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Okey, so i'm planning on building an entirely new rig for folding, gaming and 'the fun of overclocking stuff'.
I dont game alot, but i do use photoshop, illustrator and indesign often. So it doesnt have to be a kick-ass GPU.

Basicly its down to 2 gpu's that cost the same:
1) MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone II 1GD5/OC
2) EVGA GeForce GTS 450

(i know the GTX 460 is way better but it costs 50% more and it uses 50% more power)


After watching this graph i concluded that the GTS 450 is better becaus its PPD is higher and its power draw is lower then the GTX 550.

What do you guys think?

And a little off-topic but i'll also need an PSU upgrade, will an OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W be sufficient for a rig with an X4 or X6 AMD CPU and a single GPU?

Thanks in advance,
CiBi
 
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If you wanted you could get the 460 that is in Bstock at EVGA. 120$

Yes, the PSU will be more then enough biggrin.gif
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I belive that graph is off on the 550, I get around 8.7K PPD on a stock clock, but while overclocked to 1000 MHz I get around 9.2-10K PPD. While the 450 gets 7.6K at stock and around 8.2K PPD overclocked to 900MHz. This was on those 1325 point work unit.

However, I would only get the 550 over the 450 if 550 was within 10 dollars of the 450.

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Gts 450 = 104€
gtx 550 = 102€
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CiBi;15482548 
Gts 450 = 104€
gtx 550 = 102€

I can't help you.. Your avatar makes me very uneasy..

Edit: get the GTx
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Originally Posted by CiBi;15482548 
Gts 450 = 104€
gtx 550 = 102€

GTX 460 768mb, if you can find one.
    
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I'll probably go for the GTX 460 anyway becaus i wont have to upgrade it as fast as the others, cant find a 768mb one here in Belgium thou.

Could someone explain in short the basics of what specs i should look at for the best folding card or the one that allows the most overclocking. What are the best brands, etc.
 
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TBH I'd be looking for the cheapest card rather than any specific one. On GPUs a few extra points on the core doesn't make a huge difference (much less than a few extra MHz makes with SMP/-bigadv for example, as no bonus points are involved). The 'best' cards can be significantly more expensive than the cheaper ones - for the price difference you'd be better off adding an extra card into the mix.
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