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Windows 7: What Would Be A Good Upgrade?

10 Sep 2010   #11
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

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I've always stuck with EVGA, Asus, and LG. I've never used anything made by any of those brands, do they generally make pretty good stuff?
All I can suggest is to check the warranty on those cards, since IMO a great warranty on a video card is a must. Fabe


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10 Sep 2010   #12
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Okay, I have to admit I didn't look at the previous recommendations. But I like Asus ENGTX480/2DI/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 480 Video Card - 1536MB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, Dual DVI, HDMI, SLI, DirectX 11.
Buy one now, buy one later, and have a screaming video machine.
Newegg.com - ASUS ENGTX480/2DI/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$504.
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10 Sep 2010   #13
SlackerITGuy

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

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Well, since the 9800 GX2 is a fairly beefy card (probably the same size as a high end GTX 200 series card), you should have no problems going with either a GTX 470 or GTX 480.

I'd recommend going for a GTX 470, since there are no GTX 480s with custom/aftermarket coolers within your budget IIRC, and trust me, you'd like a GTX 470/480 series card with a custom cooler (both cards can get up to ~100 Celsius with the reference one).

Here's a few I've been keeping an eye on (I'm looking to upgrade to a GTX 470 fairly soon):

Newegg.com - MSI N470GTX Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Newegg.com - Palit NE5TX470F10DA GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (my favorite one as of yet)

Newegg.com - ZOTAC AMP! ZT-40202-10P GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GV-N470SO-13I GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
I've always stuck with EVGA, Asus, and LG. I've never used anything made by any of those brands, do they generally make pretty good stuff?
Judging from the reviews, yes.

I have a GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 OC Edition, and the cooler that comes with this card is pretty kickass (which looks really similar to the one on that GTX 470, definitely the same), DEAD silent, temp never goes above 60 Celsius... Plus, 3 year warranty.
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11 Sep 2010   #14
Lollies

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Granite I don't have DDR3, and intel i7 cpu, or SSD drives, which would be awesoem but as i have been told in the past, its justa fools errand trying to keep up to state of the art tech. I don't wanna spend the money for whole new rig as much fun as it would be but its been a little over 2 years I figure somethings could use upgrading to some degree.

Like i wouldn't want to upgrade to DDR3 for example because I'd new a new motherboard etc...

The only thing that I've though of is the CPU Fan (liquid cooling), and a GTX 480. Only reason i mention the CPU fan is because the only way it was able to fit inside the mid-tower I unfortunately chose to get is horizontal so it exhausts up into the power supply rather than out the back.

Here are some pictures cause I have nothing else to do plus maybe it'll be a good visual?

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The Whole Thing:

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11 Sep 2010   #15
nbkp

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

460's in SLI would do perfect!

(*HINT* Palit 2GB FTW)
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11 Sep 2010   #16
Lollies

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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460's in SLI would do perfect!

(*HINT* Palit 2GB FTW)
I couldn't fit two cards because there is about half an inch of room it would need which the Hard-Drives take up.
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11 Sep 2010   #17
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Are those palit 2gb cards any good the name is suspect
sorry just calling it as i see it
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13 Sep 2010   #18
Lollies

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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Granite I don't have DDR3, and intel i7 cpu, or SSD drives, which would be awesoem but as i have been told in the past, its justa fools errand trying to keep up to state of the art tech. I don't wanna spend the money for whole new rig as much fun as it would be but its been a little over 2 years I figure somethings could use upgrading to some degree.

Like i wouldn't want to upgrade to DDR3 for example because I'd new a new motherboard etc...

The only thing that I've though of is the CPU Fan (liquid cooling), and a GTX 480. Only reason i mention the CPU fan is because the only way it was able to fit inside the mid-tower I unfortunately chose to get is horizontal so it exhausts up into the power supply rather than out the back.

Here are some pictures cause I have nothing else to do plus maybe it'll be a good visual?

Graphics Card & Hard-Drive Space:


Does anyone foresee airflow problems the way the graphics card sits near the hard drives? That is really the only option unfortunately.
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13 Sep 2010   #19
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

well it shouldnt matter if you got enough fans and circulation but im sure you would be better off with a bigger tower and more room to kinda seperate everything from one another and make cooling more effective

I have a mid atx case which im pretty much cramped a power house into i plan on buying a full tower 120 mm fans etc along with psu seperation makes it alot cooler most of the time you have the psu right next to the mainboard also looks like that is exactly what you have a bigger tower more room space better air circulation

Just something to consider
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13 Sep 2010   #20
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

From your pictures I don't see any room for an additional card.
If you look your first card sits above the hard drive below it so a second card just wouldn't fit not with the HD configuration you have now.

As for your CPU cooler exhausting into your PSU it's not ideal but at least your PSU is exhausting the hot air through it, which means your adding additional heat to your PSU. I would probably turn that rear fan to pull in cool air and see if it made any difference.

On one hand it would be pulling cool air in directly on your CPU cooler that would exhaust it through your PSU it might make a little difference pending on where your tower is located, such as on top of your desk or on the floor.
In the placement of my tower I don't think it would matter since it's under my desk in an enclosed area that kinda traps the air and isn't the best of locations. So I'm basically recirculating the already warm air through the system not allowing for any cooler air to enter the case
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But if it was placed where it could draw in the ambient room temperature directly onto your CPU fan then up and out your PSU you might see a little drop in temp. especialy if you had a 120 or larger fan blowing cool air in from the side of your case.

Bottom line a full tower with say a couple 120's blowing on your HD's and a 240 blowing in from the side and a couple 120's on top exhausting and possibly the H70 closed water cooling CPU unit (whenever it comes out) would be an ideal setup
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Got a bit long winded on this post but it's all about air flow and equaling the presure inside the case, trying to match the intake with the exhausting of air.Fabe

P.S. pretty decent cable management which would also imorive with the right case, a lot of them with COU cutouts for replacing the coolers without removing the vboards as well as cutouts for cable management.
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