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Few questions about HD 4850?

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December 27, 2008 3:35:06 PM

I'm planning to get a HD 4850 for my m8100n desktop. Here are the GPU's specs:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And my desktop's specs:
Windows Vista 32-bit
3 GB DDR2 800mhz RAM
AMD Athlon x2 5600+ 2.8 ghz
Max monitor resolution: 1680 x 1050




1. Temps? The reviews of that specific card says its quiet and cool, but I have my doubts.

2. Dimensions? Here are pics of my case: (sorry I don't have a ruler in there but that green TV card is about 6.25 inches)
http://s49.photobucket.com/albums/f282/kaitanuvax/?acti...
http://s49.photobucket.com/albums/f282/kaitanuvax/?acti...

3. Will this PSU be sufficient?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Edit: Decided to go with a Corsair PSU due to its great reputation as a quality PSU manufacturer...Even though I'm dishing out $30 more :(  . Guess it's better than buying two PSUs due to one going DOA, right? :bounce: 

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December 28, 2008 5:51:19 AM

For HD4850.. you should get little more powerful PSU.. like 500W... 400W is o.k.... better be higher...
As for the dimensions... you need to risk on something... coz... card is too long...

As for Powercolor HD4850.. it has got a lot of heating problem.... better have some other card with dual slot cooler.... or you'll need to get after market coolers for it......

Better get:
HIS Radeon HD 4850 IceQ4 TurboX 512MB
or
MSI HD4850 512MB
December 28, 2008 6:34:17 AM

PSU: take it up to at least a 500w. 550-600 if you want to be safe.

Case: looks far to short to me... i think u will have problems fitting that.

as meodowla said... go for a card with good cooling. HIS IceQ i have heard good things about... also the Pait sonic edition has good cooling (it has 2 fans + heatpipes so its loud but it depends whether u would rather a cooler or a quieter card)
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December 28, 2008 7:47:20 AM

450 ain't enough. Go with the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... this really is a PERFECT PSU.


The case, it ain't too short. Just measure the space you have between the Sata input cable and the back of the case.

As for the card itself, I'm using a Club3D -> http://www.pcmegastore.nl/catalog/images/CGAX-4852DDF.j...
It's running 34C idle, with 30% fan speed and 50C on load, 30% fan speed.

Videocard is located in an Antec Nine Hundred =>http://www.caseking.de/shop/catalog/images/GEAN_005_1g....
December 28, 2008 1:23:57 PM

Figured the 4850 would have some heating issues. Looked up onto the HIS version with IceQ cooling and it's great.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And I don't think I'll need an upgrade on my 450w PSU. First of all, its a CORSAIR! You can't go wrong with them. And it has 33A on the 12V, plenty enough for the 4850.




As for my case, I think the card might interfere with the two red cables connecting to the mobo. :( 
December 28, 2008 1:43:14 PM

Well you are answering your own questions now? If I'm not able to convince you that a 450 just isn't able to run a HD4850 on it's maximum, I'm not even gonna try then.

We're suggesting you things here, and you're answering your own questions, do you even read our posts?
December 28, 2008 2:58:38 PM

kaitanuva said:
Figured the 4850 would have some heating issues. Looked up onto the HIS version with IceQ cooling and it's great.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And I don't think I'll need an upgrade on my 450w PSU. First of all, its a CORSAIR! You can't go wrong with them. And it has 33A on the 12V, plenty enough for the 4850.




As for my case, I think the card might interfere with the two red cables connecting to the mobo. :( 



PSU is not sufficient. What wou are naming is the max output. RUnning your system with the PSU at 100% is asking for problems, causing instabilitie and system crashes.

ALso, PSU will age and will give less output after a few years, no matter which brand.

Figure howmuch you need and add 50%, then you will have a stable and save running computer.
December 28, 2008 4:58:30 PM

@ kaitanuva.
Everyone above this post is just buying into the Manufacturers scare mongering. That PSU will run a HD4850 standing on its head. End of subject. I know of at least two people who are running 4870's on that PSU and have been since launch with no worries at all. Personally i would run the 4850 but not the 4870 but only because i dont like making up PCIE connectors from the spare molex connectors with the available adaptor. If your motherboard is full size then the card will come up just short of the end of the board, my cousins does anyway :) 
I would go for the HIS card as i have had several in the past and am very happy with the build quality having never had an issue with one. The ICEQ version will help with any heat worries as they exhaust the heat out the back of the case but to be honest. Yes the cards run hot but its not an issue they are made to handle it.
You are spot on with your appraisal of the PSU being infact overpowered for the card and while some people will moan (why post if you already decided). There is nothing wrong in my book with checking. Some times you just want someone to say you are right even if your sure, until you have actually done it there is still this little nagging doubt. Right ??
Mactronix :) 
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