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Looking to upgrade the gpu in my R1, any recommendations?

mobiousblack

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So I'm looking to swap out the 555 in my r1 to any card that's nvidia and a 6 series or higher. Any recommendations? I was looking into a 670 but the power draw on that seems like it's too much for the 330watt psu. This also brings to question are there any custom psus out there that I can use with higher wattage?

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ejohnson

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670 workss just fine in the x51 as does the 770.

ANything at or below the X70 gpu will work just fine with the 330psu
 

ejohnson

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Just make sure the gpu you get has a blower style fan and not the ones with the fans that just blow air onto the card.

You need to get the ones that blow it out the back
 

mike2o6

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GTX 760 is just right there with the 670 and for only 250 bucks I love mines =) you can also get the 4gb for 280 if you plan to run a higher resolution monitor!
 

mobiousblack

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I checked out reviews for the 670, 760, and 770 all of which drain more than 330 watts under load when running games like bf3. How do you guys deal with that? Do you down clock and undervolt the cards? I just want to be 100% sure everything will be OK before I make the plunge.

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mike2o6

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Where are you seeing that it draws more then 330w? Are you looking at the TDP? The gtx 670 and gtx 760 draws about 170w so I dont know where your getting your numbers.
 

ejohnson

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The numbers he is getting probably is for total system power. Most reviewers list the power pull of the whole computer when running.
 

mobiousblack

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Where are you seeing that it draws more then 330w? Are you looking at the TDP? The gtx 670 and gtx 760 draws about 170w so I dont know where your getting your numbers.

The numbers he is getting probably is for total system power. Most reviewers list the power pull of the whole computer when running.

I was just looking at the reviews of each of those cards at anandtech. You are right they list total system power consumption I missed that on the chart. For the 770 it's 374 watts but that's with an Ivy 3960x over clocked to 4,3ghz. Yet that's more power draw than a 680 and the guys at gamespot had trouble with installing 680 so I think it would be safer to go with something along the lines of a 760 or a 670. Benchmarks show the 670 ahead with less power consumption. Wonder why nvidias new cards are so power hungry lol.
 
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in my alienware x51 r1 i have an gtx 660 ti video card. and it work great, only the temps. are little higher. on the video card.
 

jayhernandez7

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Yeah, 330+ watts for that GPU is kinda a lot lol. You should be fine with any card (no Titan though) and I recommend you get a GPU that has rear exhaust so it pushes all the hot air out the back end.
 
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