I have an old Sony Vaio computer that i'd like to know what graphics card would be suitable for it and able to not bottleneck.
Pentium D 2.8ghz
Radeon x800 (it came with a x200, but i got rid of that when i got it)
It doesn't matter if it's Nvidia or ATI. I might not even have this computer long enough to warrant the upgrade, but i might give it away to a relative for gaming needs.
The computer will mainly be used to play EQ2, which is more of a cpu dependent game, but still needs a decent enough graphics card. Whenever i play it, the graphics card goes under full load and it's just loud as can be. If you could suggest a card that's quiet and/or fanless that would be wonderful.
Also, do you think adding ram will make the computer a little bit more faster or is the processor just lacking and it's futile to consider upgrading it?
The 4670 draws a maximum of 48 Watts@12v nominal, unless your PSU has less than 12Amps on the +12v rail (read the label!) this card will be fine. In fact several Dell users with 300W supplies have sucessfully upgraded to this card.
A dual core Celeron would be a downgrade.
yeah i did a little more research. Sony's site didn't have a whole lot so i had to go to Intel instead. I can support C2D so...yeah.
As for graphics card, I don't plan on having this computer for that much longer (might give it to a relative so she doesn't have to game on a laptop.) The 4350 would cost me $25 with a mail in rebate while the lowest 4670 would cost $70. To me, i'm trying to keep this cheap. Going from a x800 to a 4350 is a big enough upgrade.