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February 24, 2009 8:49:40 PM

So im thining of upgrading my gfx card, hd2600xt to something a bit newer. My psu is unbranded 460w. Are the 4670 cards that good? I would like to stick with ati as much as possible. Any suggestions would be graet. Some specs of my comp:

P4 3.4 ht
3gigs cosair ddr2
320gig sata seagate 7200rpm
160gig sata seagate 7200rpm
hd 2600xt 256mb pci-e
xp home ( would like to go to vista for dx10)

I know the cpu isnt that great, but its a dell and well you really cant upgrade their cpu's :(  Im not quite ready to start building comps again, so till then, just like a nice upgrade. I pretty sure that the 2600xt uses a seperate power plug (stock card was a 6800gt pci-e). But the more I think about it, it might just get the watts of off the slot. The 4870 cards will be out of my reach to get and probably the cpu be a bottleneck.

Thank you in advance!

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a c 130 U Graphics card
February 24, 2009 9:02:11 PM

A 4670 is perfect for you and personally i think its people with systems like yours that they are targeted at. it dosent need extra power and should be a good bit better than your 2600.
Mactronix
a b U Graphics card
February 24, 2009 9:41:26 PM

+1 to Mac
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February 24, 2009 10:08:41 PM

yep it would be good for your system. and as mactronix said, it doesn't need a separate power source, meaning it gets all the power through the pci-express connector, which can only deliver 95 (?) watts, so you shouldn't run into any power issues.
a c 130 U Graphics card
February 25, 2009 5:47:56 AM

Nik_I said:
yep it would be good for your system. and as mactronix said, it doesn't need a separate power source, meaning it gets all the power through the pci-express connector, which can only deliver 95 (?) watts, so you shouldn't run into any power issues.



75 but who's counting

Mactronix
a b U Graphics card
February 25, 2009 1:22:03 PM

+1 for the 4670

It is a great low power card and will give you massive performance gains over your current one.
And no, you will not have to upgrade your PSU.
The 4670 is specified to draw a maximum of 59w, still 16w shy of the 75w maximum supplied by a PCIe 1.1 slot.

February 25, 2009 1:37:57 PM

Thank you for the reply's. Unfortunately the comp took a nose dive. The screen started to flicker and shack. Look like waves across the screen. Then it went out. Turned the monitor on and off. Came back on for a few secs then screen went black.

Replaced the card with another one and same results. My guess would be the mobo is going out. Theres a fAilure screen that comes up on boot, but goes by to fast.

So, guess i'll be buildjng a new comp. The 4670 sounds nice..I assume 4870 is nice? Any nvidia cards good? The new 280 would be out. Still 300=4oo$?
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