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September 9, 2008 9:49:22 PM

I'm trying to upgrade to a new video card, but i need a low-cost card that doesnt use much power.

Currently have a weak 300W power supply powering 3GB of RAM and an E6420, with a max of 19A on the 12v rail...

i'm looking at this card and wondering if it would work alright:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

any thoughts?

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September 9, 2008 9:51:10 PM

It should be fine.
September 9, 2008 9:53:33 PM

You should have no problems running that card whatsoever.
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September 9, 2008 9:57:30 PM

Thanks for the fast replies, any other cards you would recommend?
Just need the greatest (and best value) card i can get that'll run on a 300W power supply and a 19A 12v rail
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September 9, 2008 10:47:56 PM

mustacheman8 said:
Thanks for the fast replies, any other cards you would recommend?
Just need the greatest (and best value) card i can get that'll run on a 300W power supply and a 19A 12v rail


Well it depends on what you plan on doing with it.

As dagger mentioned the HD2600 series is another option.

But for gaming I would recommend waiting for the HD4650/4670 and seeing what it brings to the table for a card that doesn't require an additional power connector.

The HD4650 is supposed to be in the GF9500GT's performance area, and the 4670 well above it.

It's launching soon, and should give you the best performance options, but value is a relative thing and of course close to launch may or may not be a value consideration.
September 10, 2008 2:31:10 AM

thanks everyone, i think i've decided to go with the Radeon HD 3650
I liked the 2600XT idea but i don't have an open slot for that heatsink and fan.
September 10, 2008 2:35:18 AM

I'd wait for the HD 46xx's. I think they come out tomorrow, and they look like they'll blow the HD3650 away.
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September 11, 2008 9:19:59 AM

Yeah. What you want is a 4670.
September 11, 2008 12:33:50 PM

It's also a lot more expensive though. :p 
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September 11, 2008 8:23:52 PM

But if he's gaming it is worth the extra $30-40 though for the added boost.
It's all relative for sure, but for his setup without laying out more for a PSU etc, then the HD4650/70 are good options.

The HD2600 is still a pretty good value, but you will be more limited.
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