Advice for a New Video Card (GeForce GTX 580)

February 11, 2011 at 14:18:12
Specs: Vista 64-bit, AMD Phenom II X4 925 (2.81 GHz)/8GB DDR3
I currently have a GeForce 9800 GT card manufactured by PNY, which needs to be replaced. I was disappointed with the manufacturing quality of the card, and I want to get something from a reputable manufacturer with a solid design this time. I also want to upgrade to a higher level of performance, and I'm looking to spend around $500 on it.

Right now, I am leaning toward an EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 card, which is listed for sale here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

I don't know a whole lot about this kind of thing... can anyone advise me as to whether or not this card is a good buy for the money? Would something else be better?


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#1
February 11, 2011 at 14:24:04
Minimum of a 600 Watt power supply. (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 42 Amps.)

First thing to do would be to see if your psu meets these requirements.


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#2
February 11, 2011 at 15:08:14
I knew I forgot to mention something. My PSU is 1100 watts.

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#3
February 11, 2011 at 15:14:03
Watts don't necessarily tell the whole story. It's better to have a single volt rail that can supply the necessary amperage. Post back with the make and model # of your psu. Why the big jump from your current 9800 GT to this card. That's a lot of money for a video card. What are you going to do with it? Games. video editing ???

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#4
February 11, 2011 at 16:28:09
Power supply is a Xion Power Real XON-1100P14HE (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817190025).

My interest in higher-performance hardware is exclusively for gaming purposes. The big jump from my current card to what I'm looking to buy is mostly the result of having more disposable income to spend on computer components than I did when I bought the 9800 GT. I have been told that upgrading my video card would be the best way to improve the overall gaming performance of my machine, so I figure I should get the best card I can afford to go for.


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#5
February 11, 2011 at 16:53:29
According to the specs on the psu, it has six 12 volt rails. I don't know what your system consists of, but 1100 watts seems like overkill. I don't think you would have any problems running the card. You could probably get away with something much cheaper. Here's an article for you to take a look at

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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#6
February 11, 2011 at 18:31:08
I would be a hell of a lot more concerned about the build quality of a Xion PSU than a PNY video card.

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: February 2011


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