Best Graphics card, sub 200, 1 x PCI-e power only.

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  • Widge Moderator 4 Nov 2013 11:00:57 13,746 posts
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    Trying to find one for my Dad. I remember his power supply was turd. High wattage but no bloody PCI-e cables on it.

    Tried to put my 2 x PCI-e 4890 into it through some adaptors and it just wasn't having any of it.

    After a lot of searching, I'm settling on the Nvidia 660. Low power, can handle Skyrim and has 1 x PCI-e needed only.

    Am I missing anything out of the new wave of cards though? I've checked through and I'm fairly sure they are all 2 x PCI-e at the higher end of the power spectrum.

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  • nickthegun 4 Nov 2013 11:05:08 61,348 posts
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    Sounds like you need to get your dad a dual Xeon Keppler workstation.

    Edited by nickthegun at 11:19:22 04-11-2013

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  • neems 4 Nov 2013 11:12:25 1,472 posts
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    I'm surprised the 660 only needs one power cable tbh - maybe you should consider a new power supply?
  • misterm84 4 Nov 2013 11:16:31 94 posts
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    Yeah, it sounds like your Dad has a prebuilt OEM machine (eg. HP, Dell etc). Seriously consider buying him a new PSU to go with a GPU. I wouldn't trust an OEM PSU to power any more than what was in the box at time of purchase.

    EDIT - ...and if you do go for a new PSU, make sure it'll fit in the case and what he has already isn't some kind of weird custom fit PSU.

    Edited by misterm84 at 11:17:41 04-11-2013
  • Whizzo 4 Nov 2013 11:19:01 43,370 posts
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    Yeah unless your Dad has got an unusual form factor PSU I'd recommend replacing that with something a bit more useful on the PCI-e front and get something that the new one can handle.

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  • misterm84 4 Nov 2013 11:21:42 94 posts
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    Someone can probably recommend a better PSU for the cost but you can get a Corsair CX600M and either a GTX660 or a 7870GHz for about 200

    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx600m
    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n6602gd5oc
    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r78702gd5toc
  • Widge Moderator 4 Nov 2013 11:53:20 13,746 posts
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    Cheers for the PSU suggestions.

    I've just been told that my bro has gone ahead and grabbed him the 660. So a futile thread now.

    Just for the curious:



    I bought it as it was reputably low power and efficient plus quiet for a miniITX build. So am fairly confident we shall be ok here.

    Yeah, this was originally a Mesh PC build. I gave him all my old components & case but didn't have a power supply. No worries on case size or anything there, LianLi effort, MSI board, corsair ram.

    I think the Corsair goes down to CX500 and is sub 50. If he has any issues, I'll point him towards that, and then tell him to point the current PSU towards the bin.

    Thanks anyway!

    Edited by Widge at 11:53:41 04-11-2013

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  • Deleted user 4 November 2013 14:40:17
    A 660 is exactly what I was going to recommend, especially considering they cost under 150. Great card for the price.
  • Widge Moderator 4 Nov 2013 16:30:50 13,746 posts
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    My opinion too. I didn't want to spend more than 150 when it came out. Performance wise, it was doing better than the competing AMD.

    Seem to remember it went up in price after I bought it, oddly. Seems like it is coming down.

    Must read up on cards, I got the general gist that next year is going to shake it all up or something, but know no details.

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  • misterm84 4 Nov 2013 16:40:58 94 posts
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    Widge wrote:
    My opinion too. I didn't want to spend more than 150 when it came out. Performance wise, it was doing better than the competing AMD.
    Not as far as I'm aware...and this is a 660Ti
    http://www.overclock.net/t/1339698/the-eternal-question-which-is-better-hd-7870-vs-660-ti-benchmarks-inside

    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/11/12/fall_2012_gpu_driver_comparison_roundup/3#.UnfN6_nIZDU

    AMD cards are difficult to beat when it comes to Price/performance, nVidia cards come at a bit of a premium as they generally offer more feature wise (eg, PhysX, G-Sync, Shadowplay etc).

    My rule of thumb is, if you care about PhysX/G-Sync/Shadowplay...get an nVidia card...if you care about price/performance go with AMD.

    Edited by misterm84 at 16:43:12 04-11-2013
  • b0rk 4 Nov 2013 16:45:24 2,944 posts
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    Uh, what CPU does your dads PC have?
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