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Old 01-04-2012, 10:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Have opportunity to purchase a used PC for $400, It has a MOBO that has limited slots for GPU. want to make sure I can fit a good GPU in it. It will make my life alot easier as my old AMD dual core is dying and I have 3 kids wanting access to a PC - but I only have 2 PC's functioning well.

CPU= 2500K with a Zalman 92mm Hydraulic cooler
MOBO= MSI P67A-C43
RAM= Corsair XMS3 ( 1333mhz) 4 x 2GB = 8 GB total
Case= Theramaltake V3 Black w/ Coolermaster 120mm fan
2 hard drives = 1) WD blue 1TB 2)Seagate 1TB (5400 rpm)
DVD drive= Sony optiarc
PSU= Ultra LSP550 = 550 watt

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Thinking about adding a 560ti to make this bad boy a good gamer as it has no current GPU in it at all. Need to know that it will fit and work properly. Also , while I think that is a great deal, opinions are welcomed.
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The motherboard has one PCI-E x16 slot, which is what all current GPUs require. So you're fine on the motherboard front.
Your power supply also needs two PCI-E 6-pins to power a GTX560 Ti, which the Ultra LSP550 does have.

So, you're fine to buy and run a GTX560 Ti.
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Cool- cant seem to get all this down yet regarding the MOBO/PCI stuff - read that this MOBO is limited - so wanted to make sure about it- I don't think you can SLI/Crossfire on this MOBO though- but don't plan on doing that anyhow. . Put my last PC together- but this is a deal I cant pass up.
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I don't think you can SLI/Crossfire on this MOBO though
You are correct on that, as it only has the one PCI-E x16 slot.
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Yeah- Us old guys learn slow- Now to order 2 GPU's - one for each of the 2500K builds. Ouch- this is going to hurt the pocketbook.
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don't overclock the system with a gtx 560 ti unless you upgrade the power supply first.
it has 30A on the 12V rail.
30 * 12 = 360 watts max.
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Don't overclock the 560ti or don't overclock the 2500K or don't overclock either?
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Neither. The power supply isn't a very good model and so can only just handle that configuration. Overclocking drives up the power consumption greatly which the PSU can't handle.
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Ya- that was the weak point of the build - no doubt. How about my other build I used this PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...941e639d37b2c2
= Ocz modsteam 600watt. Can I overclock that setup? How about this GPU for both builds?

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Ya- that was the weak point of the build - no doubt. How about my other build I used this PSU:
Newegg.com - OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
= Ocz modsteam 600watt. Can I overclock that setup? How about this GPU for both builds?

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GPU looks good, but you are in Pittsburgh, so why not just order from Newegg? I live there too, and everything I order gets to me really fast with standard shipping. Just saying. And I'm not too sure about OC'ing with that PSU either, it only gives you 50w more headroom. But you could probably OC the CPU a tad with it.
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