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#11992696 Jan 25, 2016 at 10:31 AM
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Heya guys, I just got back to college yesterday and discovered that my desktop no longer can find my graphics card. Not a problem with the wire, so I believe my graphics card is the problem. Since it's been a while since I've upgraded, I'm taking this as a sign to do so.

Right now I'm looking at the GTX 960. I want to keep the price around 200 dollars, and it seems to be about the best I can get for that price.

As one would expect, I won't be gaming with OmegaForce while I transition to my new graphics card, probably a week at least, although obviously I'll still be hanging around the site.
Shayn - "Sunderer Slayer"
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#11992950 Jan 25, 2016 at 11:45 AM
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Just make sure you read reviews on the product before you get it. I bought a lower end card once because the higher end model had such a bad review




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#11993786 Jan 25, 2016 at 03:18 PM
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If you buy an evga card say 960. You have 90 days from purchase to use their "step up" program. This means you can step up to a higher card all you have to do is pay the difference. I used it to go from 970 to 980. Just my 2 cents.
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#11995133 Jan 25, 2016 at 10:32 PM · Edited over 2 years ago
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Yes, I recommend going with EVGA if you are going with NVidia. When picking a video card it really doesn't matter so much from who you buy it because all the cards are so close in stats you're not really getting anything extra. The reason I suggested EVGA is because they offer the best warranties and other side perks like the step up plan Moos138 mentioned.

As far as the 960, thats a tough one because it's a bargain card. It will play the games but they may not look the best and your fps won't really be that good and this is at 1080p resolutions. If there's anyway possible I would recommend going with the 970 for $100 more. 2 960s in SLI barely outperform 1 970. Here's a link of a benchmark you can compare different cards too and their performance.

Benchmark review of several cards and how they perform...

and

970 vs 960 performance comparison, you can play around and change the cards to get price comparison vs performance comparisons....

The 960s are good cards, don't get me wrong. But you'll be like I was when I chose a 560 over a 570 back in the day, I was so disappointed with the performance. I even added a 2nd 560ti trying to get close to the performance of the 570 and it didn't work out. Alot fewer games took advantage of SLI back then, I ended up selling both of them for about 1/2 of what I paid and ended up going with the 570. If you plan on getting a 960 now and then doing the step up program thru EVGA make sure the 960 is step up eligible first, my 560 wasn't then so I wasn't able to step up.
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#12044963 Feb 08, 2016 at 08:50 PM
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Ok, the silence was longer than I was planning, but as one might expect, I hit some snags.
First things first, after getting a job on campus, I decided to outright buy a gtx 970 instead of the 960, figuring that the performance boost that most sites reported would be worth more than 100 dollars, since it'll be longer before I have to upgrade again.
Secondly, when the 970 finally arrived on this past Friday, I started by checking to see if I just had a bad extension for my video cord. I did, and that means that my old 750ti works again.
Thirdly, when I started to install the 970, I realized I didn't have the right auxiliary power supply cords for it. This unfortunately means I cannot currently use the 970 I have until I buy a new power source.
For that last one, on a recommendation from a friend, I'll be looking at buying a Silver+ level battery, perhaps a modular. I haven't upgraded my power supply before, so recommendations would be appreciated.
TLDR: old graphics card works again, new one won't without new power supply, and I'm back to playing games again in the meantime!
Shayn - "Sunderer Slayer"
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#12045037 Feb 08, 2016 at 09:22 PM · Edited over 2 years ago
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I'm running a LEPA G1600 Gold Modular Supply in my rig.

Had it for about 5 months. No problems. Puts out way more juice than I need.

Not too pricey compared to other power supplies, but way too overkill, so I wouldn't recommend it.

--Also moved thread to Computer and Technology Board.--
Owner of Omega Force Gaming
Johnjohns@omegaforcegaming.com


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#12045288 Feb 08, 2016 at 11:32 PM
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#12044963 Shayn wrote:

Ok, the silence was longer than I was planning, but as one might expect, I hit some snags.
First things first, after getting a job on campus, I decided to outright buy a gtx 970 instead of the 960, figuring that the performance boost that most sites reported would be worth more than 100 dollars, since it'll be longer before I have to upgrade again.
Secondly, when the 970 finally arrived on this past Friday, I started by checking to see if I just had a bad extension for my video cord. I did, and that means that my old 750ti works again.
Thirdly, when I started to install the 970, I realized I didn't have the right auxiliary power supply cords for it. This unfortunately means I cannot currently use the 970 I have until I buy a new power source.
For that last one, on a recommendation from a friend, I'll be looking at buying a Silver+ level battery, perhaps a modular. I haven't upgraded my power supply before, so recommendations would be appreciated.
TLDR: old graphics card works again, new one won't without new power supply, and I'm back to playing games again in the meantime!



With PSUs I usually stick to the bigger names that I know and trust but there are alot of good ones out there.

First you will want to go here. This is the newegg PSU calculator. Just pick your components from the drop down box and click calculate. This will be a good starting point on how big of a PSU you will need. Keep in mind that this is about the absolute lowest requirement to run your tower with just these components.

Keep these things in mind.
1. How many usb devices will be hooked up that draw power from the USB. The more of these you have the bigger the PSU you will need. Keyboards, Mice, joysticks, gamepads, usb headphones, etc...(USB devices that have seperate powercords don't draw power from the USB and do not need to be taken into account).
2. Any extra stuff you have hooked up that draws power. Multple HDDs, LEDs, Extra Fans, water coolers, etc....
3. Future proofing. If you are planning on adding more RAM, additional graphics cards, more HDDs, bigger cpu, etc....

I usually use the calculator to get my starting point and then add an additional 100 to 150 watts to it to cover all the add-ons. For example, I'm running an I5 with 2 980tis, 16gb ddr4, 1 SSD, 2 WD Blacks raid 0, usb keyboard, mouse, joystick and headphones off of a 850w psu with no issues.

The simple explanation what the 80+ ratings are is just the lower the rating the more electricity it will use and the more heat it will burn. This link is a more technical explanation.

This the PSU I have.





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#12450685 Jun 09, 2016 at 11:26 PM
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Although I'm sure everyone's forgotten this thread by now, figured I'd wrap up the story. It took a long time for me to make sure I had the spare money for it, but I got it and bought myself a Corsair 750x power supply (fully modular) and after a couple of minor mistakes hooked it up in my pc. After checking that it worked, I went right on ahead and finally, FINALLY installed the gtx 970 I bought months ago.
The computer is all set up, and while I'm not expecting a giant performance boost over my old 750 Ti, if anyone catches me on PlanetSide 2 (or any other games) I will no doubt be raving about how good everything looks.

TLDR: Everything is now back in tip-top shape!
Shayn - "Sunderer Slayer"
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#12450845 Jun 10, 2016 at 01:02 AM
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Omg yes. Shayn. Once I finish school, go camping in Michigan for a week, then go backpacking in New Mexico for two weeks. We will play. So. F***ing. Much.
"The Law"
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