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Old May 12, 2009, 11:20 AM
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I was thinking of getting a gtx260 but i recently bought a new case that was much cheaper then ym originally intended case, so i have enough to go up a class for the gtx275, im bit worried however ont he power and the conenctors, i dont really understand all that connector stuff so i want to get soem quick advice.

I have an OCZ Game X Stream 600w power supply.
an Asus p5b deluxe
e6600 i sometime overclock, only to about 2.8 to 3.0ghz
i have 3 hard drives, an 80gb, 160gb, 750gb.
a creative xtreme gamer sound card
7 case cans, 6 120mm 1 80mm
3gb of kingston ddr2 667mhz

I game pretty hardcore, at resolutions of 1600x1200, i also rarely turn my computer off, ive had my computer running now, for about 3 weeks, i turned it offyesterday for 3 hours to change to the new case.

Now heres the requirements.

575W PCI Express®-compliant system power supply with a combined 12V current rating of 42A or more (Minimum system power requirement based on a PC configured with an Intel Core® i7-965 Extreme Edition processor)

Two 6-pin PCI Express® supplementary power connectors -or- One 6-pin PCI Express® and two 4-pin peripheral supplementary power connectors

I know i have a 600w power supply but taking into account the other stuff in the system, im not sure if a gtx275 is cutting it to close, and maybe i should just stick to the gtx260.

I dont plan on going sli or anything either.
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Old May 12, 2009, 11:48 AM
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Your 600W will be fine for a 275...
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Old May 12, 2009, 01:24 PM
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Yeah I agree those game x treams are supose to put out some pretty solid power and I belive they have 2 PCI-E 6 pin connectors at minimum so you should be fine. At full load your PC will probubly only draw about 375 watts max with the GTX 275 in there, maybe 400, but even then you still have head room =) Youll also notice they test for power using a core i7 965 CPU which draws a decent amount of power as well, your dually wont draw near as much power.
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thats good to know, thanks guys, now i just need to find the card locally. I really dont want to order online if i dont have too lol.
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What about the gtx 280?

It looks like i may have to buy my card retail, and the 280 and 275 are a couple bucks difference in price, im im going to spend over 300 bucks i might as well go for the best that i can manage.
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Old May 12, 2009, 04:26 PM
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GTX 275 is IMHO a better card then the GTX 280. that being said the GTX 280 takes atleast 1 8 pin connector so make sure your PSU has that. Btw you should be able to find a GTX 275 online for around $275 or so, I havent seen any GTX 280s within that price lately.

If you jump on this... NCIX.com - Buy EVGA GeForce GTX 275 Superclocked 648MHZ 896MB 2.376GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDTV Out Video Card - 896-P3-1171-AR In Canada.

before their sold out you get a superclocked GTX 275 for CHEAP, and from what ive read these cards come VERY close to GTX 285s and are probubly pretty well equal to a GTX 280.
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I heard some mixed reviews on evga, about their warrenty and stuff.
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Old May 12, 2009, 04:38 PM
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EVGA has wicked warranty im not sure where you are hearing bad things? They have really good customer service reps, RMAs are pretty painless minus the fact that their RMA office is in cali. I personally wont deal with anyone but EVGA right now, maybe XFX but I much prefer EVGA. They make kick ass cards and back them fully. Plus they have an awesome support forum on their site that will answer ALOT of your questions pretty quickly and easily.

EDIT: EVGA has lifetime warrantys on pretty well everything that they sell, I dont know if your aware of that or not. as well as a 90 day step up program that allows you to trade your video card in within 3 months at the full price you paid towards a newer card.
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Hows the evga cooler, is the stock cooler good enough or will i have to buy something after market?

THat price is insane, im literrally at the credit card section because that is actually cheaper then the 48701gb i was looking to buy yesterday
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Pretty sure the stock coolers are good enough, I personally have never had a problem with any stock coolers, especially the ones that exaust the heat out the back of the case like the GTX 2xx cards. I doubt youd have much trouble with the GTX 275, and with EVGAs precision overclocking software you can just run the stock fan at 55% or so at all times and it should keep it cool while remaining pretty quiet.
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