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HIS X2600 XT with or without fan?

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September 14, 2008 2:00:03 AM

I'm looking at two HIS X2600 XT cards. One with an "IceQ fan" and one without:

With: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Without: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My specs:

AMD Athlon athlon XP 2400+ (2.0ghz)
Asus A7N8X-E (I believe)
1gig ram (DDR-333...I believe...but I'm not 100% sure at the moment, if it matters, I can find the exact.)
200gig harddrive http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_disk_drive (main)
40gig harddrive
GeForce 2 MX 400
LC-B350ATX 350W power supply

I can pay for the fan, but I just wonder if it's necessary (and if it won't take too much power so that it would cause the card to fail because of my power supply)

Then again, who knows if I have the space (but let's assume I do) looks like I have my sound card there, some big white plug of some sort, and the video card video card . I assume there's a way I could fit things in, but yeah. It looks like there's basically a spot in between each, so maybe re-ordering would give it a nicer fit.

Also, since it seems hard to find the wattage...and some say, for instance, that they take 400W or so, and one guy is running the one with the fan on it (which I assume means it takes more power) with a 295 PSU.

Which would you choose?

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a c 126 ) Power supply
September 14, 2008 2:17:27 AM

I can't find anything definitive about that PSU, but it looks like it might be a cheap one. Still, the PSU calculator at http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.js... says you'll only need a 250W PSU. I assumed three fans (front, rear, and CPU), and counted your drives as IDE. Any difference would be slight. I think you should be good to go.
I'd get the one with the IceQ fan. It exhausts any heat out of your case. It is most likely quieter than stock; I put the PRO version of that card with the same cooler in my father's PC and it is pretty much inaudible.
September 14, 2008 2:44:51 AM

Onus said:
I can't find anything definitive about that PSU, but it looks like it might be a cheap one. Still, the PSU calculator at http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.js... says you'll only need a 250W PSU. I assumed three fans (front, rear, and CPU), and counted your drives as IDE. Any difference would be slight. I think you should be good to go.
I'd get the one with the IceQ fan. It exhausts any heat out of your case. It is most likely quieter than stock; I put the PRO version of that card with the same cooler in my father's PC and it is pretty much inaudible.


I bought like 3-4 extra fans or so I think (They were like $3 each or something, so I thought "why not?") but, I'm sure, I can live without them, but do you think that would push the power over the edge? I could probably detach those extra fans if I really need to, but, yeah.

You certainly suggest I get the one with the fan, instead of the one without? It's not too much more, so I figure I might as well, and seeing as how on the backside I only had the few things I mentioned, I could shuffle them around if I need extra space too, right?
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September 14, 2008 5:04:51 AM

Take a look at the HD 4670. $80 for vastly better performance in gaming and video. And takes the same amount of power.

edit: just saw those two are AGP. Sorry. I'd go with fan.
September 14, 2008 6:03:25 AM

Okay. Yeah. That's what I was thinking.

However, I just looked, and, since I was comparing the X2600 XT to the HD 3650, I did see that the X2600 XT uses Shader Model 4.0, and that HD 3650 uses Shader Model 4.1. Just skimming through the specs, that was basically one of the only things I saw. Does that make any difference (since overall the X2600 XT seems better)? Anyone know what the Shader Model difference is?

Edit: I just looked it up, and I see there is a difference. However, of course, it sounds like the Shader Model 4.0 is with DirectX 10, and Shader Model 4.1 is with DirectX 10.1. However, of course you can just upgrade DirectX online, and plus, it's Vista-only and I still have XP, so it doesn't matter moreso. It just must be that since the HD 3650 is newer, it just has a newer DirectX with it, that's all, so it doesn't make a difference at all, because I could always get it later.
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