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Final Choice before purchase?

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October 18, 2008 4:06:01 PM

This is the best my motherboard can do until i build a new computer...but which of these cards is the best the 8600 gt or 8600 gts??

Current Specs:

Motherboard = Asrock 775Dual-880 Pro
Intel (R)
Pentium 4 3.00 GHz
2.99GHz 2GB of RAM (DDR 2 PC2 4200)
Current Graphics Card = Matrox Graphics Millenium II PCI
Power Supply = Model LC-8460BTX, 450W
Windows XP Professional
Direct X 9.C

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a c 199 U Graphics card
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October 18, 2008 4:27:47 PM

What do you mean, that is the best your mobo can do? You have a PCIE slot on it. The more likely limit is your PSU; I'm not sure it would safely handle much more than an 8600GT. The 9500GT or HD4670 don't need an auxilliary power connector either, so one of those would be better.
October 18, 2008 4:34:30 PM

I chose those because on the manufacturer page says it supports as much as 8600 i'm not sure any further details would be appreciated
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a c 148 V Motherboard
October 18, 2008 5:09:24 PM

Manufacturer...ASRock? Their link is now broken. In any case, the limiting factor would be power. A 9500GT would perform similarly to an 8600GTS, and an HD4670 would be a LOT better. Both of those use less power than an 8600GTS.
a c 199 U Graphics card
a c 148 V Motherboard
October 18, 2008 5:29:26 PM

Those aren't long cards; they should fit in your case with no problems.
October 18, 2008 5:39:42 PM

Just to notify, shuttle came out with a form factor pc that handled a gtx 280 on a 450 watt psu. IMO your psu should be able to handle anything up to a 8800gt/9800gt.

EDIT: Sorry, I should have read your system specs thoroughly. It would be safer to go for a 8600/9600 instead of my suggested 8800gt as your processor will be a bit of a bottleneck.
October 18, 2008 5:41:21 PM

the problem is the card Crowheart27us suggested it's too long to fit inside my case
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October 18, 2008 5:59:14 PM

A 4670 should be good, yes. I like the HIS models because they exhaust their [little] heat outside of the case.
October 18, 2008 6:00:11 PM

Hell man geta FI BloodIron mobo, an Antec 300 case and a PCpower 610 silencer and then get what ever video card you want.
October 18, 2008 6:04:03 PM

It looks like a standard mid tower to me. It should fit a 9600gt fine. if anything just move your hard drive down so it wont get in the way. from the looks of things its spacing is similar to mine.
October 18, 2008 6:07:00 PM

the problem isn't the hard drive is the ATA 133 connector that is in the way

P.S. it doesnt matter that its 2.0 correct? since i have a PCI Express x16 that runs at x4?
October 18, 2008 6:19:07 PM

Yea ive tried the 9600gt, but it was too long, the ATA 133 connector was in the way so i wouldnt fit
October 18, 2008 6:33:55 PM

Your thinking about your agp slot on your motherboard. that runs at 4x speed your pci-e is running at 16x speed.
- PCI Express Graphics slot: Compaitble w/ PCI Express x16 VGA card*
- AGP8X/4X slot (1.5V only)
- 4 x PCI slots
also even if you got a card that was pci-e 2.0 it will run fine. Most lower end to mid wont use up that much bandwidth.
Also i found several 9600gt(s) that should fit(looks shorter)
Both are from Palit but i think the second one is the better deal. $104 w/free shipping and $20 dollar refund.
October 18, 2008 7:33:59 PM

I would say its a toss up. on crysis there was about 1/2 a frame per second difference. on call of duty 4 it was almost twice as fast. on Devil May Cry 4 it was the opposite the 4670 was faster. on 3dmark06 it shows a 3k difference. on vantage about a 500point difference. also the 4670 is dx 10.1 vs dx 10 and it uses a little less power than the 9600gt. heres the review.
Of course the rig it was tested on is much more powerful than yours.(even mine for that matter)
Obviously you wont max out crysis on high or ultra high settings, but on medium it should do decent enough.
either way its your choice on which one you want. hopefully this helps you decide. Good luck.
October 18, 2008 7:50:07 PM

ATI 4670 will do you well josmil. Its small, and dosent require an additional power plug.
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October 18, 2008 7:56:01 PM

spathotan said:
ATI 4670 will do you well josmil. Its small, and dosent require an additional power plug.

I 2nd that!!! ^^^^ The 4670 won't need any additional power connectors and is neck and neck with the 9600gt.
October 18, 2008 8:28:04 PM

thanks to all of you for your help.
a c 199 U Graphics card
a c 148 V Motherboard
October 18, 2008 8:59:38 PM

Very nice.
October 20, 2008 1:30:54 AM

What do you mean additionnal Power connector ?
October 20, 2008 1:38:05 AM

it means it doesnt need another cable coming from the power supply in order to give it power to work