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Hello, as u can see my system is 2 + years old and i think its is time to replace my old graphic card for a GIGABYTE gtx 480 Super Overclock for about 400 $ at newegg. the processor , ill replace later this year, only the graphic card atm due to my budget.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...YTE-_-14125350

My questions are : will this card fit on my dp455g motherboard and my antec 9 hundreds 2 case no problem? will i have problem replacing an Ati video card for a Nvidia video card? do i have to do some configuration or all i do is just to remove the old card then install the new card then install the driver? Will a 500 watt psu be enuff for this new card or do i have to get something stronger like 700-800 watts ?

plz help me , i am a dummy when talking about pc, i rarely upgrade my pc so i am very affraid of breaking my system !! thx in advance for your time and sorry for my english.

Edit : in the end i will be getting an gtx 570 instead due to its cheaper and better overall, thx for helping me ! =D
Edited by Sushimaster - 1/24/11 at 2:31pm
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if you overclock the E7400 to say...3.8GHZ like mine used to run at, youll have little to no problems with that card, it may be a tight fit but you should be able to get it in no problem, as far as power wise, id go at least to 600W before putting the card in, put the new card in, uninstall ati driver, install nvidia driver, done
Edited by PCSarge - 1/24/11 at 1:30pm
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NO! do not get the gtx 480. a gtx 570 or 6970 performs better while costing $50 less.

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/radeon...w-32073-8.html
    
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I'd say upgrade your PSU for sure.

Never heard of that mobo so I can't comment.

Personally I'd reformat the PC if I was switching brands of GPUs.

You're CPU is going to be a rather large bottleneck I'd imagine unless you OC it to a better speed - 3.5Ghz would be a LOT better.
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If you MB has PCI Express then the card should work. I think u need at least 650 to run that card not sure, so maybe look into the 750 range for future upgrades. and just uninstall the old drivers then remove the card, pop in the new one and install drivers from the nvidia site so u have the newest ones.
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Go for GTX570. Lower power consumption, more power and lower price.

A GTX570 should be able to fit in antec 902 but minimum psu recommened by nvidia is 550 watt, so I'd say upgrade psu.

BUT

YOUR CPU WILL BOTTLENECK NEW CARDS.
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if you overclock the E7400 to say...3.8GHZ like mine used to run at, youll have little to no problems with that card, it may be a tight fit but you should be able to get it in no problem, as far as power wise, id go at least to 600W before putting the card in, put the new card in, uninstall ati driver, install nvidia driver, done
aw lol, i have to overclock my cpu to use this new card? why is that lol? can u explain to me plz =D
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Go for GTX570. Lower power consumption, more power and lower price.

A GTX570 should be able to fit in antec 902 but minimum psu recommened by nvidia is 550 watt, so I'd say upgrade psu.

BUT

YOUR CPU WILL BOTTLENECK NEW CARDS.
So..
but i read review about this 480 soc from gigabyte and they say this card is near the power of the gtx 580 =S
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NO! do not get the gtx 480. a gtx 570 or 6970 performs better while costing $50 less.

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/radeon...w-32073-8.html
But that is a reference Gtx 480, not the gtx 480 soc one, still ill reconsider the Gtx 570 now , didnt really do much research for the gtx 570, what gtx 570 u recommended that that best cooling ?
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DON'T buy that card. Get a GTX570. I think the recommended wattage is 600Watt so get something similar (corsair 750w).
Now about system setup, download "driver sweeper" from guru3d. uninstall the ATI driver. shutdown pc. remove card. boot up in safe mode by pressing f8 during startup. use driver sweeper to remove ati driver traces. stutdown. install NVidia card. restart pc. Install latest nvidia driver. finito.


PS: Get the mighty GTX570 and the world will kneel before you, seriously man... its far better than 480, dnt wanna go into details now, others have pointed em out already +better tesselation cores.
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