade to an HD wide-screen monitor and (2) increase the dedicated memory of the card. I prefer to stay with NVIDIA. All suggestions welcome.

Also, a related question. Will I really pick up that much video quality if I go from DVI to HDMI?

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 05:18 PM

Take a look at GTX-460 here.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/inno3d-geforce-gtx-460-oc-review/

If you go 470, 480, 490 the price jumps leaps and bounds.

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 06:08 PM

Do you have a budget and what type of case is your one?

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 17 April 2011 - 06:24 PM

Thanks Layback Bear, I will look into it, looks promising. Case is a CoolerMaster 690, OS is Win7 Pro, and as far as budget, would like to keep it at no more than $300.

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 06:35 PM

MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC Radeon HD 6950 2GB -$300

Also does your psu have two 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connectors?

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 17 April 2011 - 09:47 PM

Yes, I have two 6-pins.

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 09:52 PM

Then this should work :)

Edited by killerx525, 17 April 2011 - 09:52 PM.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 18 April 2011 - 11:52 AM

Thanks for the input guys. I have looked and researched and have about decided on this one:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7191450&CatId=3585

Any comments?

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 08:40 PM

That should be fine too.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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