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Buying A Graphics Card That Requires 500 Watt

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[OP]
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Jan 13, 2018
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Buying A Graphics Card That Requires 500 Watt


It is the gtx 560ti 2gb That recommends a 500 watt supply. My psu is 460 watts and is 40 watts less than recommended. Should I buy the graphics card or no? I do not want to upgrade psu.

My computer has intel i5 2300

8gb ram

1tb wd 7000 rpm hard drive

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The 560ti is a really old card, I think it came out in 2011. 460W should work as the rest of your system does not look like it should consume much power.
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OP, you should be OK with a 460 Watt power supply.
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The more important thing is the 12V Rail, they basically inflate the numbers to compensate for crappy PSU's.

On your PSU does it list the Specs for the 12V? Some have multiple rails and others may have 1 large 12V rail. If you have multiple 12V Rails, connecting each PCI-E plug on the GTX560 should work as it will split the load across each rail, if you have a single 12V rail PSU then it doesn't matter how you connect the power connectors.
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Feb 18, 2018
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Suggested Brands

Corsair, Antec, SilverStone, Seasonic, and OCZ. Read the reveiws for the OCZ's some arent as good as others so be careful when choosing a power supply.

350 watt This will be enough for any processor and an entry level GPU

400 watt This will be enough for any processor with a low to mid range GPU

500 watt This will be enough for any processor and just about any mid range GPU

550 to 650 watt This will be more then enough to run just about any single GPU, except for the HD 5970,HD 4870 x2, GTX 480, and GTX 295.
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Oct 26, 2016
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I think it works, but make sure to have two 6 pins plug (I forgot what it is called, sorry)

Also I think you cannot/won't overclock your cpu so probably less consumption

I have one from msi by the way
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I recommend to change your PSU.
You may end up using it near its max capacity and for those that knows anything about computers; you should not run a PSU more than 80%.
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Modinilay wrote: It is a Dell psu
Post a pic of the specs on the side, newer Dells eliminate most of the 3.3/5V rails so most capacity is on the 12V Rails which is in your favor for GPUs. On older PSU's you'll notice that a sizable portion is dedicated to the 3.3/5V lines so that brings down the overall capacity for the 12V side hence why GPU manufacturers must inflate the numbers.
tritium4ever wrote: That system will come nowhere close to using 460W, never mind 500W. You're fine as long as the PSU has the proper power connector for the video card.
Correct, the actual average power draw is generally less than it's 170W TDP Rating.
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toalan wrote: The 560ti is a really old card, I think it came out in 2011.
This is what regular folk are reduced to these days when an RX 570 costs like $400+ thanks to mining madness :rolleyes: Instead of having decent cards at decent prices, ppl are better off buying something 6-7 years old...unless you like throwing out money by paying double what something should cost, just because.

I mean if a new, regular Honda Civic all of a sudden cost $60k, pretty sure most car buyers would be doing the same--just buy older ones instead.
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You can always keep an eye out for the GTX 1050ti . Its suppose to be able to work on crappy PSUs.

You can buy better used if you look.
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You guys have given OP more titles to start. And soon, you'll see the following threads:
"What PSU wattage would you recommend updating to?"
"Would this PSU work with my motherboard?"
"Would this PSU fit in my Dell Inspiron 960 case?"
"gtx 1030, gtx 1050 or gtx 1050ti, which is better for my use?"
"gtx 1050ti, is it going to be bottlenecked by my computer"
"Is my PSU good enough for my gtx 1050ti"
[OP]
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konsensei wrote: You guys have given OP more titles to start. And soon, you'll see the following threads:
"What PSU wattage would you recommend updating to?"
"Would this PSU work with my motherboard?"
"Would this PSU fit in my Dell Inspiron 960 case?"
"gtx 1030, gtx 1050 or gtx 1050ti, which is better for my use?"
"gtx 1050ti, is it going to be bottlenecked by my computer"
"Is my PSU good enough for my gtx 1050ti"
Am I doing it wrong?? I am new to rfd and building computers
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Modinilay wrote: Am I doing it wrong?? I am new to rfd and building computers
No, he's just commenting that you will create a new thread for every step of the build.LOL
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How much are you paying for the 560ti?
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The GTX 5XX Femi or Kepler have not age well. Min would be a GTX 750TI or better . Whats your budget? You can find used HD 79XX/ R9 280(X) for $100-$130. You can get a GTX 960 for $130 and a GTX 970 for $200.
Last edited by raichu1 on Feb 20th, 2018 5:47 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Oct 23, 2004
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Even the 9 series cards up the 970, the 1060 (possibly 1070 as well) are rated for 500W. That said I would not run these cards on a generic Dell PSU. If you swap in a quality brand 500W PSU then you're good to go
raichu1 wrote: You can get a GTX 960 for $130 and a GTX 970 for $200.
Seconding 960 or 970. That would be the oldest I'd go at this point if you don't want to spend more on a 1060/1070. Anything older than 900 series is completely outdated and not worth it unless you're getting it for dirt cheap
[OP]
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Jan 13, 2018
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Thanks, I have upgraded to a gtx 660 for $50!

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