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Hiya, hopefully this topic hasn't been beaten into the ground, but I'm looking for some advice.

I have two computers I'd like to get a Nvidia card for, one is a server with a Phenom X4 965 running 24/7 and an older 450W Antec power supply. And the other is my sig rig.

Since the server is running 24/7 anyway, I figured I might as well make it fold. What is a good low-power cheap card that will fold well enough 24/7 without making a lot of noise?

My sig rig already has two 5770's, but I have an extra slot that I figure I might as well put an Nvidia card in for PhysX. First off, do you think this is a worth-while venture? I've never used PhysX, and I'm not sure any of my games do, but I kind of figure it wouldn't hurt to have.

The sig rig has a bottom-mounted power supply, so the card probably needs to be a single slot.

Thanks!

EDIT:
Oh! And on the sig rig, the remaining slot is a 1x slot.
Edited by SectorNine50 - 10/27/11 at 1:18pm
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i use an 8800gt and it seems to do the trick. the cost/benefit ratio isn't so great above that model. also, there aren't a ton of cheap 1-slot models above that anyway.
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a GTS450 is a big win.
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I've seen mention of a 9500GT or a 9600GSO being used in this application as well, is that worth while for either Folding or PhysX? I'd like to try to get the lowest power-load possible since the server is on an older PSU.

The GTS450 looks like it'd be a good choice, unfortunately I can't find a single slot anywhere. I'll have to look at my case to see if my PSU would block the airflow to the card.

As for the 8800, I fear that power usage may be a bit more than I'd like.
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post #5 of 10
I think that a gts 250 will fit the bill.
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Any g92 card will be good for it.
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Try a 9800gt lower power consumption card. But to be honest I do not see how your power supply can take any more unless you go with a smaller card like a 8600 (really cheap) or a 9600gt.
http://www.yougamers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=87272
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Originally Posted by sabbathcrazy View Post
Try a 9800gt lower power consumption card. But to be honest I do not see how your power supply can take any more unless you go with a smaller card like a 8600 (really cheap) or a 9600gt.
http://www.yougamers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=87272
If you are talking about the sig rig, the 5770's really take very little power. My rig as a whole is only using around 450W under load as it stands (EDIT: Might actually have to double check, a few things have changed since I took that reading).

However, out of curiosity, would something like a 9500 or 9600 be able to drive PhysX? It would be nice to keep power draw and heat to a minimum.
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After some math, the power supply point was a good one. I think I would start getting into the inefficiency range on both supplies with another card (particularly with the age of the server PSU). The change to SB, overclocking, and watercooling added some more load to my PSU. I'll probably stay as-is for now, but I thank you all for the help.
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