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Graphic Card for an Athlon 64 x2-4400

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November 6, 2008 8:25:16 AM


First of all i will list my specs:

AMD Athlon x2-4400
Ati 1900 XT

Im playing on a 1680 * 1050 resolution and wondering about which graphic card would fit me best.

Im thinking in something like 9600 XFX triple X edition, to avoid neckbottle, but im not very sure if i could get a better card.

What would you suggest for me?

Thank you!! Really!

(And please, forgive me for my bad english).
November 10, 2008 1:34:34 PM

9800 gtx might be a good or 8800 gt
November 10, 2008 1:35:47 PM

that's good enough. get the basic 9600 GT to make it cheaper.
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November 10, 2008 9:36:32 PM

you could go as high as HD4850
November 12, 2008 12:21:41 PM

Well, yesterday i bought the card: XFX 9600 GT triple x edition.

And well, first i runned 3dmark 2006 with my 1900 XT, getting 5189 points... pretty poor... :( 

So, i changed the card especting much more point, and found tou my self watching the screen with just 6908 points...


But i checked the cpu, my amd 4400 x2 (939 socket, its not an AM2) and it was running to 1800 Mhz per core!

I went to the bios, and raised the multiplier from 9 to 10, so i could get 2000Mhz per core. And runned again 3DMark, getting this time 8006 Points. Not a great deal, but better anyway.

So, went back to the bios and raised from 10 to 11. Runned again 3DMark and got 8012 points.

So i think the CPU was making some bottleneck at the first try, but the next ones was just ok with it.

Then, should i change the card? a 4850 is not much more expensive, so probably it worth it, doesnt it?

November 12, 2008 12:28:14 PM

And please, please excuce me my lack of english, but i could not be able to edit my message. Sorry again...
November 12, 2008 1:22:35 PM

I had a similar setup. Upgraded from an x800 pro to a 8800gt and I can play fallout3 on that machine with AA, high quality and good fps.
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November 12, 2008 1:40:57 PM

Here's a review for you. Your X2 4200+ is tested vs an X2 5600+ and single core 4000+. edit: Also a low clocked 8800GS (less powerful than your card), and an HD4850 (more powerful than your card) were used.

3DMark 06 is very CPU dependent, so don't expect your scores to be near someone with the same video card but a faster CPU like a Core 2 Duo. Also keep in mind, overclocking the CPU and GPU can significantly increase the scores, so some people with a 9600GT will blow you out.

The 9600GT was a good choice if you keep your resolution in check. Your CPU will limit it in some games (or areas of the game). At those games/settings you may not see an improvement over the X1900XT. Crank rsolution and FSAA, then you would. You can turn down settings that hurt the CPU (such as physics effects in Crysis) to help the 4200+ out. If you play at 16x10 res or higher and like FSAA, then you could have used a more powerful card like the HD 4850.

If you want to increase performance, you could hit the CPU Overclocking forums and find out more info on squuezing more performance out of that system.

November 12, 2008 3:23:05 PM

my current machine:

4400 X2 939
2 GB Corsair RAM
Windows XP Pro

Only games i struggle with:

Supreme Commander
World in conflict

everything else i can play max without problems even crysis can be played at max although i get 25fps, its still playable. the games ive listed above are very CPU dependent i know that i can more than double my performance in them if i upgrade to a core2duo but money permits, and its not something i can afford at the moment.

you can put as fast a gfx card in there as you want, you will be able to play all the latest games at the highest settings, UNLESS the game is very CPU dependent(most games arnt)
November 12, 2008 3:24:17 PM


the 9600GT is a brilliant buy definitely the best price/performance ratio.
November 12, 2008 3:28:33 PM

damn to the fact i can no longer edit!

anyway, your 4400 should run at 2200Mhz default not 2000Mhz, i have mine overclock by 200 to make it a 4800 at 2400Mhz. its a safe easy overclock to do and will help you push some more frames.
November 12, 2008 7:04:53 PM

Thank you!!

I found that article to be really usefull, and something started to make sense. Anyway ill keep my 9600 till next week, when 4850 arrives. It's just 40 bucks more (euros here ;)  ) and i think it definitely woths it.

By the way, i overclocked my system to 2530 Mhz per core, and got almost 9000 points on 3Dmark. So i hope i will be able to squish 4850's performance better, without paying big loads of money ^^ .