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What's the best Graphics card for a 460W PSU?

By Spirus
May 3, 2015
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  1. Just as the title says "What's the best Graphics card for a 460W PSU?" My goal would be to upgrade my GPU without upgrading PSU. My budget is $200. Thanks in advance.
    My specs:
    Pc Model : Dell XPS 8300-4005NBK
    CPU: Intel Core i5-2320 Quad-Core Processor 3.0 GHz
    GPU: 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6450 Graphics
    RAM: 6GB
    Hard Drive: 1TB SATA Hard Drive
    PSU: Dell XPS 8300 Mini-Tower 460 Watt Power Supply PSU (7P3WV H460AD-00)
     
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,551   +2,894

    I would say anything with a single 6-pin power connector, such as a GTX 960 or R9 270.
     
  3. Spirus

    Spirus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Would a R9 270x work despite the minimum wattage recommendation being 500 Watts? Whats the R9 270's minimum Wattage. I don't want anything too powerful that might fry my Computer, I would rather play it safe. By the way thanks for the quick response.
     
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,551   +2,894

    Probably, but I wouldn't want to risk it with a Dell OEM power supply. You never know when them things are going kaput.
     
  5. Spirus

    Spirus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Okay so out of the two GPUs you mentioned which one would you personally pick?
     
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,551   +2,894

    To be honest I am Biased toward Geforce and couldn't give a fair opinion about AMD.
     
  7. Spirus

    Spirus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    When you mentioned the GTX 960 were referring to the 2gb edition or the 4gb edition? Just want to make sure.
     
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,551   +2,894

    I'd say 2GB for non-SLI and 4GB for SLI. But then that all depends on the monitor(s) resolution you are using. If you plan on gaming at high resolutions that will need 4GB VRAM, you would likely want more horsepower than a single GTX 960 can handle.
     
  9. Spirus

    Spirus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I would game on 1920x1080 monitor. After some research I found out that the R9 270 actually needs around 500 watts so that's no longer a option. So I need to choose between Radeon R7 260X or GeForce GTX 960. The R7 260x requires 450 watts and while the GTX 960 supposedly only requires 400 watts. At this point I think we can both agree I should get the GeForce GTX 960 2gb.
     
  10. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 900   +15

    I vote for the GTX960 2GB because I am a satisfied user :)
     
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,551   +2,894

    Heck, I'm satisfied with my GTX 660. :)
     

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