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    Im seriously considering goin sli with GTX 260s but dont want to shell out big bucks for a 1000 watt psu..........I have an old 450 watt psu and Im thinking of using it to run the second card(just to power the second 260) along with my 65o watt psu (the one thats in my case)will this work?

    Tex

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    Re: Would this be possible?

    Depending on the quality of that 650 watt psu you may not need to upgrade for SLI.
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    • #3
      Re: Would this be possible?

      Originally posted by FBmantis View Post
      Depending on the quality of that 650 watt psu you may not need to upgrade for SLI.
      I really dont want to chance it....but thanks for the reply

      Tex

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      • #4
        Re: Would this be possible?

        What resolution are you gaming at? Are you using multiple displays?

        If you're not using multiple monitors and/or am not gaming at a higher resolution (ex: 1920 x 1080/1200), then it might just be better to save your money for a better graphics card instead of spending it on another GTX260 for SLI.
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          Re: Would this be possible?

          Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
          What resolution are you gaming at? Are you using multiple displays?

          If you're not using multiple monitors and/or am not gaming at a higher resolution (ex: 1920 x 1080/1200), then it might just be better to save your money for a better graphics card instead of spending it on another GTX260 for SLI.
          I am gamin at 1900/1080

          Tex

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          • #6
            Re: Would this be possible?

            Well even at 1920 x 1080, I'd save up for a better single card instead. The newer HD5xxx AMD cards run cooler, eat less power (thus requires a less powerful PSU), and generally offer good price-to-performance ratios. If you get another GTX260 + a new PSU, you'd have to figure if the extra 20 fps (or whatever) is worth the $250+ you're spending.
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              Re: Would this be possible?

              Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
              Well even at 1920 x 1080, I'd save up for a better single card instead. The newer HD5xxx AMD cards run cooler, eat less power (thus requires a less powerful PSU), and generally offer good price-to-performance ratios. If you get another GTX260 + a new PSU, you'd have to figure if the extra 20 fps (or whatever) is worth the $250+ you're spending.
              Actually a new 260 is 200 and I already have another psu the 450 Im just interested in whether it is possible to run the old psu as a second power source switching to ati is a pain after havinga nvidia card and would require a reformat of the HD and reinstalling the OS

              Tex

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                Re: Would this be possible?

                Originally posted by TexasTwister View Post
                Actually a new 260 is 200 and I already have another psu the 450 Im just interested in whether it is possible to run the old psu as a second power source switching to ati is a pain after havinga nvidia card and would require a reformat of the HD and reinstalling the OS

                Tex
                Switching to a ATI card does not require you to reformat or reinstall Windows. Short of replacing your motherboard, you won't need to do either of those two things when you change your hardware.

                You should be able to run the second card on the 450W. However, you'll need to find online how to trick the PSU into powering your card since you don't have a second motherboard on hand.
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                • #9
                  Re: Would this be possible?

                  I beg to differ changing to ATI is a nightmare without reformatting because harware drivers are not easily removed from the registry Ive read about people trying and having all sorts of issues.

                  Tex

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                  • #10
                    Re: Would this be possible?

                    Originally posted by TexasTwister View Post
                    I beg to differ changing to ATI is a nightmare without reformatting because harware drivers are not easily removed from the registry Ive read about people trying and having all sorts of issues.

                    Tex
                    I can tell you first hand, I have not had any problems switching from ATI to nVidia and back. I just recently went from nVidia 8800GT to a HD5830. I plugged in the new card, installed the ATI drivers, and then uninstalled the nVidia drivers via Control Panel. I'm sure many here have done the same without any issues.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Would this be possible?

                      Originally posted by TexasTwister View Post
                      I beg to differ changing to ATI is a nightmare without reformatting because harware drivers are not easily removed from the registry Ive read about people trying and having all sorts of issues.

                      Tex
                      You've probably heard either from some ignorant people, or some people with very weird problems. You should have no problem switching video drivers. I've done it many, many times with out any problems (except for that one time that they conflicted with my Creative sound drivers...).
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                      • #12
                        Re: Would this be possible?

                        Like others have said, it isn't a big deal to switch video card brands. I haven't done it in a while but I generally unistall the old drivers, install the new card, boot into safe mode and run driver cleaner, normal boot and install the drivers for the new card and play games with a smile on my face.
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