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Radeon 9600 with a 250w PSU?

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August 17, 2007 5:00:40 AM

I'm looking to upgrade my old Geforce 4 MX420 on my Dell Dimension 4500. I found this Sapphire Radeon 9600 Pro on Newegg that looked great for me, as it's inexpensive and I don't want to put much more money into this computer as I will soon be building a new one. The only problem I saw with it is that I'm not sure my stock 250w PSU will be able to handle it. I've read many places with people asking similar questions and mostly I've found positive answers but I just want to consult with you guys to be sure there will be no problems.
Here are my other specs:
  1. Intel P4 2.40ghz
  2. 768MB PC2100 RAM (256+512)
  3. 2 IDE HDs (40GB, 250GB)
  4. DVD-ROM, DVD-RW drives
  5. Dell 1504FP Monitor
  6. Creative SB Live Value Sound Card
  7. nVidia Geforce 4 MX 420

I'd appreciate any help you guys can give me. (Other than "buy a new PSU" :) )

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August 17, 2007 6:35:40 AM

Having used both a 9600 and a Geforce4 MX440 on similar CPU and ram, you will see a great improvement! 9600s aren't power hungry at all, so you should be fine.
August 17, 2007 7:05:13 AM

I ran a 9600 se for years and got 100 fps on cs:cz and around 42 fps on cs:s @ 1280 x 1024 at average quality


the 9600 series was a good card for me :) 

enjoy
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August 17, 2007 7:47:24 AM

The 9600 Pro operates entirely off the AGP controller's connection and requires no external connector. I used one for quite a while, wasn't a great card by any means (even for it's time) but it can do a decent overclock and since it has no external connector it's almost impossible to fry.
August 17, 2007 9:06:06 AM

depending on what one you get you may even be able to convert it to an 9800xt
August 17, 2007 6:50:43 PM

wasn't it only possible to take it to 9800SE or Pro levels, The XT version was out of reach for the 9600.

First try the soft mod to see if you can unlock it, then a bios flash will unlock it for good. If it's not stable with the soft mod, the bios flash will not help.
August 17, 2007 10:54:27 PM

I've never heard of anyone modding a 9600Pro to a 9800XT. I've never heard of anyone modding a 9600 anything to a 9800 anything. IIRC it isn't physically possible. I think you're thinking of people modding a 9800Pros to an XTs.
August 17, 2007 11:04:31 PM

I think you should drop the issue and just save up for a new build altogether, it's not going to be worth it.
August 18, 2007 12:28:05 AM

I'd say it would be plenty worth it, and much cheaper then a whole new computer. Sure it isn't going to play some of the more recent games, but it can run things like Half-Life 2, Doom 3, Counter-Strike: Source and Command and Conquer 3.
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August 18, 2007 12:30:12 AM

rammedstein said:
depending on what one you get you may even be able to convert it to an 9800xt


Not possible.

the only succesful mod of an R9600 to R9800 was by me very early on, and while it's really easy, it's not very effective.

I'll recreate it here;

http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/4611/r9600prochipmodedal5.png
http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/6126/r9600promodpz0.jpg

:whistle: 

It was a great chip for what it was built for and a fantastic overclocker at the time, but there was no mod opportunity for the R9600 to make it an R9800 other than the pencil/marker/photochop method above.
August 18, 2007 12:44:49 AM

Heh... that was almost funny :)  Made me smile at least...
August 18, 2007 1:45:40 AM

Gravemind123 said:
I'd say it would be plenty worth it, and much cheaper then a whole new computer. Sure it isn't going to play some of the more recent games, but it can run things like Half-Life 2, Doom 3, Counter-Strike: Source and Command and Conquer 3.


Hell yea, hardware transform and lighting is going to rock the OP's world.
August 18, 2007 2:40:41 AM

turboflame said:
Hell yea, hardware transform and lighting is going to rock the OP's world.


All the Geforces have hardware T&L :-) It's why the brand was introduced. It was a big improvement over the TNTs.

On another note... how is C&C3 in the same category as Doom3 and HL2? :-P
August 18, 2007 3:31:58 AM

My 8100 had a 250 W PSU and the 9600 I stuck in there ran great.
August 18, 2007 3:34:12 AM

cpburns said:
All the Geforces have hardware T&L :-) It's why the brand was introduced. It was a big improvement over the TNTs.

On another note... how is C&C3 in the same category as Doom3 and HL2? :-P


Really? i had a Geforce MX4000 and it didn't have T&L, could that be the only exception?

EDIT: nevermind, idk what I'm talking about, I got T&L confused with pixel shaders,
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