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December 11, 2008 10:19:03 AM

I am thinking on upgrading my graphic card to a radeon 4830 or 4850. However my system is not so new and i dont want to wast money on a card that my system is holding back. I currently have:

E6600 2,4 ghz core duo
Asus x38 formula motherboard
6 gb Pc8500 corsair dominator ram
500 MW earthwatt PSU
innovision geforce 7950 gt 512 mb

Would this system hold the 4850 performance back?

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a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2008 10:57:35 AM

Yes! Get the 4850 assuming you need it. Also what EXACT PSU do you have? Is it an Antec EA500? Also why not OC that E6600? You have an X38 board and it's wasted if no OCed :)  . Also depending on tha games you run you might want to go with 4830 in CrossFire.

a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2008 11:14:16 AM

Another +1 for the 4850. That's a great card for the price.
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December 11, 2008 11:14:30 AM

no. your system is perfectly fine.

one thing you might want to consider- OC your CPU- for added speed.
December 11, 2008 1:11:00 PM

Thanks for the reply.
yes I know that it ought to be easy to get it up high, especially with all the OC features my motherboard provide. But how much more performence would I expect to gain? Cause I am still only a student and can only afford to upgrade/replace components twice a year or so and if the gain vs risk is low then I think I can manage until I can afford to really test it through.
Also I have 4 ram moduls and because of that they can only run with 800 Mhz and not the 1066 Mhz. Guess I could tamper with that but I do not know how to ;) 
December 11, 2008 1:19:14 PM

Hi again
To Shadow703793
Its a EarthWatts 500 Watt power supply (80 PLUSĀ®certified) that came with my Antec Sonata III 500
What I can tell from their web page it is an Ea500 as you ask about
a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2008 7:24:21 PM

^ Ok then it's fine to upgrade to the 4850.

OCing will only take out about 1 year off the life. Usual non OCed life is only 7-8 years imo. By the time your CPU dies the tech will be history. You can gain ~25-30% performance in all/most apps if OCed.