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 Post subject: GTX 780 - Compatible?
 Post Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:31 am 
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Not sure if this should go here, or the "other" section, but I've been looking into purchasing a GTX 780 and I just wanted to confirm if its compatible with the default 630 motherboard.


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 Post subject: Re: GTX 780 - Compatible?
 Post Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:38 am 
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Although it should work, the 780's performance will be significantly bottlenecked by the stock 630i mobo. IMO you'd be much better off upgrading your system to a newer i5 or i7-based mobo before you invest in a high-end graphics card. I would also replace your stock 630i PSU with something likely to last longer as an investment for your other hardware; as methodical told me: "as the PSU ages, it generates less power than advertised." i.e. if it failed due to age, it could take one or more of your newer components with it (see link below for an example of this):

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 Post subject: Re: GTX 780 - Compatible?
 Post Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:43 am 
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Thanks for the reply, gdonner! Good advice!

I stumbled across this: http://en.community.dell.com/support-fo ... 87414.aspx
while researching t.... It really sucks that things get "locked" like that....


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 Post subject: Re: GTX 780 - Compatible?
 Post Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:36 pm 
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So I found a great deal on it...so I got the 780 before the rest. I know... I know... But I'll upgrade the rest within 1-3 months and anything us better than an old VGA card...

So gdonner, what board would you most recommend? Same for PSU. Should I get a new case, or can I manage ok with the xps tower for the new components?

Also, a question about the actual card. My old card had/has an um....extension that fit into the slots near the front of the case. The new one doesn't, and I doubt I can use the old one's thing.

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I always assumed it was to help distribute the weight.

Is there some kinda equivalent part? What would it be called?


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 Post subject: Re: GTX 780 - Compatible?
 Post Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:05 pm 
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Personally (with a nice 780 literally on-board), I would get a nice new roomy tower case. Not that the 630i case wouldn't do, but IMO it lacks some of the nicer features that new cases provide, such as better options for cable management, and side/back panel cut-outs so you can easily add CPU coolers with little fuss.

With a 780, you're probably going to want at least an 850W PSU--any solid rated Corsair or Seasonic one will do the trick, with modular ones giving you a cleaner PC interior (if you don't need all the cables it offers).

As for the mobo, I've been recommending the ASRock Z87 Extreme4 (link below), but again, any solid-rated (by newegg.com customers) ASRock, Gigabyte, ASUS, or MSI board should do the trick.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813157369

Here's another mobo suggestion (Gigabyte):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813128591

Note that these newer mobos require an 1150-socket Intel CPU (not the Intel 1155). However, all CPU coolers from the 1155 series work fine with the 1150 sockets, so no problem there. Also, if you go with an ASUS mobo, note that it requires a modification to the front panel connectors; ASRock, Gigabyte and MSI mobos do not require this mod.

Re: the extension; I'm clueless on that one--I'll leave that for our gurus or anyone who can answer it.

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 Post subject: Re: GTX 780 - Compatible?
 Post Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:17 am 
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I ran two GTX 560's off the stock PSU, as long as your not filling the case with a ton of HDDs and doing some hardcore overclocking the stock one will probably be fine as far as power output goes. Age might be another issue, but I've seen plenty of shitty PSUs last almost 10 years so I'm not too worried.

But if you get a new case definitely get a new PSU to go with it. The 630 one is cut specifically for the case and probably wont fit well in another.

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 Post subject: Re: GTX 780 - Compatible?
 Post Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:16 am 
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I've only seen that tail fin on my 200 Series cards (285, 275) my 600 series card doesn't have the screw holes, but I also don't feel it's necessary. The goal is to prevent droop like in this picture...

http://i.imgur.com/wMcWeFN.jpg

I've never seen a tail fin like in the 630i before, and it seems to me that it's only present in the computer cause the case fan has that slot for it. neat accessory though :P

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