EVGA GTX 550 Ti match with Asus M2N mobo

Evga Geforce gtx550 ddr5 1024mb
September 25, 2011 at 11:57:01
Specs: Windows 7, Athlon 64 X2 5000+/4GB DDR2 800
Hi, I've got a question about a match up with an EVGA GTX 550 Ti 1GB to my Asus m2n-sli deluxe mobo.

Before I buy this card, I'd like to know a few things:
1. I have a 450W PSU. By the nVidia website, a 400W is required, so I should be good, as long as I only run 1 HD and a basic DVD burner drive...right?

2. The card costs roughly $140. Is there a chance of it going down in price, or is this as good as it's going to get?

3. Which brand would you recommend?
EVGA (I've had success with them)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Gigabyte
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

MSI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

4. And lastly do you think the GTX 550 Ti 1GB will be compatible with my mobo, the ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe? As it's name implies, it has SLI, but I'll only be getting one card. It has PCI-E 2.0 slots, so it should, but I'm covering all my bases here.
Info on the mobo at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

In any case, my biggest bottleneck right now is my VRAM, which is a tiny 256MB on my 8800GT. It's been great for me, giving 30-40fps on Crysis on high (DX9), but really chugs on newer games with tons of hi-rez textures. I'd like to upgrade my CPU as well, but AM2 CPU's are in the hundreds, and at 2.65Ghz, my 5000+ suffices.


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#1
September 25, 2011 at 12:36:02
What brand PSU do u have? check PSU label for specs(+3.3v, +5v. +12v).
U will need the free 13A from +12v rail to be able to run the card well.

Go with EVGA

The video card will work with your asus board.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.


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#2
September 25, 2011 at 13:21:42
Thanks for replying, It's a Logisys. I believe it is quoted as "SLI ready."
The current for each rail is:
12V - 25A
5V - 40A
3.3V - 38A

That leaves the question of cost: do you think it will drop in price, or is $140 as low as it's going to get?


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#3
September 25, 2011 at 17:48:20
+12v rail is used by power hungry components(CPU and v-card) so the amps for this rail should be bigger than other rails. I think the PSU will handle fine the load.

The price will drop if nvidia or ATi release new video cards.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.


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