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Old October 31, 2012, 01:33 PM
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Default Which brand of nVidia GTX 550 Ti Should I buy?

I am looking to buy a new nVidia gtx 550 ti gpu, but I am not sure what brand I should buy. Is there a brand that is better than all the others?

I already have an EVGA gtx 550 ti installed, and need to replace it with a new one. I am not the most tech savvy person, but all signs indicate that my card is failing. I have been getting a lot of black, pink, yellow, teal, and white screen crashes over the last three days. I've tried cleaning out dust, updating drivers, repairing files, and rolling back to older drivers, with the problem only getting worse. The card I have now is not quite a year old yet, but I am not sure if that is a normal lifespan or not. I wouldn't mind getting a new EVGA card if it is, as I haven't had any problems with it up until now.

I am by no means a hardcore gamer, but I do play games like Skyrim, The Secret World, GW2, etc. My case is not that big, so I have already ruled out MSI's Cyclone as its fan is way too big to fit, and anything much bigger than EVGA's will definitely cause overheating to be a problem.

Any help with this would be much appreciated.


UPDATE: I put in a RMA, and after two weeks got a replacement from EVGA. I was excited. However, one week later after installing it, I began to have some of the same issues I was having with the original card though on a lesser scale. I hesitate to blame EVGA, but it's been about five days since I removed the replacement card from my system and I haven't had a single problem. So I guess I'll be looking into getting a gtx 650ti after all (and if I'm lucky maybe I can have my family get it for Christmas). I really don't want to get another card from EVGA, but as it looking now that may be my only option as that one is rated higher than the others, and seems to be the only card that will fit in my case without causing me overheating issues.

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I am looking to buy a new nVidia gtx 550 ti gpu, but I am not sure what brand I should buy. Is there a brand that is better than all the others?

I already have an EVGA gtx 550 ti installed, and need to replace it with a new one. I am not the most tech savvy person, but all signs indicate that my card is failing. I have been getting a lot of black, pink, yellow, teal, and white screen crashes over the last three days. I've tried cleaning out dust, updating drivers, repairing files, and rolling back to older drivers, with the problem only getting worse. The card I have now is not quite a year old yet, but I am not sure if that is a normal lifespan or not. I wouldn't mind getting a new EVGA card if it is, as I haven't had any problems with it up until now.

I am by no means a hardcore gamer, but I do play games like Skyrim, The Secret World, GW2, etc. My case is not that big, so I have already ruled out MSI's Cyclone as its fan is way too big to fit, and anything much bigger than EVGA's will definitely cause overheating to be a problem.

Any help with this would be much appreciated.
By chance is the card registered with EVGA? If not you should still get a minimal warranty with them. I would go the route of trying to get the Card RMA'd first and foremost.

That being said, if you are looking for a cheap upgrade to what you have, getting a GTX650TI would be a sensible alternative (30% more performance) for about the same cost as a new 550TI.

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Old October 31, 2012, 01:46 PM
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By chance is the card registered with EVGA? If not you should still get a minimal warranty with them. I would go the route of trying to get the Card RMA'd first and foremost.

That being said, if you are looking for a cheap upgrade to what you have, getting a GTX650TI would be a sensible alternative (30% more performance) for about the same cost as a new 550TI.

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Thanks for the reply. I think its registered, but I did some moving around not too long ago so I'm not sure if I could put my hand on any of the papers. I'll try that first and see what happens, though the length of waiting times I've seen some people mentioning on line about them does not make me hopeful.

As for the gtx 650, I only have a corsair cx430. Wouldn't I have to upgrade my psu for that card? If so, I don't think my budget could handle both in the next few weeks, and I was hoping to replace the card as soon as possible.
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Thanks for the reply. I think its registered, but I did some moving around not too long ago so I'm not sure if I could put my hand on any of the papers. I'll try that first and see what happens, though the length of waiting times I've seen some people mentioning on line about them does not make me hopeful.

As for the gtx 650, I only have a corsair cx430. Wouldn't I have to upgrade my psu for that card? If so, I don't think my budget could handle both in the next few weeks, and I was hoping to replace the card as soon as possible.
If your PSU can run the 550TI, then it will have zero issues with the 650TI.

The waiting time with EVGA is very good. 9 Days from shipping in a 580 to having a new one returned to me.

At this point, if you feel its better to just get a new card, get a 650. Otherwise, if you have your reciept I would just give EVGA a call/email and get an RMA done.

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If it was registered, shouldn't you just be able to send them the serial number in order to get an RMA?
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If it was registered, shouldn't you just be able to send them the serial number in order to get an RMA?
Still need an invoice uploaded to them. I just went through this with my 580, luckily I keep all receipts.

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Thanks for the reply. I think its registered, but I did some moving around not too long ago so I'm not sure if I could put my hand on any of the papers. I'll try that first and see what happens, though the length of waiting times I've seen some people mentioning on line about them does not make me hopeful.

As for the gtx 650, I only have a corsair cx430. Wouldn't I have to upgrade my psu for that card? If so, I don't think my budget could handle both in the next few weeks, and I was hoping to replace the card as soon as possible.

The 650Ti uses less power then the 550Ti
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If your PSU can run the 550TI, then it will have zero issues with the 650TI.

The waiting time with EVGA is very good. 9 Days from shipping in a 580 to having a new one returned to me.

At this point, if you feel its better to just get a new card, get a 650. Otherwise, if you have your reciept I would just give EVGA a call/email and get an RMA done.

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Thanks for the help! EVGA had my registration info on file so I submitted a ticket. I still can't find my invoice, but I'll see what options they give me. Hopefully it won't take too long to get an answer. If so, then I will definitely consider getting the 650.



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That's really good to know. I always assumed that it would draw more power since it did more.
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That's really good to know. I always assumed that it would draw more power since it did more.
Newer more efficient technology.
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Yes, now only if they could make them much smaller.
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