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Offline Sxooter

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Re: video card
« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2013, 07:30:32 PM »
FYI, Microcenter has the GTX650 on sale for $110

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Re: video card
« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2013, 11:13:09 PM »
I think I'll go with this one.  http://www.microcenter.com/product/412537/02G-P4-3658-KR_NVIDIA_GeForce_GTX_650_Ti_Boost_2048MB_GDDR5_PCIe_30_x16_Video_Card

With the rebate, my brother has approved. I can even get it at Newegg $10 cheaper.

Should I get a cooler for this card? If yes, where can I find one?
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Re: video card
« Reply #17 on: July 03, 2013, 06:27:57 AM »
If you are going to get an open air cooler:
a) make sure you have a well ventilated case as it will dump hot air into the case instead of flushing it out the back
b) just buy a factory overclocked one with a custom cooler. Will end up being the same price, not so much d*cking around/voiding warranties for no reason.

MSI 650ti Boost Twin Frozor has one of the best coolers around and its $10 cheaper, but as it says on the site, limited availability as 700 series is probably about to hit them. You can get a 600 series now cheap or spend about 10% more for about 10% more performance with an equivalent 700 series.
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Re: video card
« Reply #18 on: July 03, 2013, 07:45:01 PM »
I know you said you weren't partial to AMD, but HD 7870 is 1 tier higher than GTX 650 Ti

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202025&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL070213&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL070213-_-EMC-070213-Index-_-DesktopGraphicsVideoCards-_-14202025-L0D

With promo code EMCXNXV23 and the mail in rebate you're looking at $174.19, so just slightly less than what you found, for a slightly better card.

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Re: video card
« Reply #19 on: July 03, 2013, 08:41:15 PM »
If you are going to get an open air cooler:
a) make sure you have a well ventilated case as it will dump hot air into the case instead of flushing it out the back
b) just buy a factory overclocked one with a custom cooler. Will end up being the same price, not so much d*cking around/voiding warranties for no reason.

MSI 650ti Boost Twin Frozor has one of the best coolers around and its $10 cheaper, but as it says on the site, limited availability as 700 series is probably about to hit them. You can get a 600 series now cheap or spend about 10% more for about 10% more performance with an equivalent 700 series.

If I buy either card, you said that there would have to be plenty of ventilation.  I am thinking of putting a new side panel with a 140mm fan in it.  Do you think the fan should be bigger?

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Re: video card
« Reply #20 on: July 04, 2013, 01:08:57 AM »
I own a GTX460SE and an AMD 7870. the 7870 pulls a LOT more power and makes a LOT more heat. So if you're worried about ventilation and cooling, the GTX650ti might be the better option.

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Re: video card
« Reply #21 on: July 04, 2013, 01:38:58 AM »
I own a GTX460SE and an AMD 7870. the 7870 pulls a LOT more power and makes a LOT more heat. So if you're worried about ventilation and cooling, the GTX650ti might be the better option.

My current card idles at 131 F or 55 C right now.
 
There is a place called Performance-pcs.com that is altering my window side panel.  I just have to decide how big of a fan I should order.  Should I just go with the 140mm fan for the side panel or bigger?
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Re: video card
« Reply #22 on: July 04, 2013, 04:47:38 AM »
My current card idles at 131 F or 55 C right now.
 
There is a place called Performance-pcs.com that is altering my window side panel.  I just have to decide how big of a fan I should order.  Should I just go with the 140mm fan for the side panel or bigger?

What case do you have?

Also, before you modify your case, consider the price/performance gain. Perhaps wait and see what kind of temps you get with a new card and then put that money towards upgrading your mobo/cpu/ram in the future? If you shave off 2 degrees for $100, it's not going to be the best $100 you spend. (all values are guesstimations)
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Re: video card
« Reply #23 on: July 04, 2013, 05:09:53 AM »
Its an old PC-65 Lian Li Midtower case.  Cost of the side panel & mod is $50-$60.

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Re: video card
« Reply #24 on: July 04, 2013, 06:11:29 AM »
Its an old PC-65 Lian Li Midtower case.  Cost of the side panel & mod is $50-$60.

You can get a whole new case for that. EVO Mid Tower ATX Case

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Re: video card
« Reply #25 on: July 04, 2013, 07:35:02 AM »
If you get a new case, you will probably get a side panel, fan and a whole bunch of extra features. A much more cost efficient use of $60. Just make sure your mobo is mountable in it.

You can probably franken-puter some old fans off your current case and use them as side, additional front and top fans (new case baring). Also note that you'll probably bottleneck any current gen card on an older platform. Before upgrading your case I'd look at your mobo/cpu/ram although you may have no choice but to upgrade the case too. Doing things in bits and bobs isn't recommended.

And one thing, are you employed/have income?
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Re: video card
« Reply #26 on: July 04, 2013, 09:55:35 PM »
If my brother got a new case, he would want one made entirely out of aluminum.  The one he has now has been his first and only case.  I have tried to tell him that others have more fans, more of everything and are typically made of plastic and/or steel.  He wants all aluminum.  I have looked for some new cases from Silverstone and Lian li but they want something like $150-$250.  Sorry my hands are tied.

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Re: video card
« Reply #27 on: July 05, 2013, 05:28:23 AM »
Yeah they're quite pricey. If he's calling the shots then I suppose he is also footing the bill? If he is while imposing these restrictions do what you suggested mate  ;D But if you're both chipping in, save up and build your own. I put together a cheap theoretical AMD system for about $500. It may be a lot (for me included) but it'll be your own.
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Re: video card
« Reply #28 on: July 09, 2013, 02:29:21 PM »
For a case, I strongly recommend a Turex 4.5 DIY Monster.  Made of clear acrylic with aluminum posts.  Reasonably priced.  No worries about ventilation.  It's wide open on all four sides.  Unlike other Turex cases, it has a full top so you can set stuff on your computer if you want to.  Mine has served me well for a couple of years now.