Best bang for my buck DirectX 11 card that will work with my PSU

By Belvadier · 12 replies
Feb 24, 2011
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  1. Ok, so let's get the bad out of the way: I own an HP Pavillion Elite e9150t. Yes, I know I should have custom built a computer that had such high specs but I got a good deal on this and was lazy.

    Specs are: i7 920, 8gb ram, 1tb hdd, geforce gts250, and a wimpy 460w PSU

    my question is: are there any decent dx11 graphics cards that I can run with my lame psu in my system, and if so...what would be the best choice? I'd want the best bang for my buck and prefer to spend under $250 but definitely under $300...

    anything? or am i screwed?
  2. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Posts: 412

    Ehh, that PSU is really limited. Maybe a GTX460? I think even that would push your PSU.
  3. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,069   +427

    A gtx460 would probably work assuming that the psu can actually give what it says it can. Nvidia suggests a 450w psu so a 460w should work. If you don't want to push your psu that much you could see if ati/amd provides a similar card that doesn't go through as much power. I don't think this is going to be likely though.
  4. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    why not get a GTX 460 and a new psu? you should be able to keep it under $250 ish or maybe slightly over.
  5. rockyjohns

    rockyjohns TS Rookie Posts: 80,2845.html

    Note that it outperforms the GTX 460 and total system power requirements were about 300w.

    It is also on the THG “Best Cards for the Money” for February at the $240 price point:,2857-4.html

    For a specific card I recommend the EVGA GTX 560 Ti at $250:

    Here is a roundup of 5 models if you want to research further – and it shows the power requirements for all systems at about 300w.,2858.html

    If you are looking for more general information about upgrading your video card, suich as defining needs, learning more about PCIe cards or gaming cards, you might also want to take a look at:
  6. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    have you not seen how much power it takes to make the gtx 560 worth overclocking its not worth it overall imo because it uses to much power i think for that price point the 6870 is the best and uses very little power.
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

  8. Belvadier

    Belvadier TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    ohhh thanks for all your help everyone! lots of options...
  9. rockyjohns

    rockyjohns TS Rookie Posts: 80

    Can you post a link to source for saying the GTX 560 Ti use a lot more power for overclocking than the HD 6870?

    I favor nVidia over AMD in part because I think the CUDA and PHYSx features will be incorporated into more applications and the CUDA in particular will provide applications a source for significantly increasing performance.
  10. rockyjohns

    rockyjohns TS Rookie Posts: 80

    Klepto - still waiting for your source saying the GTX 560 Ti uses a lot more power for OC than the HD 6870.
  11. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    look on any of the reviews here on TS or around the web you will see that when OCed the 560 uses a lot of power compared to other video cards. this is with the card not even overclocked Here
  12. rockyjohns

    rockyjohns TS Rookie Posts: 80

    Hmm - still no reviews or any sources on OC

    The card may run a little hotter than its ATI competitor. Which means IF OP overclocks it will run a little hotter too. But OP never said he would OC and his PSU does not lhave room to OC either card.

    I still recommend the GTX 560.
  13. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9



    how about that ?

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