New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

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New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

Postby Prey » Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:28 am

As I have now cancelled my order for a new AMD 380X and decided that AMD can now stick it I've decided to be smarter instead of wasting all the money I have to use which is roughly £200 max I am all set to go for a new graphics card AND a brand new PSU to help power it. The current PSU I have is a generic 500W that I honestly should have replaced long ago but as it's done the job so far I stuck with it.

So far I have two choices in mind for the new hardware...

Gigabyte GTX 960 4GB GDDR5 (£159.99)

http://www.ebuyer.com/722277-gigabyte-g ... n960oc-4gd

The cards size is just perfect as I have limited space around my PCI-E slot, it's 4GB which is a must due to owning a 2Gb card right now that struggles in most new games due to the limited vram. The best thing is though is that it only requires one 6 pin connector just like my current card.

EVGA 500W Fully Wired 80+ Bronze Power Supply (£44 inc vat)

http://www.ebuyer.com/546583-evga-500w- ... b1-0500-kr

Even though it's only 500W like my current bog standard one I'm hoping that buying an actual brand name will make a big difference plus it comes with every kind of wire you could possibly need already attached and ready to go. Something I'm not sure a lot of other PSU's have.

Total: £204.98

What do you guys think? Moving from a 2GB R9 270 none X version and a generic PSU to those two? Thanks guys.

edit: Ok I'm confused as to if or not the GTX 960 requires one six pin or a six pin and an eight pin power connector. The picture on the website indicates it's just a single 6 pin...

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Re: New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on s budget?

Postby Lee » Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:39 am

I think you're cutting it a bit close with a 500W PSU since the GPU alone is needing 400W by the specifications. I haven't a clue what else your running inside the case but I would try to go to 650W just to be on the safe side.

Just a single 6 pin bud.
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Postby Prey » Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:46 am

Just spotted they are selling a 600W version for just £38.99 inc vat

http://www.ebuyer.com/716703-evga-600w- ... w1-0600-k3

Not sure quite how I missed that. :lol:

New total then: £198.98 inc vat.
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Postby DjchunKfunK » Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:21 am

I wouldn't worry about the connector, any new PSU will have the right connectors, in this case 2x 6+2 PCIe pins. As for power Nvidia recommend a 400w PSU as minimum for a 960 so that EVGA will be fine.
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Postby Prey » Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:13 am

Cheers guys. Order placed and arriving tomorrow with next day delivery.

Goodbye AMD. Hello there Nvidia.

AND YOU ALL SAID IT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN. OH YOU FOOLS. :mrgreen:
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Postby Jez » Tue Dec 15, 2015 12:14 pm

I know for me and it's probably no help to you but I went for a thermaltake1200w PSU some years ago and it just takes all the worry about power issues out of my kind when I upgrade and I've done 2 cycles of upgrade since I bought it.

Good luck though prey I am certain the move to nvidia will be a good one. Speaking for myself the only real issues I've had that were game breaking was with RAGE and I think that was buggered for everyone.

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Postby Medicine Man » Tue Dec 15, 2015 3:46 pm

Prey wrote:Cheers guys. Order placed and arriving tomorrow with next day delivery.

Goodbye AMD. Hello there Nvidia.

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Re: New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

Postby Prey » Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:30 pm

Well I knew this would happen, the PSU and card arrived and now I'm really struggling to get the psu set up to the motherboard correctly. I honestly thought id have no trouble even though it's my first time, Problem is my motherboard is so damn old I have more cables than I now know what to do with. Help.

Does the PSU fan face downward if positioned at the bottom of the case.
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Postby Dr@gon-UK » Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:34 pm

Yes mate, it sucks air in then vents it out the back.
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Re: New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

Postby Prey » Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:44 pm

Ok I'm gonna take a photo as I'm confused to huggers how to proceed here, the manual isn't really helping me.
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Postby Prey » Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:56 pm

Terrible picture I know i will try and take another on my phone and not my tablet.
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Re: New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

Postby DjchunKfunK » Wed Dec 16, 2015 5:26 pm

You can only place the fan face down if there is a vent at the bottom of your case otherwise you will have to face the fan upwards.
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Postby Prey » Wed Dec 16, 2015 5:28 pm

It's all grilled at the bottom Nat. Anyway here's where I am now...

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Re: New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

Postby Quietman » Wed Dec 16, 2015 5:32 pm

And your problem is what?
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Re: New Graphics card/PSU combo. Sweet spot on a budget?

Postby Medicine Man » Wed Dec 16, 2015 5:33 pm

I'm guessing some sort of snake nest infestation. :D

I'd disconnect everything and re-route all the cables through those handy-dandy wee rubber holes. Bunch up and zip tie all the unused cables and tuck them away down the bottom somewhere. Take out the unused SSD rack above the HDDs and turn the HDD drives around so the cables are coming out the back.

Once the spaghetti is out the way it's easier to see what's hooked up and what's not.

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