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can my current cpu run a radeon 4850

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can my current cpu run a radeon 4850

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July 20, 2008 7:04:12 PM

I'm new here and I'm currently upgrading my Dell xps 600 and I wanted to know if my current cpu could run a visiontek radeon 4850 512MB.

My current cpu is a Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz(I new it's weak)
2 GB ram
and current card is a nvidia 8600 gt 512mb ( don't no if that mattered).
July 20, 2008 7:11:16 PM

Any CPU could "run" the card, but the problem would be that it'd hold back that card by a lot if it's old and weak. You'll most definitely get a performance boost, but it won't be all that you could be getting.

What you should be more concerned about though is if your Power Supply can handle the 4850. I think it's 450W minimum. Also, I'm not sure about the quality of the PSU's that come with Dell machines.
July 20, 2008 7:17:56 PM

it has a 650 watt supply and if i were to change my cpu what would i go with.
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July 20, 2008 7:18:41 PM

Does your system even have a pcie slot? Or is it agp? Assuming that it is pcie, any card upgrades will probably require a power supply upgrade. Although you might squeak by with your existing power supply and a weaker card.

You would probably see as good an improvement with an 8800GS (like $89 with rebate)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 20, 2008 7:19:25 PM

is your chip socket 775 or 478
July 20, 2008 7:20:21 PM

a 650 watt should be fine on the power as well
July 20, 2008 7:30:28 PM

You might not have a lot of options on a chip. If it is 775, then you should be able to go to Pentium D of some flavor. (I have a 3.4 D running on an ABit aw8d. I am running an 8800gt on it and it runs any game well except crysis with settings high).
July 20, 2008 7:35:14 PM

I have two dual pcie X16 slots and one x1 slot, idk if it's 775 or 478.
July 20, 2008 7:40:00 PM

If it's PCI-e, then your motherboard should be LGA775, not Socket 478.

As far as running the card... Of course it will be able to. Of course, where the bottleneck will lie will depend upon the game you select and the settings you use; you obviously, like most gamers, never use specifically what was used for generic benchmarks; you'd want to adjust your settings to try to balance the load as best as possible.

In your case, though, the "balance" would wind up being pretty absurd; with a 4850 on a 3.0GHz P4, you'd wind up getting a low framerate in a lot of games, though you'd wind up being able to crank the graphics and resolution rather high, without any noticable decrease from your already low framerate. Which, of course, may not be ideal.
July 21, 2008 12:20:47 AM

So I'll be able to run the carduntill i get a better cpu and i learned stuff about my computer that i didn't no thanks everybody.
July 21, 2008 12:40:14 AM

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3.0GHz Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor good or should i get something better if any ideas please tell.
July 21, 2008 5:03:48 AM

It's better than a P4 by far, yes, but your PC runs Intel CPUs and probably has a 775 socket, so you can't use AMD processors.
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