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Old December 18, 2009, 07:13 PM
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I'm planing on upgrading my video card since I'm planing on moving from a 15" monitor to a 22" one, finally :)

Currently have a 8600GT (eVGA 512mb DDR2 version) and was wondering what cards you guys would suggest. My system specs are in my profile and I'm leaning towards the eVGA GTS 250 1GB version. My PSU has 550w and 24amps on the 12v rail. It's old so it doesn't have any of the new PCIe power connectors so I'm trying to stick with a card that only uses one 6pin.

So if you guys have any suggestions that would be great, budget is around 150$. I'm open to AMD stuff as well. Thanks

On a fun note, my 8600 was idling at 70 degrees and peaking at 100 but now that I got rid of most of the dust, it idles at 45 and games at 60
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Old December 18, 2009, 08:28 PM
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NVIDIA GTX260 or ATI 5770.

What PSU do you have? Like brand and model.
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Old December 18, 2009, 08:55 PM
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I think it's a generic brand although it has never failed me.

Optimax Titan Power
Model: ATX-550PS
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Yeah, that's a piece of crap. I recommend that you upgrade your PSU to a quality unit before you think about getting a more powerful GPU. Otherwise, you may end up with the kind of explosive result you aren't looking for.
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Old December 18, 2009, 09:44 PM
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Ah dirty power, one of the silent killers of electronics. I'd follow zero's suggestion and pick up a real power supply and then a graphics card otherwise dirty power may end up killing one if not many of your pc powers over time.
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Ah dirty power, one of the silent killers of electronics.
Or not so silent if the PSU decides to go boom.
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Had a feeling I should buy a new PSU. Fuuuu that's 3 things I need to buy now.
Got any recommendations for a new PSU? If I get a new one I guess I can be more open to different kinds of gfx cards.

Edit: been checking out this one, I don't know that much about PSU
Newegg.ca - Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - Power Supplies
Good price?

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Old December 18, 2009, 10:19 PM
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I would say this is would be a good power supply that should be able to handle whatever you throw at it and then some and only 80$ after MIR, 100$ before MIR at their limited stock price.
NCIX.com - Buy Corsair TX650W 650W ATX 12V 52A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan - CMPSU-650TX In Canada.
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Thanks for that ^^^ I'll take a look
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This is another good option if you don't want to deal with rebates: NCIX.com - Buy Antec Earthwatts 500W Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 Active PFC 80-PLUS 80MM Fan - EA500 In Canada.
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