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January 29, 2009 7:14:50 AM

currently using a ATi Radeon X1300 Pro with 2gb DDR2 RAM

question? will a Sapphire HD 4550 512MB DDR3 PCI-E Graphics Card work on my dell c521 with 3gb DDR2 ram 667mhz with the current 280W power supply?

also looking to upgrade to the Athlon X2 5400 2.8 gHz si this wise?

Thanks

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January 29, 2009 9:43:39 AM

wouldnt you want a little more of an upgrade? the hd 4830 is only $~82 versus $60 and is miles ahead
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January 29, 2009 1:01:11 PM

He only has a 280W PSU.
A 4670 or even a 4650 should work, and will be a lot better. Neither requires auxilliary power.
If you're considering a CPU upgrade, perhaps a new build would make more sense, as you could get a new PSU also.
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January 29, 2009 1:36:00 PM

cheers for the reply guys but my machine onll takes low profile so the 4550 was may best bet. It is 4.1 sahder and directx 10 compatiable so should be fine to play cod4 and cod5 etc with my new cpu when i get it lol

Thanks
January 29, 2009 2:56:55 PM

funny you should mention that coz with my current system:

AMD 64 3800+ (2.4GHz)
Ati Radeon X1300 Pro
2gb DDR2 SDRAM

I can run cod4 and on servers have a ping between 45 and 70 and thats using wireless.

Its a slimline case so i will need external PSU because no other fit.

Brought this PC when i was 16 and started playing games after i got into the CS series.
January 29, 2009 9:23:04 PM

go with HD 4670 it plays great under 1680x1050 resolution and runs cool
January 29, 2009 9:29:12 PM

too bad i cant find any low profile 4670 only 4550..
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January 30, 2009 2:49:39 AM

For a low profile card the 4550 isn't too bad though I think the 4350 isn't too bad because while it isn't much slower it can be had for way less. While neither card is great for modern games they are still significantly better than the X1300 you currently have and you shouldn't have a problem running those cards on your system as they don't use much power. This 9500GT may be a little better though

JATON Video-PX498-DLP GeForce 9500 GT 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Of course if you're going to do some crazy external PSU setup the best low profile card is this crazy looking 9600GT

Galaxy 96GFF6VIFCXX GeForce 9600 GT 512MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


January 31, 2009 9:10:02 AM

megamanx00 said:
For a low profile card the 4550 isn't too bad though I think the 4350 isn't too bad because while it isn't much slower it can be had for way less. While neither card is great for modern games they are still significantly better than the X1300 you currently have and you shouldn't have a problem running those cards on your system as they don't use much power. This 9500GT may be a little better though

JATON Video-PX498-DLP GeForce 9500 GT 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Of course if you're going to do some crazy external PSU setup the best low profile card is this crazy looking 9600GT

Galaxy 96GFF6VIFCXX GeForce 9600 GT 512MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



cheers for that mate.

the HD4550 has arrived and in my pc and running awesome cod4 is on max settings graphics and textures and runs awesome.

went on system requirements to see how well cod5 would run and its says i have 1.2GB of video memory :D 
January 31, 2009 1:05:56 PM

The 4670 sounds good to me too, a pity Dell put such a wimpy power supply in that computer.
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