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    Default Video/PC Upgrade Suggestions

    I have a studio XPS 420 that is about 4 years old now and I'm looking for suggestions on upgrades to get the full visual quality of Rift. I played the last Beta and the game ran just fine, getting about 50-60fps BUT, that was on the Low Rendering mode or whatever it was called. Looking for a good video card around the $100-$150 price range. Also would bumping up my system memory help?

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    NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB

    Thanks in advance!

    Edit: 375W power suppy
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    Provided your power supply could handle the change, provided you have a big enough case...

    Evga GTX 460 w/768 meg, Superclocked $145 post rebate.
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    Thanks rabb1t. Looks like a power supply upgrade will be needed as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rabb1t View Post
    Provided your power supply could handle the change, provided you have a big enough case...

    Evga GTX 460 w/768 meg, Superclocked $145 post rebate.
    Rabb1t I am curious, do you think the Evga is worth $55 more than a Galaxy? The fan is a little loud but I still can't see paying that more for a better brand. I am guessing it might be stock overclocked a little more but still,...

    Anima, I am not sure on Rabb1t's opinion but here is what I went with instead. (Actually picked up a second for SLI) You will definitely need a power supply and I agree with him that a Corsair CMPSU-650TX is a good one for the price.

    Galaxy GTX 460 - $90 post rebate
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    http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

    Use this to help you decide on a PSU. FYI remember to set capacitor aging to 30-40%.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eboo View Post
    Rabb1t I am curious, do you think the Evga is worth $55 more than a Galaxy? The fan is a little loud but I still can't see paying that more for a better brand. I am guessing it might be stock overclocked a little more but still,...

    Anima, I am not sure on Rabb1t's opinion but here is what I went with instead. (Actually picked up a second for SLI) You will definitely need a power supply and I agree with him that a Corsair CMPSU-650TX is a good one for the price.

    Galaxy GTX 460 - $90 post rebate
    EVGA has lifetime warranties on all of their GPUs. That alone is worth the extra $$$
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    As far as PSUs, please bear in mind:

    Power Supply wattage Rating means very little, and is often used as a selling point.

    The amperage on the 12V Rail, and effeciency are the 2 most important factors to be looking at.

    This is why a 500W Corsair Power Supply for example, can do the same job better than a off brand 850W Power Supply.
    It well have no issues where as, the seeminly more powerful off brand, chokes.
    So do not look at just advertised wattage.

    Also, some companies advertise wattage as the Peak power the PSu can handle. Where as others, are advertising the continuous power. 2 completely different things.

    Do not skimp here.

    Corsair are very good, as well as Antec. One of the 2 would be where I would start.


    And I agree, if you decide to go with a Nvidia card, EVGA would be the way to go.
    If you decide on ATI, I would look to Sapphire.
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    Thanks for the insights everyone.

    The EVGA GTX 460 "looks" like it will fit, length is not an issue it's the 2x slot size I'm concerned about. It looks like it will fit under the cpu fan housing but i'm not sure if any part of the cards fan would be right under it. Any have an actual measurement of 2x slots?

    Thanks!

    Oh and yeah, going to get a Corsair PSU.

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