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Cheaply upgrading my Radeon HD4350

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April 2, 2013 10:44:06 AM

Graphics are the thing I know about least when it comes to computer tech so please be very detailed and clear.

I have a HP Pavilion Elite e9107c with a IPIEL-LA3 Eureka3 motherboard with a Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz CPU. I currently have a PCIe x16 ATI Radeon HD4350 (512MB DDR2) graphics card that gives me DVI, HDMI, & VGA ports.
I run dual monitors (primary out of DVI, secondary & a low resolution projector out of VGA via a VGA splitter cable) and sometimes use the HDMI for my TV. The fan bearing is going out and it has become noisey which gives me an excuse to replace it but know nothing about graphics cards or who the good brands are.

I sometimes have slight pixel lag when watching really large movie files. I don't do any gaming, though I enjoy flight simulators. I want to still have DVI, HDMI, & VGA ports to maintain my setup. I definitely don't have any extra space around the graphics card on my motherboard so I just need a slight upgrade the same size or smaller.

I was looking at the Radeon HD5450 but wasn't sure if it had the type of upgrades I need? What's important (framebuffer, bandwidth, etc) for my situation? Should I go fan or fanless?

Can anyone recommend a good card for under $40?

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April 2, 2013 11:01:52 AM

Hi,

When it comes to memory clock, core clock etc it's comparable only with models based with same chip. You can compare memory bandwith, texture fill rate etc but that does not mean that it will be that much stronger or weaker.

You can go for low profile video card (fainless) without any problem but you don't need to cause it's fan will run fast only in games.

This card will suite you and it's better than radeon 5450. If it's to expensive we can go for another.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b V Motherboard
April 2, 2013 11:04:18 AM

save money and get a 7750. going from 4350 to 5450 will not be a good upgrade you wont see a nice performance increase so your money will be wasted
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April 2, 2013 11:21:22 AM

My case gets pretty warm so my current GC's fan runs all the time. Should I be mindful of Max Power Draw on cards? My PSU is only 300W.
That seems like a pretty good card but it is definitely out of my price range and I'm concerned that the fan on it may be too high (when I say no extra space around my PCIe x16 slot I'm not kidding).
Thanks for the suggestion though. Any others?

Feldmarschall said:
Hi,

When it comes to memory clock, core clock etc it's comparable only with models based with same chip. You can compare memory bandwith, texture fill rate etc but that does not mean that it will be that much stronger or weaker.

You can go for low profile video card (fainless) without any problem but you don't need to cause it's fan will run fast only in games.

This card will suite you and it's better than radeon 5450. If it's to expensive we can go for another.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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April 2, 2013 11:25:38 AM

A Radeon HD 7750 or something else? All the Radeon HD 7750 cards I look up on Fry's and NewEgg are definitely out of my price range.

What about an Asus 6450 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)? Is it enough of an upgrade to clear up my problems? Is Asus a decent brand when it comes to GCs?

alvine said:
save money and get a 7750. going from 4350 to 5450 will not be a good upgrade you wont see a nice performance increase so your money will be wasted

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