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You'll be fine.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Vitaminx View Post
Does this card tend to run hotter than other cards? My 8800GTS idles at 52 Celsius. Is that considered pretty low for a video card?
the gtx 465/470/480 are known to run a bit hotter than other cards. if you have good airflow, it should not be an issue. And you will see a dramatic change going from the 8800 to the gtx 470 performance wise w/ a bit more room to oc it and further up the ante .
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Since you only have one then your power supply will be fine. For SLI you will need a 750 watt. I've already asked about SLI multiple times because I want to get a second 470 but with it being watercooled it and overclocked it will be too much for my current power supply. BTW that SeaSonic X-750 is probably the best 750 watt power supply you can buy.
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i have my 470 at 850mhz 1.1v and i also have the seasonic x750. works fine. it will even SLI 470s. SLI 480s is pushing it, but 470 does fine.
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Do those of you who have 470's use external GPU coolers or is that really not needed?
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Quote:
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Do those of you who have 470's use external GPU coolers or is that really not needed?
Originally I used the stock cooler but then I added a full watercooling loop and haven't looked back since
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post #17 of 32
water definitely helps them a lot, if you can't spend that much, there are aftermarket air coolers that will improve it. but the stock cooler is adequate unless you're pushing the card and running it a lot. a lot of folks keep their fan speed @ 60% and its very tolerable. I would recommend to run the fan speed @ +75% on benchmarks/high-stress tests. gaming, stick w/ 50-60% or less if the game is not stressing the gtx 470 a lot.
post #18 of 32
As everyone said before your current PS is good enough.

I bought my 470 right as summer started and i live in an Italian house and my computer is in a room with no windows. And just a ceiling fan for cooling. The room did get pretty toasty in the summer.

But since winter has came I do not even have to turn on my wall mounted radiator to heat my room, And my room stays warmer then my living room with the radiator on.

I literally use my 470 as a heater in my room during the winter by using the GPU folding client and turning the fan @ 75%.

Most definitely a con for the majority of people, but i absolutely love this card in the winter.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Vitaminx View Post
I've been thinking lately about upgrading my Video Card. But I think I will need a larger power supply to do so.

The video card I had in mind is this:

EVGA GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB

The Power Supply in mind is this:

SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W

Since the GPU needs at least 550W and my PSU currently is 620, I would need a larger wattage PSU wouldn't I? And what's the general opinion on that video card anyways? Would it be a really big upgrade from my 8800GTS 512MB?
Your current PSU would handle a GTX 470 with no problem. The Seasonic X750 can even handle 2 470s in SLI.
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After reading some information online I've come to expand my choice selection of video cards to ATI as well. Perhaps I shouldn't ask this on my thread since its in the Nvidia section after all

But I've been looking at these cards as well:

DIAMOND Radeon HD 5850

SAPPHIRE Toxic Radeon HD 5850

DIAMOND Radeon HD 5870

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5870

Any thoughts on these cards in comparison to the 470GTX? I've read that the 5870 runs 5-10% faster than the 470GTX. The 5850 runs 2-8% slower than the 470GTX. But basically that just tells me they are all in the same league pretty much. Not much difference or so I think.
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