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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by cricketbodine, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. cricketbodine New Member

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    Would a Corsair TX850 PSU and (2) GTX 580 graphics cards be compatible with my HPE-257c PC, also would it be better to run 2 GTX 580 cards or 1 GTX 690? It's the base model no upgrades so far and its been a great PC but I've recently started video editing and really need an upgrade
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    If this is your PC:
    Refurbished: HP Pavilion Elite HPE-257c (BK424AAR#...

    According to the specs you only have 1 PCI-E x16 slot so that would mean no SLI or CrossFire:
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    That being said, you would notice a very nice performance boost with a single GTX 580 or the GTX 690; however there are many newer cards from both camps that will out perform the GTX 580 and are in a good price range.
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  3. cricketbodine New Member

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    Could you recommend some other graphics cards?
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    First you need to upgrade the psu the stock 300w one it just not enough for any decent gpu.
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    Ive never seen a OEM PC with two PCI-e slots. But list all your hardware. Im not sure the rest of your components would benifite from such a upgrade

    And yes a 690 would be bete then 2 x 580
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    Sure a gtx 690 would be better than 2 570's but it also has a ginormous price.
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    Just as a btw, these high-end gaming cards mentioned so far are

    a) Overkill for gaming below 2560*1600.
    b) Overkill for video editing. An SSD might be a better upgrade.
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    If it's for video editing a faster videocard won't help much, unless you have video-editing software that can make use of Opencl or Nvidia's CUDA. In general for video editing you need a faster processor.

    Anyway if your PC is the one HammerOn mentioned, then you can only use one videocard, just because there's only one PCI-E x16 slot on the motherboard. While the Core i7 860 with 8 threads should be enough for fast video-editing, but you could use a boost from a decent overclock, but I guess the motherboard in that HP PC wouldn't allow it.

    Anyway, if besides video-editing you also want to play demanding video games, then a GTX 670 and a Corsair TX650 V2 PSU would be more than enough (depending on the screen resolution of your LCD monitor or single/multi-monitor setup).
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    For a stock i7 8** and GTX 670, a good 500W PSU would be (considerably more than) enough.

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