Which Graphics Card would my PC (support) be able to handle?


Do you think I should upgrade my video card?

Poll closed Dec 24, 2013.
  1. Yup

  2. Nah

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  1. Hello,

    I've been thinking about changing my Video Card to another (better) NVIDIA,

    My current computer specs:
    Computer Name: PavilionElite
    System Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
    BIOS: 06/25/10 11:11:05 Ver: 5.15
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, 64 bit (6.1, Build 7600)
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 860 @ 2.80GHz (8 CPUs), Intel64 Family 6 Model 30 Stepping 5
    Processor Count: 8
    RAM: 8192 Mb (Will be extended to 16384 Mb)
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, 1792 Mb
    Power Supply: 460W
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 1419484 MB, Free - 1282481 MB; D: Total - 1430547 MB, Free - 1087411 MB; E: Total - 11446 MB, Free - 1649 MB;
    Motherboard: MSI, IONA
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
    Antivirus: McAfee All Access - Total Protection Updated & Enabled

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    Which Nvidia Graphics Cards does my PC maximum support?

    Could it support one of those?
    -GeForce GTX TITAN
    -GeForce GTX TITAN Microsite
    -GeForce GTX 7-Series Microsite
    -GeForce GTX 780 Ti (new!)
    -GeForce GTX 780
    -GeForce GTX 770
    -GeForce GTX 760
    -GeForce GTX 690
    -GeForce GTX 680
    -GeForce GTX 670
    -GeForce GTX 660 Ti
    -GeForce GTX 660
    -GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST
    -GeForce GTX 650 Ti
    -GeForce GTX 650
    -GeForce GTX 590

    Could you also be specific which ones would be the best for me to buy?
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,549   +2,894

    Upgrading from a GTX 260, I'm not sure I would select a 660 or 760. Unless I was going for DirectX 11 capability. The 670 requires a 500W power supply and the 770 requires a 600W power supply. So while DirectX 11 would be an upgrade, if you are wanting a large performance increase, you will need a larger power supply than 460W. Judging by the dimensions of the GTX 260, I would say the longer graphics cards (11 inches) would physically fit. Speaking of the GTX 260, nVidia specifies a 500W is required. I know the specifications allow for headroom, so it is your call whether you want to risk a card that calls for 500W.
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  3. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,191   +590

    Agreed with @cliffordcooley, grab a 670 or a 760, thats the best your going to get.
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  4. MelihSivrikaya

    MelihSivrikaya TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Is my motherboard compatible with them?
    660, 670, 760?
  5. MelihSivrikaya

    MelihSivrikaya TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What about the 780 TI?
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,549   +2,894

    If you have a PCIe x16 slot, it is compatible. Compatibility is a non-issue unless you are wanting specific features, such as SLI or Crossfire.

    If you want a 780 Ti there is nothing preventing you other than the PSU. Thats assuming the GTX 260 is the same length as the 780 Ti, judging by the 260 specs they are. The 780 Ti requires a 600W power supply, with one 8-pin and one 6-pin PCIe power connector.
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2013
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  7. MelihSivrikaya

    MelihSivrikaya TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks a lot!

    So if I want to get 780 Ti, all I have to do is buy a stronger power supply (600W+)
  8. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,191   +590

    Yes, and to make sure it will fit in your case of course.
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  9. thanos999

    thanos999 TS Rookie

    Befor you spend a lot off money on a 780ti what resilution are you using if your using 1080 you will be wasting money buy buying a 780ti you would be ok using a 760 that will run all the modern games at max or very hihg settings at that resilution you only need a 780ti if you are running multi screens or using 4k screens and also its cheaper to run 2 760 in sli than it is to buy a 780ti and 2 760 in sli are better than 1 780ti for frame rates
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  10. MelihSivrikaya

    MelihSivrikaya TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have a 27 inch 1920 x 1080 HDTV, will that be okay? (GTX 780 Ti)
  11. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,191   +590

    Well you maybe getting a little overkill grabbing a 780ti for one 1080p display in all honesty. Plus your Processor would bottleneck that GPU so you would not get the full benefit of it anyway. I would if I were you just get (If you must have a high end card) a 780 regular which would still be bottle necked and eventually upgrade you entire machine.
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  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,549   +2,894

    If that were the plan, why settle for 780? Getting the 780 Ti now would be a small start on the new system. And besides the CPU bottleneck would depend on specific games, which haven't been discussed yet. Even then the bottleneck wouldn't be that bad.

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  13. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,191   +590

    But thats $200 dollars more to run at 1080p resolution on an old processor. I mean if were straight up talking only GPU dependant games then it would be fine, and an i7 860 is 4.5 years old now (Quarter 3 2009). Investing in a GPU like the 780ti which costs a minimum of 679.99 (newegg PNY version) vs a now minimum 499.99 on newegg for a 780 which is already not the far behind on the 780ti would be a better investment for 1080p. I would say save the buck and upgrade the other internals down the line with that savings. Also remember 1080p is just not that dependant on power anymore and even on a game like BF4, a 780 at 1080p does just fine.
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2013
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  14. MelihSivrikaya

    MelihSivrikaya TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Alright, let's say I'll be getting the 780... Will it fit in my case? There is nearly space.. If it's even 1millimeter bigger than the GTX 260 it won't fit... I could barely take my RAM out because it touches the videocard
  15. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,191   +590

    Stock length of a GTX 260 is 10.5 Inches, the length of a GTX 780 is also at 10.5 inches so if your worried about length, as long as you stick with a reference cooler and the 260 you had was also reference, you should be more than fine fitting that into your machine.

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