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I recently "borked" my 6950 so I need a new GFX card.

Been thinking about getting the GTX 580. My budget is around $500ish. I have another option to get a Sapphire 5970 with Accelero Arctic Cooler(one of them anyway) for 450$. There is no warranty on the card since there's an aftermarket cooler, otherwise it would still have 3 months left on the warranty. It's a close friend of mine, and I know it's never been abused in any way.

Will my PSU be able to run the GTX 580? It's a Thermaltake TR2-600NL2NH.
Also, would the GTX 580 fit in a CM 690 II Basic?

my mobo and CPU are ASUS P8H67-M PRO and i5 2500k
Edited by igortbelem - 10/20/11 at 9:22pm
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I think thats a yes, because you run it a 6950, so thats not a problem, but i recommend you, buy a better PSU for that kind of cards (a 800W will be fine).
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Yes your PSU should be able to run the GTX 580 fine. For future reference you can use this tool http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...e-v0-99-a.html
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Thanks for that. I used the tool and it says I need a 475Watt PSU. I dont understand if that's right or not. On the box for the EVGA GTX 580 it says recommended 800 watt psu. (confused).

Would the used(for almost 2 years) 5970 with the Accelero XTREME be a better buy for 500$?
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can you elaborate on meaning of "borked" as its a new one to me.

But to your question, i'd go with the new 580 for three reasons:
Firstly the 580 is a fantastic card.

Secondly, i reckon 500 is way to much for a second hand card considering what you can get for new at that amount.

Thirdly do you want to put $500 between you and your mate? Sure he may never have done anything bad to the card but if you give him the $500 and then the card dies in a month, what happens? As you have no warranty what are your options as i imagine you don't have another spare $500 lying around. Do you demand the money back from your friend? What if he can't afford it, or worse telly you its just bad luck?

I always try to avoid mixing cash transactions and my friends.
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Originally Posted by spud84 View Post
can you elaborate on meaning of "borked" as its a new one to me.

But to your question, i'd go with the new 580 for three reasons:
Firstly the 580 is a fantastic card.

Secondly, i reckon 500 is way to much for a second hand card considering what you can get for new at that amount.

Thirdly do you want to put $500 between you and your mate? Sure he may never have done anything bad to the card but if you give him the $500 and then the card dies in a month, what happens? As you have no warranty what are your options as i imagine you don't have another spare $500 lying around. Do you demand the money back from your friend? What if he can't afford it, or worse telly you its just bad luck?

I always try to avoid mixing cash transactions and my friends.
I'm not so sure I should either, that's why I'm asking for others opinions. Thanks

Check this thread for the meaning of 'borked' http://www.overclock.net/amd-ati/114...re-damage.html
Edited by igortbelem - 10/19/11 at 10:19pm
post #7 of 7
Highest I've seen a 580 draw is around 360 or so in reviews. You should be fine with a 600 for that and rest of components.
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